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Queen's University

Stephen Smith


Ph.D. Candidate
Nineteenth-Century North America, State and Civil Society, Political Violence

Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74073
Fax: 613-533-6298


M. A. Queen's University, 2011
B. A. (First Class Honours with Distinction) Mount Allison University, 2010


A native of Ottawa, I completed my B.A. at Mount A. in Sackville, New Brunswick (history honours with a minor in geography). I then began a Master's degree at Queen's. I completed my cognate essay under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey McNairn focusing on loyalty celebrations in nineteenth-century Kingston. I am happy to be able to continue my studies under his supervision at the doctoral level.

My specialization is in fraternalism, violence, and the public sphere in the nineteenth-century British North America-United States Borderland. Building on work from my undergraduate and graduate studies, my doctoral research focuses on the relationship between violence, voluntary associations, and the state using as case studies the volunteer militias, secret societies, and political associations that emerged around the 1837-8 Rebellion in Lower and Upper Canada and the subsequent border troubles.


“God Save the King?: The Evolution of Loyalty in the Limestone City, 1819-1841,” Historic Kingston 62 (2014): 14-44.

Selected Conference Presentations

Smith, Stephen. ““Come forward manfully with plans of action, and not mere resolutions”: The 1837-38 Rebellions and the Growth of Voluntarism,” 93rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 26-28, 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

“Border Ruffians or Irish Emancipators? The Contest for Public Opinion During the Fenian Raids of 1865-1866,” 22nd Annual Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, April 6, 2013, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.

"Geographic Borders and Gendered Boundaries: Borderlands, Masculinity, and Political Violence on the 'Canada'-U.S. Frontier, 1837-1841," Third Annual International Graduate Historical Studies Conference, April 13-14, 2012, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


Teaching Fellow HIST 335 the Age of Jackson

Online Course Development
HIST 124 Online unit design on the Rebellion and responsible government


Fall: HIST 216; Civil War and Reconstruction

Fall: HIST 216; Civil War and Reconstruction
Winter: HIST 209; Introduction to Themes in Canadian History II

Winter: HIST 261; History of Acadia 1604 to Today

Fall: HIST 287; Early Modern England
Winter: HIST 201; Europe, 1572-1815


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000