Department of History

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Spotlight - Michel Beaulieu

Dr. Michel Beaulieu

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu completed his PhD in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Ian McKay. He is currently the Chair of the Department of History at Lakehead University and holds the rank of Professor. Michel is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and an Associate at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University. Past positions include Visiting Professorships at the University of Helsinki and McMaster University, and a Visiting Instructorship as part of the International Summer School in Karelia held at Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation.

Michel’s publications include 13 books, over two dozen articles and chapters, and he has contributed to several film and new media projects in his areas of specialty. He has been the principle investigator or co-applicant on over 3.5 million in Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Research grants.

Within the larger profession, Michel has been an active member of several historical and heritage organizations. He is currently the Vice-President and President-Elect of the Champlain Society, Vice President of the Ontario Historical Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

His work within the community and as a historian has been recognized by numerous awards. He is the recipient of a NOVA 20 under 40 Award (2016), the City of Thunder Bay's Heritage Award (2011), the Lakehead University Alumni Association's Young Alumni Award (2010), and the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's M. Elizabeth Arthur (2015), Gertrude H. Dyke (2015), and J.P. Bertrand (2009) awards, to name a few.

A much more extensive biography of can be found on the Lakehead University Department of History's website or via LinkedIn.


Spotlight - Robert Dennis

Dr. Robert Dennis

Robert Dennis completed his PhD in 2014 and departed Queen’s a few weeks later for the University of Prince Edward Island. Accepting a faculty position in the Religious Studies Department, he served as Saint Dunstan’s University Visiting Scholar until July 2017 when he transitioned into a tenure-track position. Robert has helped advance the Catholic Studies programme, including its commitment to “experiential and global learning.” Through vigorous fundraising and the generosity of donors, new programming and educational opportunities have been made possible in New York City and Rome, Italy. At UPEI, Robert helps manage the Saint Dunstan’s University Institute of Christianity and Culture.

Living and working in a close-knit community has been a great joy for “Dr. Rob,” as his students call him, and Island life affords many opportunities to speak to community groups and organizations on all facets of Catholicism, the Vatican, and the Christian intellectual tradition. These engagements complement media work, speaking invitations at home and abroad, work on two book-length writing projects, and terms as President General of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association and as an Associate of the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University.

Outside the academy, Robert is married to an amazing woman, blessed to have two young children, and is kept busy by a mischievous golden retriever. He invites friends and colleagues to keep in touch at

Read about his course "Rome: Christianity and Culture", where students travel to Italy to learn about history, art, and philosophy.


Spotlight - Carolyn Harris

Dr. Carolyn Harris

Dr. Carolyn Harris teaches history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She received her PhD in European history from Queen's University in 2012. Her writing concerning the history of monarchy in the U.K., Europe, and Canada has appeared in numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Smithsonian Magazine, Canada's History Magazine and the BBC News Magazine, and she is a frequent guest on television and radio. She is the author of three book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada (Dundurn Press: 2015), Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette (Palgrave Macmillan: 2015) and Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting (Dundurn Press: 2017). Read more about her work at


Spotlight - Rankin Sherling

Dr. Rankin Sherling

Rankin Sherling received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 2012. Since then he has taught at Atlanta State Metropolitan College and been a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is now a tenured instructor of history at Marion Military Institute: the Military College of Alabama, where he has started an Irish Gaelic language program which for the last three years has taken military cadets to Ireland for 5 weeks to study Gaelic. He is a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association, and his first book, The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth-Century Migrations to America., was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016.


Spotlight - Zozan Pehlivan

Dr. Zozan Pehlivan

Zozan Pehlivan completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Ariel Salzmann. The dissertation, which is based on extensive research in the Ottoman and British archives, examines the impact of climatic anomalies over the nineteenth century and the resulting environmental disasters on the lives of peasants and pastoralists living in regions of Asia Minor which today form parts of the states of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

After completing her graduate study at Queen’s, she received a research fellowship from Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University, where she is working on revising her dissertation into a monograph. Her research interests include histories of climate and environment, the economics of pastoral nomadism, human-animal interaction, and the relationship between environmental change and conflict in the Ottoman Empire and Middle East.

At the completion of her two-year postdoctoral program at the IOWC in August 2018, Dr. Pehlivan will join the Department of History of the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) as a full-time faculty member in the field of Environmental History.