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Queen's University

Asa McKercher

Social Science and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74208
Office:  104 Watson Hall


PhD, University of Cambridge (2013)
MA, University of Ottawa (2009)
BA, Honours, University of Ottawa (2007)


Archival Assistant, Library and Archives Canada (2007-2010)

My research focuses on twentieth century international history, broadly conceived. Examining comparative reactions to the Cuban Revolution, my doctoral dissertation, 'Canada, Britain, the United States and the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1968', is serving as the basis for two projects. The first explores Anglo-American interaction with revolutionary Cuba within the context of Caribbean decolonisation and the emergence of the 'Third World' at the height of the Cold War. The second is a history of Canadian-Cuban relations that uses Cuba as a lens to examine Canadians' views of the world in the 1960s and their competing visions of Canada's international role.


'A "Half-hearted Response"?: Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962', International History Review 33, no. 2 (June 2011): 335-52

'Dealing with Diefenbaker: Canada-US Relations 1958', International Journal66, no. 4 (Autumn 2011): 1043-60 – Awarded the 2011 Marvin Gelber Essay Prize for best article by a junior scholar

'"The most serious problem"?: Canada-US Relations and Cuba, 1962', Cold War History12, no. 1 (March 2012): 69-88

'Southern Exposure: Diefenbaker, Latin America, and the Organization of American States', Canadian Historical Review93, no. 1 (March 2012): 57-80

'Principles and Partnership: Merchant, Heeney, and the Craft of Canada-US Relations', American Review of Canadian Studies 42, no. 1 (March 2012): 67-83

"'An omen of things to come": The Goldwater Campaign, American Conservatism and the "Special Relationship"', Journal of Transatlantic Studies 10, no. 3 (September 2012): 234-51

'Diefenbaker's World: One Canada and the History of Canadian-American Relations, 1961-63', The Historian 75, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 94-120

'Steamed Up: Domestic Politics, Congress and Cuba, 1959-1963', Diplomatic History­ (forthcoming, 2013)

'Stuck in the Middle with You: Canada, Mediation, and the US-Cuba Dispute, 1960-1962', Journal of Cold War Studies (forthcoming, 2014)

"The Centre Cannot Hold: Canada, Colonialism, and the 'Afro-Asian Bloc' at the United Nations, 1960-1962", Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (forthcoming, 2014)

'"Complicated and Far-Reaching": The Historical Foundations of Canadian Policy Towards Cuba', in C. Krull (ed.), Cuba in a Global Context: International Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism. University Press of Florida, (January 2014)

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