Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Max Hamon

Buchanan Post-doctoral Fellow
19th Century Canada and the Borderlands
Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest and Global History


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext. 74381
Office: Watson Hall, Room 304



Ph.D. McGill University
M.A. Central European University
M.Phil. Trinity College, University of Ireland
B.A. University College, Universiteit Utrecht


Max Hamon teaches and researches the history of colonial North America during the long 19th-century, with particular interest in the intellectual and cultural history of the Métis and French Canada. His writing draws links between the histories of the east, west, north and south, the French and the English, Indigenous and settler histories. His first book, The Audacity of his Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation that Canada Never Was (1840-1875) explores the formation of the Canadian state in the nineteenth century and highlights the perspective of Louis Riel. His current research concerns the history of policing in British North America and Canada.

Courses taught at Queen’s University

Hist 242: Policing Canada: A Cultural-Political History of Security and Surveillance
Hist 207: Global Indigenous Histories, Online course, Winter 2019


The Audacity of his Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation that Canada Never Was. McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming (December 2019).

“‘Recognise us as a people not as buffaloes’: Louis Riel and the Gendering of the Red River Public Sphere,” Violence, Order, and Unrest: A History of British North America, 1749–1876, edited by Jerry Bannister, Elizabeth Manke, Denis McKim and Scott See. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

“Contesting Civilization: Louis Riel’s Defence of Culture at the Collège de Montréal,” Canadian Historical Review, vol. 67, no. 1 (March 2016).