Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Steven Maynard

Adjunct  Associate Professor
Canadian Social History / History of Sexuality


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74382
Office: Watson Hall 305


MA and PhD, Queen’s
BA, Mount Allison


Steven is a Canadian social historian, specializing in the history of sexuality. His research, scholarly publications, and contributions to public and community-based history are animated by critical questions concerning the histories and politics of gender and sexuality. He also publishes in the areas of archival theory and Foucault studies. Steven’s teaching focuses on the pedagogical possibilities of ‘a history of the present.’ He is the recipient of the Department of History’s “Award for Excellence in Teaching” in 2018 and 2011, as well as the “Principal’s Teaching Award for Promoting Student Inquiry” in 2016. He is the founder and ongoing co-chair of the Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality, an affiliate of the Canadian Historical Association. Steven has been active in the LGBTQ movement for many years and writes frequently on politics, culture, and history for the mainstream and queer community press.

Courses Taught


HIST 124: Canada: A History of the Present
HIST 210: The History of Sexuality in Canada
HIST 312: Canadian Social History
HIST 471: Power and Knowledge: Foucault for Historians
HIST 400: Thinking Inside the Box: Archives, Historians, and the Politics of the Past


HIST 812: Selected Topics in History: Power and Knowledge: Foucault for Historians

Graduate Supervision

Steven is available to work with graduate students whose research interests are in the history of sexuality and in Canadian social history more broadly.

Selected Publications

“1969 and All That: Age, Consent, and the Myth of Queer Decriminalization in Canada,” The Abusable Past, digital platform of the Radical History Review (September 2019).

“Foucault, Influence of” The Global Encyclopedia of LGBTQ History, ed. Howard Chiang (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019).

“‘A New Way of Lovin’: Queer Toronto Gets Schooled by Jackie Shane,” “Introduction,” and “Six Nights in the Albert Lane, 1917” in Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, ed. Stephanie Chambers et al. (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2017). Shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Award and the 2018 Heritage Toronto Award.

“To Forgive and Forget? Homonationalism, Hegemony, and History in the Gay Apology,” C4E Journal: Perspectives on Ethics (November 2017), the e-journal of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, and co-published by Active History.

“‘The Party with God’: Michel Foucault, the Gay Left, and the Work of Theory,” Cultural History 5, 2 (2016).

“Police/Archives,” Archivaria 68 (Fall 2009). Awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for the article that most advances archival thinking in Canada by the Association of Canadian Archivists, June 2010. Reprinted in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader, ed. Patrick Keilty and Rebecca Dean (Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2013).

“‘Without Working?’: Capitalism, Urban Culture, and Gay History,” special issue on “New Directions in Urban and Labor History,” ed. Joe William Trotter, Jr. and Patricia Cooper, Journal of Urban History 30, 3 (March 2004).

“‘Hell Witches in Toronto’: Notes on Lesbian Visibility in Early Twentieth-Century Canada,” Left History 9 (Summer 2004).

“The Maple Leaf (Gardens) Forever: Sex, Canadian Historians and National History,” Journal of Canadian Studies 36 (Summer 2001).

“‘Respect Your Elders, Know Your Past’: History and the Queer Theorists,” Radical History Review 75 (1999).

“On the Case of the Case: The Emergence of the Homosexual as a Case History in Early Twentieth-Century Ontario,” in On the Case: Explorations in Social History, ed. Franca Iacovetta and Wendy Mitchinson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998). Reprinted in Queerly Canadian: An Introductory Reader in Sexuality Studies, ed. Maureen FitzGerald and Scott Rayter (Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2012).

“‘Horrible Temptations’: Sex, Men and Working-Class Male Youth in Urban Ontario, 1890-1935,” Canadian Historical Review 78 (June 1997). Awarded the prize for best article published in 1997 by the Canadian Historical Review, and the Audre Lorde Prize for Outstanding Article in North America by the American Historical Association’s Committee on Lesbian and Gay History. Reprinted in: Crime and Deviance in Canada: Historical Perspectives, ed. Chris McCormick and Len Green (Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2005) and Canadian Perspectives in Sexualities Studies: Identities, Experiences, and the Contexts of Change, ed. Diane Naugler (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2012).

“Through a Hole in the Lavatory Wall: Homosexual Subcultures, Police Surveillance, and the Dialectics of Discovery, Toronto, 1890-1930,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 5 (October 1994). Reprinted in Gender and History in Canada, ed. Joy Parr and Mark Rosenfeld (Toronto: Copp Clark, 1996).