Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

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Ph.D. Candidate
Nineteenth-Century North America, State and Civil Society, Political Violence


E-mail: stephen [dot] smith [at]
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 78685
Fax: 613-533-6298



M. A. Queen's University, 2011
B. A. (First Class Honours with Distinction) Mount Allison University, 2010


A native of Ottawa, I completed my B.A. at Mount A. in Sackville, New Brunswick (history honours with a minor in geography). I then began a Master's degree at Queen's. I completed my cognate essay under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey McNairn focusing on loyalty celebrations in nineteenth-century Kingston. I am happy to be able to continue my studies under his supervision at the doctoral level.

My specialization is in the public sphere, violence, and voluntary organizing in the nineteenth-century British North America-United States borderland. Building on work from my undergraduate and graduate studies, my doctoral research focuses on the relationship between violence, voluntary associations, and the press using as case studies the volunteer militias, secret societies, and political associations that emerged around the 1837-8 Rebellion in Lower and Upper Canada and the subsequent border troubles.


“God Save the King?: The Evolution of Loyalty in the Limestone City, 1819-1841,” Historic Kingston 62 (2014): 14-44.

Selected Conference and Workshop Presentations

“Making a Patriot Order: Violence, Respectability, and the Press in Exile, 1838-1847,” SSHRC Funded Workshop “Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order,” June 22-23, 2016, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS.

“Deliberative Disorder: Violence, Voluntary Associations, and the Press, 1835-1839,” SSHRC Funded Workshop “Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order,” June 25-26, 2015, The University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB.

““Come forward manfully with plans of action, and not mere resolutions”: The 1837-38 Rebellions and the Growth of Voluntarism,” 93rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 26-28, 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

 “Border Ruffians or Irish Emancipators? The Contest for Public Opinion During the Fenian Raids of 1865-1866,” 22nd Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, April 6, 2013, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.

"Geographic Borders and Gendered Boundaries: Borderlands, Masculinity, and Political Violence on the 'Canada'-U.S. Frontier, 1837-1841," Third Annual International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, April 13-14, 2012, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


Teaching Fellow

HIST 335 the Age of Jackson 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/17

Online Course Development

HIST 124 Online unit design on the Rebellion and responsible government

HIST 260 Online unit design “The Age of Revolution, 1763-1837”


Fall: HIST 216; Civil War and Reconstruction

Fall: HIST 216; Civil War and Reconstruction
Winter: HIST 209; Introduction to Themes in Canadian History II

Winter: HIST 261; History of Acadia 1604 to Today

Fall: HIST 287; Early Modern England
Winter: HIST 201; Europe, 1572-1815