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Alanna Loucks


My master’s research, under the supervision of Dr. Nancy van Deusen, reconstructed the commercial, social, political, and personal connections of four French individuals who lived in Montréal between 1650 and 1750. My project then illustrated the ways in which these networks shaped and influenced the composition of these four households. Through the micro-historical lens of these households, I determined that these four households could be understood as microcosms of broader social, economic, ethnic, and familial trends within colonial Montréal society. Building on this research, under the supervision of Dr. Nancy van Deusen and Dr. Jane Errington, my doctoral project will expand my lens of analysis to focus on the larger familial and economic networks created by four French families between 1642 and 1763, in order to understand the various ways that their lives and interests reflected Montréal’s position as a crossroad within the larger webs of colonial North America and the Atlantic world.


Selected Publications

Borealia: Early Canadian History

“A Different Road to Sainthood: Building a Religious Community in Eighteenth-Century Montréal.” Borealia: Early Canadian History, July 5, 2021,

“At a Crossroads: Connections and Family Formation in Montréal, 1700-1750.” Borealia: Early Canadian History, November 30, 2020,


“A Different Road to Sainthood: Building a Religious Community in Eighteenth Century Montréal.” Canadian Historical Association Conference, May 29, 2023.

“Blurring Boundaries: Encounters in an Eighteenth Century Montréal Religious Community.” Society for French Historical Studies and Western Society for French History, March 18, 2023.

“Searching Beyond Borders: The Networks of an Opportunistic Montréal Merchant, 1700-1750," Canadian Historical Association Conference, May 16, 2022. 

“Building an Interconnected French Colonial World: The Networks Created by One Montréal Household, 1700-1750," Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society, May 14, 2022.

“Creating Global Connections: The Role of Individual Networks in Montréal’s Growth as an Interconnected Hub, 1700-1750,”  University of Arizona Graduate Conference, April 9, 2022. 

“Household Composition and Networks of Connection in Eighteenth-Century Montréal,” Canadian Historical Association Conference, July 9, 2021. 

“Blurring Boundaries: The Networks of Connection Created by One Montréal Household, 1700-1750,” McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference, March 12, 2021.

Blog Post

“Re-Thinking Where the Sources Lead: Reflecting on the Research and Writing Process.” Borealia: Early Canadian History, February 5, 2024,


Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.