Twentieth Century Canadian and American Cultural History
Master of Arts, Queen's University, 2010
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Guelph, 2009
Kendall Garton is a fourth year doctoral candidate specializing in Canadian-American cultural and economic relations with particular interests in national identity, consumption, and popular culture. Her dissertation examines Canadian efforts to compete with rising Americanization in the 1960s. In this period, even the doll counter became a cultural battlefield as Canadian toy companies rushed to create distinctly 'Canadian' offerings to compete with the American Barbie doll. Kendall works under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Brison and recently completed a research fellowship at the Library and Archives of Play in Rochester, New York.
"On the Edge of the Barbie World: Cultural Trade Missions and the Marketing of Canadian Identity," Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, University of Toronto, May 2014.
"Printing in Colour: 'Otherness' in the Pages of Maclean's and Chatelaine, 1950-1959," McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, McGill University, March 2012.
"Pop Goes the Sunday School: Popular Culture and Postwar Religion Education in Ontario," 20th Annual Milton Plesur Graduate Conference in History, University of Buffalo, April 2011.
""Apocalypse at the Doll Counter": The Barbie Doll in Canada, 1959-1969," Child and Teen Consumption Conference 2010 at Linköping University in Norrköping, Sweden, June 2010.
HIST 390 – American Cultural History