Department of History



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Katelyn Arac

Ph.D. Candidate



Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History, St. Francis Xavier University 2014
Master of Arts in History, Queen’s University 2015


Katelyn is a first year PhD and her research interests include Canadian political, legal and social history in the 20th century. Supervised by Dr. Barrington Walker, her research focuses on the immigration of war criminals into the country after the Second World War and reactions to their entry. The debate spurred by the entry of war criminals into the country challenged the notion of Canadian identity and sparked debate between various ethnic communities. Concepts of multiculturalism and national identity were crucial concepts that the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals was forced to address. Her work will focus on a broad analysis of this Commission, from how the past informed the proceedings to how the Commission influenced future actions.

Teaching Assistantships

Hist 222 Jewish and World Civilizations (since 1492), Queen’s University 2016
Hist 208 Introduction to Themes of Canadian History 1, Queen’s University 2014
Hist 211 History of the Cold War, Queen’s University, 2015


Arac, Katelyn. 2015. Review of Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust, by Michael J. Bazyler and Frank M. Tuerkheimer. Canadian Military History 25, no.2 (Fall, 2016): 284.

Conference Presentations

“War Crimes: A Definition of Ambiguity.” Western History Graduate Conference, May 2015.

“Judicial Responses to War Criminals in Canada: the Shifting Definition of War Crimes Within the Canadian Legal System.” McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History , March 2015.

“War Criminals in Our Midst: Canada’s Response to Nazi War Criminals in Canada, 1945-1985.” Atlantic Undergraduate Universities History and Classics Conference, 2014.

“Contact with the Inuit and Dene: A Process of Change through the Centuries.” Dalhousie Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Conference History, 2013.


Arthur and Evelyn Lower Graduate Fellowship, 2015-2016
Arthur and Evelyn Lower Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2015
Dr. Marguerite Michaud Prize for Canadian Studies, St. Francis Xavier University, 2014
The Hogan-Phillips Prize in History, St. Francis Xavier University, 2014