After finishing my BA in 2006, I went on to do a MA (2007) and subsequently a PhD in history (2012) at York University. I'm now an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo, working as a Canadian and digital historian. My primary research focus is on how historians can use web archives, as well as the impact of digital sources on historical practice more generally. I’ve written two monographs, History in the Age of Abundance (2019) and Rebel Youth (2014).
In 2016 I received the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities’ Outstanding Early Career Award, the 2019 Arts Excellence in Research Award at the University of Waterloo, and in 2020 was named an Honourary Archivist by the Association of Canadian Archivists.
Queen's was really where my love for history was cemented, and it was influential mentors like Dr. Ian McKay who suggested that I go on to graduate school. To this day, I know that the small class sizes, seminar opportunities, and collegial environment at Queen's University played a significant role in my subsequent development as a historian. The department provided an outstanding experience: great faculty members, challenging courses, and a real dedication to undergraduate education.
I live in Waterloo with my partner, son, and daughter. I joke with my kids that they’ll have to go to Queen’s when they’re older, in part so I’ll have an excuse to come back to visit Kingston!