Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

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Ph.D. Candidate
Race in North America and 19th Century America



BA- University of Western Ontario (Honours Specialization in History)
MA- University of Western Ontario
PhD- Queen's University (Ongoing)


My primary research interest is the issue of race within Canada and the United States with an emphasis on African-American and African-Canadian history. My research currently concerns the nature of education and intelligence testing in southwestern Ontario, specifically from the mid-nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. Under the supervision of Dr. Barrington Walker my dissertation analyzes a 1930s racial intelligence study of Kent County?s Black schoolchildren which detailed the history of nineteenth century Black education in Kent County.

Conference Presentations

"'Why Don't You Go to the States?': Studying African Canadian History in Canada." Presented at Claiming the Promise: A Retrospective on African Canadian History, Promised Land Project Symposium, Ontario, Chatham, June 14-16, 2011.

"Follow the North Star to 'Racial Inferiority': The Danger of a Single Story for Kent County's Black Community." Presented at "Where are you from? Reclaiming the Black Presence in Canada": Black Canadian Studies Association, Ontario, St Catherine?s, May 24-26, 2012.