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Sonia Dussault


Sonia Dussault is currently finishing her PhD in history under the supervision of Dr. Allan English. Her dissertation examines Western European and Northeastern American military cultures through the comparative lens of two new analytical models. More specifically, she explores First Nations, French, Canadien, British, Métis and Canadian senior military leaders’ ideas about war and peace by looking at three case studies from early seventeenth, mid eighteenth and late nineteenth century in what is known today as Canada. Studying these ways of war and peace clashes helps better understand how military leaders upheld, resisted and shaped those ideas and their impact on emergent Canadian military cultures and practices.

She is also a Researcher with Queen’s-Servicewomen Salute Online Portal for Research and Resources funded by Veteran Affairs Canada’s Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund (2018-2023); an Associate Professor with Research Chair Événements traumatiques, santé mentale et résilience at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); and Director of the Specialized Program in International Law and Politics offered at Queen’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC).

Her interest in new military history also includes topics related to the nature of war, conflict and culture, war and gender, and military and veteran health research in Canada. Additionally, she also closely follows questions related to active learning and agile teaching at the university level. An experienced bilingual educational developer, she has designed traditional, blended and online courses for high-school, mature, undergraduate and graduate students both in Canada and abroad. Lastly, she has conceived and facilitated the Department of History’s TA training sessions since 2015, and TF professional development workshop for the last three years.

Selected Publications


  • (Upcoming) “What’s Next? An Environmental Scan of Programs During Military-to-Civilian Transition for Women.” With Linna Tam-Seto. Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Ottawa, ON, October 21-23, 2019. Accepted Proposal.
  • “Exploring Canada’s First Way of War and Peace to Address Complex Twenty-First-Century Security Challenges.” Third Place. 21st Graduate Student Symposium, Canadian Defence Associations Institute, Kingston, ON, October 1-2, 2018.
  • “Responding to Student Accommodation Requests Effectively and Fairly.” In collaboration with Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills, Dr. Allan English, Charlotte Duval-Lantoine and Peter Rayls. Annual Teaching Development Day, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, September 5, 2018.
  • “BISC’s Specialized Program in International Law and Politics: Overcoming the Challenges of Teaching Very Small Classes with Active Learning Opportunities.” Annual Showcase of Teaching and Learning, CTL, Queen’s University, ON, 3 May 2017.
  • “Responding to Student Accommodation Requests Effectively and Fairly.” In collaboration with Dr. Claire Cookson-Hills, Dr. Allan English and James Walton. Annual Teaching Development Day, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Septembre 6, 2017.
  • “À la recherche de la guerre dans les archives du CMRC : l’histoire de l’idée de la guerre dans l’éducation militaire canadienne depuis la Confédération.” Royal Military College of Canada History Symposium 2015, ON, November 5, 2015.
  • "History of Interdisciplinary Research on the Origins of War since the 19th Century." 12th annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Queen’s University, ON, March 7, 2015.
  • “Victory in War: it’s all in the mind.” 15th Graduate Student Symposium, Canadian Defence Associations Institute, Royal Military College, ON, October 26, 2012.
  • “Communities of Parents: Participation or Empowerment?” Guest speaker. Connecting Communities: A Symposium for School and System Leaders to support the implementation of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, Ontario Ministry of Education, Toronto, ON, November 9, 2009.
  • “Assessing Sierra Leone’s Challenges.” Winning Presentation, Center for Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Conflict Analysis Competition, University of Bradford, UK, December 12, 2002.


  • “Culture and Diversity in Relation to the Mental and Physical Health of Military Personnel.” Proceedings Report of a workshop organized by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Toronto, ON, September 24-27, 2017.
  • Proceedings of the Centre for International and Defence Policy: Combat Motivation Past, Present and Future: The Canadian Context, 1-2 November 2016. Kingston, ON: CIDP. 
  • "Review of Je me souviens? Le passé du Québec dans la conscience de sa jeunesse by Jocelyn Létourneau." Canadian Historical Review 96, no. 2 (June 2015) : 323-325.
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • The Thesis Completion Fund, Queen’s University, 2017-2018
  • The Joseph Leslie Engler Dissertation Fellowship in Canadian History, Queen’s University, 2016-2017
  • The Lower Fellowship in Canadian History, Queen’s University, 2015-2016
  • The R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship, Queen’s University, 2014-2015
  • Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International, University of Bradford, 2002-2003
  • World Peace Scholarship, Rotary International, UCLA, 2002-2004 (Declined).

University Teaching at Queen's

  • Dr. Stan Corbett Upper Year Teaching Award, BISC. Winter 2017
  • Visiting Professor, Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, POLS 398 – Specialized Program in International Law and Politics, BISC, Winter 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • Teaching Fellow, HIST 280 (online) - Gender in North American History, Department of History. Fall 2016 & Winter 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, HIST 295 – The Holocaust: Destruction of European Jewry; HIST 280 – Gender in North American History; HIST 260- Canada from the Conquest to the Present; HIST 263 – War in the Twentieth Century; Department of History. Fall 2013, Fall 2014 & Winter 2015; Fall 2015 & Winter 2016; Summer 2016

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