Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Karen Dubinsky

Jointly appointed to the Department of History

PhD History, Queen's University

Phone:  613-533-6000, ext 74374
Fax:  613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall A401
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Office hours:
By Appointment

Research Interests

Global childhood issues (adoption/migration history and the politics of childhood), Cuban musical cultures, Canadian/Third world relations, transnational historical perspectives.

I am trained as a Canadian historian, and teach in both Development Studies and the History Department. I have varied research interests, including global childhood issues (such as adoption and migration conflicts), Canadian/global south relations, and Cuban musical cultures. Previous research projects included the history of sexual violence and the history of tourism in Canada. I co-teach an undergraduate course on Cuban culture, which takes Queen's students to Havana for a field school in May. Through this work, I have developed a subfield of research on music as a form of political language in contemporary Cuba.

Current Projects

Children, Ideology, Iconography: How Babies Rule the World (book in progress, about the representation of children in the imagery of global political and social movements in the twentieth century)

Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills, Scott Rutherford (eds.) Canada and The Third World: An Historical Introduction (in progress, introductory textbook about the history of Canada's economic, political and social ties with countries of the developing world)

Supervisory Interests

Most of my graduate supervisions are in the History department but I occasionally supervise graduate students in Global Development Studies and Cultural Studies.

Topics I have recently supervised (completed and in progress) include PhD dissertations on: aboriginal decolonization movements in the 1960s, Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Canadian countercultures in the 1960s, the history of Canadian toy manufacturing, Canadian/Caribbean economic and social relations, a comparative study of children's rights in Canada and India, the transnational history of gay rights journalism, and the history of tourism.

Other Appointments


Jointly appointed with Department of History


DEVS 100B:  Canada and the Third World

DEVS 305:  Cuban Culture and Society (taught at Queen's University and the University of Havana)

HIST 865:  Empires and Intimacies



Karen Dubinsky. Cuba Beyond the Beach (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2016)
Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds.) Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016)
Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry and Henry Yu (eds.) Within and Without the Nation: Transnational Canadian History  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.)
Caridad Cumana, Karen Dubinsky and Xenia Reloba (eds.)  My Havana: The Musical City of Carlos Varela  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)
Karen Dubinsky, Caridad Cumana and Xenia Reloba (eds) Habáname: La Ciudad Musical de Carlos Varela (La Habana, Centro Pablo de la Torriente Brau, 2013)
Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas (University of Toronto Press and New York University Press, 2010)
Karen Dubinsky, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds.) New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness  (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2009)
The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls (Toronto: Between the Lines and New Brunswick New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, May, 1999)
Improper Advances: Rape and Heterosexual Conflict in Ontario, 1880-1929 (University of Chicago Press, 1993)