Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Daniel Meister

Ph.d. Candidate
Modern Canadian cultural and intellectual history

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Master of Arts, Queen's University, 2014
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), 2013


In the course of his PhD, Daniel has completed a major field of study in modern Canadian history (with a focus on immigration), a minor field of study in Environmental history (with a focus on environmental philosophy), and during his Master’s explored the history of Colonial North America. His dissertation, supervised by Barrington Walker, examines the intellectual history of Canadian multiculturalism. Specifically, it explores how ideas about race shaped Canadians’ understanding of diversity and how these ideas evolved but continued to inform the conversations that preceded the emergence of an official policy of multiculturalism. One major figure in this study is Watson Kirkconnell, an enigmatic and fascinating intellectual, who has been deemed by some to be the “father of Canadian multiculturalism.”

Teaching Fellowships

HIST 124, Canada in the World (2017-18)

Teaching Assistantships

HIST 124, Canada in the World (2016-17)
HIST 214, Food in Global History (2016)
HIST 209, Themes in Canadian History 2 (2015)
HIST 240, History of Public Policy (2013-14)

Publications and Presentations


“Bee-ing White: Representations of Race in 1830s Pictou, Nova Scotia.”  Paper presented at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History.  Kingston, Ont., March 2015.


“The Origins of Canadian Multiculturalism and the case of Watson Kirkconnell.” Paper presented as part of “Constructing Our Identities: MyOntario – A Vision Over Time” speakers series at the Fulford Place museum. Brockville, Ont., March 2017.

“Deconstructing the Tuition Rebate Argument.”  Telegraph-Journal (7 May 2015): A11.

“‘Innocent Partner’?  Reassessing the Canadian Intelligence Apparatus.”  Inquire Publication (Spring 2014): 19-23.

Fellowships and Awards

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2016-2019
ICCS Graduate Student Scholarship, 2017
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015-2016
Arthur & Evelyn Lower Fellowship, 2015-2016
Franklin & Helen Bracken Fellowship, 2014-2015
Queen’s Graduate Award, 2013-2014; 2014-2015
Women’s Canadian Historical Society Award, 2013-2014