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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 he focused on the history of Colonial North America. His dissertation, supervised by Barrington Walker, focuses on the history of Canadian of multiculturalism and specifically the life and thought of the so-called “father of Canadian multiculturalism”: Watson Kirkconnell. In writing a comprehensive study of this fascinating and enigmatic intellectual, Daniel seeks to raise broader questions about multiculturalism as a social and ideological phenomenon, using Kirkconnell as a window into assumptions about race, empire, and hierarchy within a modern Canadian state.

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:

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
International Council for Canadian Studies 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