Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Elizabeth Hurley

MA Candidate
Canadian History 


Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction), History, Queen’s University, 2020 


My current research interests are twentieth-century Canadian refugee policy and the country's response to humanitarian crises. More specifically, I would like to examine the national movement to privately sponsor Southeast Asian refugees in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During this period, the federal government and citizens forged a salutary partnership that was catalyzed by Operation Lifeline – a grassroots organization founded in 1979 to provide private sponsors with the resources to integrate thousands of refugees across the country. Through my research, I hope to gain an understanding of how the use of private sponsorship, a unique attribute of Canada's refugee policy, has influenced its role in administering humanitarian aid.