Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Daniel Meister

Ph.D. Candidate
Modern Canadian cultural and intellectual history

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Master of Arts, Queen's University, 2014


In the course of his PhD, Daniel has completed a major field of study in modern Canadian history (with a focus on immigration), a minor field of study in Environmental history (with a focus on environmental philosophy), and during his Master’s he explored the history of Colonial North America. His dissertation, supervised by Barrington Walker, details the intellectual origins of Canadian multiculturalism and examines how ideas about race shaped Canadians’ understanding of diversity. It seeks to determine how these ideas about race and diversity evolved, and how they informed the conversations that preceded the emergence of an official policy of multiculturalism. In order to better understand this change over time, the dissertation delves into the life and thought of a number of public intellectuals known for their discussions of race, ethnicity, and immigration.

Daniel is currently a Co-president, with Diane Whitelaw, of the Graduate History Student’s Association.

Current Teaching Fellowship

HIST 458, Social History of Modern Canada


Citizenship in Transnational Perspective: Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, ed. Jatinder Mann” (Review). Canadian Historical Review  99, no. 2 (June 2018): 325-27.

The Biographical Turn and Historical Biography.History Compass 16, no. 1 (January 2018).

“Building Democracy.” Dorchester Review (Autumn/Winter 2017): 18-19.
“‘Innocent Partner’? Reassessing the Canadian Intelligence Apparatus.” Inquire Publication (Spring 2014): 19-23.


“A Question of Parentage: Watson Kirkconnell and Canadian Multiculturalism.” Paper presented at the CHA Annual Meeting, Regina, SK, May 2018.

“The Origins of Canadian Multiculturalism and the Case of Watson Kirkconnell.” Paper presented as part of “Constructing Our Identities: MyOntario – A Vision Over Time” speakers series at the Fulford Place museum. Brockville, Ont., March 2017.

“Bee-ing White: Representations of Race in 1830s Pictou, Nova Scotia.”  Paper presented at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History.  Kingston, Ont., March 2015.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2016-2019
ICCS Graduate Student Scholarship, 2017
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015-2016
Arthur & Evelyn Lower Fellowship, 2015-2016