Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Daniel Meister

Ph.D. Candidate
Modern Canadian cultural and intellectual history

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Master of Arts, Queen's University, 2014


In the course of his PhD, Daniel has completed a major field of study in modern Canadian history (with a focus on immigration), a minor field of study in Environmental history (with a focus on environmental philosophy), and during his Master’s he examined the history of Colonial North America. His dissertation, supervised by Barrington Walker, details the intellectual origins of Canadian multiculturalism and specifically how ideas about race shaped Canadians’ understanding of diversity. It seeks to determine how these ideas about race and diversity evolved, and how they informed the conversations that preceded the emergence of an official policy of multiculturalism. In order to better understand this change over time, the dissertation delves into the life and thought of a number of public intellectuals known for their discussions of race and immigration.

Current Teaching Fellowship

LIBS 300, The Liberal Arts in the Contemporary World (CDS)


(R) “The State of the Art of Biography in Canada.” In Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies, edited by Hans Renders, Madelon Nanninga-Franssen, and David Veltman. Leiden and Boston: Brill (forthcoming).

(R) “The Biographical Turn and the Case for Historical Biography.” History Compass 16, no. 1 (January 2018).

“Citizenship in Transnational Perspective: Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, ed. Jatinder Mann” (Review). Canadian Historical Review  99, no. 2 (June 2018): 325-27.

“Building Democracy.” Dorchester Review (Autumn/Winter 2017): 18-19.
“‘Innocent Partner’? Reassessing the Canadian Intelligence Apparatus.” Inquire Publication (Spring 2014): 19-23.


“The Writing of Historical Biography in a Multicultural Canada.” Paper presented at “Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies,” University of Groningen, the Netherlands, September 2018.

“A Question of Parentage: Watson Kirkconnell and Canadian Multiculturalism.” Paper presented at the CHA Annual Meeting, Regina, SK, May 2018.

“Bee-ing White: Representations of Race in 1830s Pictou, Nova Scotia.”  Paper presented at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History.  Kingston, Ont., March 2015.

Public Lectures

“The Origins of Canadian Multiculturalism and the Case of Watson Kirkconnell.” Paper presented as part of “Constructing Our Identities: MyOntario – A Vision Over Time” speakers series at the Fulford Place museum. Brockville, Ont., March 2017.

Selected Fellowships and Awards

W. J. Barnes Teaching Award (nominee), 2019
Departmental Teaching Award (nominee), 2018
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2016-19
ICCS Graduate Student Scholarship, 2017
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015-16
Arthur & Evelyn Lower Fellowship, 2015-16

(Revised May 2019)