Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Matthew Barrett

Ph.D. Candidate
Canadian Military History





M.A. Queen's University, 2013
B.A. Honours, University of Toronto, 2011


Matt Barrett is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Allan English. He studies the concept of military honour by examining the dismissal and cashiering of Canadian officers during both World Wars. Additional research focuses on Canadian public and institutional attitudes toward suicide in the military. His other interests include illustration, animation and caricature. He recently illustrated a First World War graphic novel on the Battle of Hill 70. He also has developed an online project to profile every battalion commander in the Canadian Expeditionary Force: "Patriots, Crooks and Safety-Firsters: Colonels of the CEF”:


Academic Articles

“Military Leadership in the Great War: Patriots, Crooks and Safety-Firsters,” Dorchester Review, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Summer 2017): 61-67.
“‘Natural leaders of a democratic army’: Parliament Goes to War,” British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 23-44.
“‘Absolutely Incapable of Carrying on’: Shell Shock, Suicide, and the Death of Lieutenant Colonel Sam Sharpe,” Canadian Military History, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring 2016).
With Allan English. “Fallen on the Field of Honour?: Attitudes of the Canadian Public towards Suicides in the Canadian Military, 1914-2014,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Fall 2015): 22-28.
“‘Hero of the Half-Breed Rebellion’: Gabriel Dumont and Late Victorian Military Masculinity,” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Fall 2014): 79-107.


With Erin O’Toole, MP, “How we can heal the invisible wounds of war,” Globe & Mail (29 Apr 2017).

Graphic Novel

With Rob Engen. Battle of Hill 70 (Kingston: Hill 70 Memorial Project, 2016).


SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2015—2019            
Arthur and Evelyn Lower Graduate Fellowship, 2014—2015