Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Karen Dubinsky

Professor
Canada from a transnational perspective, Canada/Global South relations;
the Global Politics of Childhood; Cuban musical cultures; gender/sexuality

 

E-mail: dubinsky@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74374
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Mac Corry A401

 

Education

Ph.D., Queen's, 1991
B.A./M.A., Carleton University, 1985


About

Karen Dubinsky teaches in the departments of Global Development Studies and History. She has published and edited books on a wide variety of topics, including the history of gender and sexuality in Canada (Improper Advances: Rape and Heterosexual Conflict in Ontario, 1880-1929 and The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooners, Heterosexuality and the Tourist Industry at Niagara Falls;the global 1960s (New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness;adoption and child migration in Canada, Cuba and Guatemala (Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas); the politics of music in Cuba (My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela). She has co-edited two recent anthologies about Canada and the world (Within and Without the Nation: Transnational Canadian History and Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories). Her most recent book is Cuba Beyond the Beach: Stories of Life in Havana

She is currently working on a book about the iconography of children in global social and political movements, as well as continued projects on Cuban cultural themes.

She is a recipient of two teaching awards:  the Queen's University Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and the Queen’s Award for International Educational Innovation

Courses Taught

Global Development Studies:

Introduction to Canada and the "Third World"

“Cuban Culture and Society”  - an interdisciplinary course that includes a two week program at the University of Havana.  For further information see the DEVS website.

History:

History 865: Empires and Intimacies - a course that explores the intimate (familial/sexual/gendered) aspects of colonial relations, transnational; drawing principally from the Americas.

Principle fields for graduate supervision: Canada/Global South relations, the global politics of childhood, North American women's/gender history, History of sexuality, History of tourism/popular culture.

Selected Publications

Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry and Henry Yu (eds.) Within and Without the Nation: Transnational Canadian History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.)

Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills, Scott Rutherford (eds.) Canada and The Third World: An Historical Introduction (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2016)

Caridad Cumana, Karen Dubinsky and Xenia Reloba (eds.) My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)

Karen Dubinsky, Caridad Cumana and Xenia Reloba (eds) Habáname: La Ciudad Musical de Carlos Varela (La Habana, Centro Pablo de la Torriente Brau, 2013)

Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas(University of Toronto Press and New York University Press, 2010)

Karen Dubinsky, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds.) New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2009)

The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls (Toronto: Between the Lines and New Brunswick New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, May, 1999)

Improper Advances: Rape and Heterosexual Conflict in Ontario, 1880-1929 (University of Chicago Press, 1993) Book in progress: Children, Ideology, Iconography: How Babies Rule the World

Book in progress:

Children, Ideology, Iconography: How Babies Rule the World