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Katelyn Arac


Katelyn is a fifth year PhD candidate and her research interests include Canadian political, legal, and social history in the 20th century. Supervised by Dr. Barrington Walker, her research focuses on the immigration of war criminals into the country after the Second World War and how reactions to their entry have shaped the national project. The debate incited by the entry of war criminals into the country challenged the notion of Canadian identity and sparked debate between various ethnic communities. Concepts of multiculturalism and national identity were crucial concepts that the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals was forced to address. Her work will focus on a broad analysis of this Commission, from how the past informed the proceedings to how the Commission influenced future actions.

Selected Publications


  • Arac, Katelyn. 2018. Paired review of Perogies and Politics: Canada’s Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991, by Rhonda L. Hinther & Mike Starr of Oshawa: A Political Biography, by Myron Momryk. Canadian Historical Review 99, no.4 (Winter 2018). Forthcoming.
  • Arac, Katelyn. 2015. Review of Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust, by Michael J. Bazyler and Frank M. Tuerkheimer. Canadian Military History 25, no.2 (Fall, 2016): 284.

Select Conference Presentations

  • “A Place to Call Home: Nazis and the Construction of Exclusion in Canadian Immigration Policy.” Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, June 2019.
  • “Complicated Justice: Canadian Trials at the End of the Second World War.” Canadian Military History Colloquium, May 2019.
  • “A Legal Response to War Criminals: A Challenge from the Public Sphere.” Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, June 2018.
  • “The Mohawk Saint: Reclaiming Kateri Tekakwitha.” Canadian Catholic Historical Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference, May 2018.
  •  “The Use and Misuse of the Inuksuk.” Tri-University History Conference, March 2016.
  •  “War Crimes: A Definition of Ambiguity.” Western History Graduate Conference, May 2015.
  • “Judicial Responses to War Criminals in Canada: the Shifting Definition of War Crimes Within the Canadian Legal System.” McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, March 2015.

Department of History, Queen's University

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