Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Lisa Pasolli

Assistant Professor
20th Century Canada

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74379
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall, 302



Ph.D., University of Victoria, 2012
M.A., University of New Brunswick, 2007
B.A., University of Lethbridge, 2005



Lisa Pasolli is a historian of 20th century Canada, with specialties in the history of social policy, women and gender, and the politics of child care. Her book, Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma: A History of British Columbia’s Social Policy (2015) examines the long-standing struggle over public child care as a welfare and women’s rights issue, and was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s BC Clio Prize. Her current project examines the national politics of child care since the Second World War and is situated in the history of motherhood, the welfare state, caring labour, and gendered social regulation in Canada.


Working Mothers and the Child Care Dilemma: A History of British Columbia’s Social Policy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015. (Winner of the Canadian Historical Association BC Clio Prize; Shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia)
With Julia Smith, “Challenging Work: Feminist Scholarship on Women, Gender, and Work in Canadian History,” in Reading Canadian Women’s and Gender History, eds. Nancy Janovicek and Carmen Nielsen (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)
With Julia Smith, “The Labor Relations of Love: Workers, Child Care, and the State in 1970s Vancouver, British Columbia,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History (14 no. 4, December 2017): 39-60. (Winner of the Canadian Committee on Labour History Best Article Prize)
“Child Care and Feminism in Canada,” in Gender, Feminism, and Global Cross-Cultural Connections: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Glenda Bonifacio (Emerald Publishing, November 2017).
“‘I ask you, Mr. Mitchell, is the emergency over?’: Debating Day Nurseries in the Second World War,” Canadian Historical Review 96, 1 (March 2015): 1-31. (Winner of the CHA Political History Group Article Prize; Winner of The Canadian Historical Review Best Paper Prize)
“‘A Proper Independent Spirit’: Working Mothers and the Vancouver City Crèche, 1910-1920,” BC Studies 173 (Spring 2012): 69-95.
“Bureaucratizing the Atlantic Revolution: The “Saskatchewan Mafia” in the New Brunswick Civil Service, 1960-70,” Acadiensis vol. XXXVIII, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2009): 126-150.