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Queen's University

Steven Maynard

maynardsteven.jpg Adjunct Lecturer
Canadian History

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 78778
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall, Room 127
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Ph.D., Queen's, (ABD)
M.A., Queen's, 1987
B.A., Mount Allison, 1985


"Knowledge implies a certain political conformity in its presentation. In a history course, you are asked to learn certain things and to ignore others ... To take [an] example: the workers, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, carried out detailed investigations into their material conditions. This work served Marx for the bulk of his documentation ... Yet this knowledge has never been allowed to function within official knowledge ... Knowledge keeps its distance: this should not be known! ... This presentation affects everything that is said and done in the present."
M. Foucault, "Revolutionary Action: 'Until Now'," 1971

Steven is a Canadian social historian, specializing in the history of sexuality. He first came to Queen's back in the mid-1980s to begin graduate work in the Department of History. He must have liked it; he's still around. Steven is the founder and on-going co-chair of the Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality, a sub-group of the Canadian Historical Association ( He is also the Book Review Editor of the Canadian Historical Review( Steven has been active in the gay/lesbian movement for many years, and writes frequently on politics, culture and history for the lesbian/gay community press. He lives in Toronto.


In 2014/15, I will be teaching three courses. In addition to HIST 124, the first-year Canadian survey course, I will also be teaching "Foucault for Historians," a senior seminar, in the fall, and a lecture course on the history of sexuality in Canada in the winter term. For details on these courses, see the descriptions on the undergraduate page of the Department's website.

Courses Taught

HIST 124: Canada and the World
HIST 210: The History of Sexuality in Canada
HIST 278: Canada to 1896
HIST 300: The History and Politics of Friendship
HIST 312: Canadian Social History
HIST 458: Social History of Modern Canada
HIST 464: The History of Sexuality

Research Interests and Publications

My research falls primarily within the history of sexuality. I am currently completing two projects: Infamous Men: Perversion and Policing in Toronto, 1880-1940 (University of Chicago Press) and Sodom North: Explorations in Lesbian/Gay History in Canada (University of Toronto Press). I'm also interested and publish in the areas of gender and working-class history, Foucault studies, historiography, and archival theory and practice. My work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and anthologies, including the Canadian Historical Review, Labour/Le Travail, Archivaria, Journal of Urban History, Left History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Radical History Review, and the Journal of Canadian Studies. Steven's work has been awarded the prize for best article in the Canadian Historical Review, the Audre Lorde prize of the American Historical Association's Committee on LGBT History, and the Association of Canadian Archivists' 2010 W. Kaye Lamb Prize for the article that "most advances archival thinking in Canada."

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000