Karen Dubinsky

Karen Dubinsky


PhD (History), Queen's University

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, A401

PhD History, Queen's University

Global Development Studies and History

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF 255KB)

Canadian-Global South relations particularly Cuba; Cuban musical cultures; global childhood issues (adoption/migration history and the politics of childhood), 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. 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 sub field of research on music as a form of political language in contemporary Cuba.

Current Projects:

I’m researching a book on Cuban-Canadian cultural and non-governmental relations including topics such as development assistance, educational ties, musical and other cultural exchanges. I co-host a podcast on this topic called Cuban Serenade, about Cuban musicians in Canada. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud. https://open.spotify.com/show/2ruiMC0wJKcVnRdAVnDI5S?si=DQen1VDaQgiE4nam...

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 include PhD dissertations on: aboriginal decolonization movements in the 1960s, Canadian Cuban dance relations, the global politics of poverty in Canada, the history of lesbian and gay parenting in Canada, , a comparative study of children's rights in Canada and India, the transnational history of gay rights journalism, and the history of tourism.

Jointly appointed to the Department of History and the Department of Global Development Studies.

Cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies



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) 

Cuba Beyond the Beach Book Cover Canada and the Third World Overlapping Histories Book Cover Within and Without the Nation Book Cover My Havana Book Cover