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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate
Canadian Left, North American Religion

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298


BA (Honours History), University of Winnipeg, 2010
MA (History), Queen's University, 2011


My general research interests are in North American social, cultural and political history. More specifically I'm interested in movements that combined religious and political dissent, from pacifism in the War of 1812 to the "godless Communists" of the 1930s. My dissertation, supervised by Dr. Ian McKay, will examine controversies involving religious doubt and unbelief in Canada from 1920-1940, with a special focus on popular atheism.


"'Something Dead Under the House': Management Conflict in the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1930s," Manitoba History 65 (Winter 2011), 2-12.

Conference Presentations

"'Canada's Only Professional Atheist': A Victorian Rationalist Encounters the Twentieth Century", Presented at the McGill-Queen's Graduate Student Conference, March 2-4, 2012 in Montreal.

"Where We Are In the Flow of Time: From Prophetic Chart to Multimedia Spectacle," presented at the American Academy of Religion Eastern International Region Meeting, May 3-4, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario.

"From the Margins: A Roundtable on Atheism and Unbelief in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Britain and Canada," along with Lynne Marks, Tina Block, Patrick Corbeil and Callum Brown, at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, June 5, 2013 in Victoria, B.C.

Post-Graduate Awards

2014: Lower Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History
2010: SSHRC Master's Scholarship
2010: Lower Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History
2010: Queen's University Tri-Council Award
2011-2014: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
2011: Queen's University Tri-Council Award

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000