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Mary Chaktsiris holds the inaugural Cleghorn Fellowship in War & Society at Wilfrid Laurier University with cross-appointment to the Department of History and Laurier Center for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS). Her research interests include gender, the First World War, commemoration, and identifications of “the enemy” in wartime Canada. Currently, Chaktsiris’ research explores the experiences of Canadian First World War veterans in the years and decades after the Great War. Her doctoral research, completed at Queen’s University in 2015, examined the role of gender in wartime experiences within the City of Toronto between 1914-1918. Prior to this, she completed a Master of Arts at OISE/UT in 2009, and was a PhD visiting scholar at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2012. In 2014, she received an award for Excellence in Teaching at Queen’s University. Her research has been published in journals including Social History/Histoire Sociale and War & Society, in addition to collections including From Memory to History edited by Jonathan Vance and published by UBC Press. She is also a co-editor of ActiveHistory.ca’s First World War series, and is currently completing a manuscript based on her PhD research.

Major Publications:

Chaktsiris, Mary G. “Remembered Soldiers and Forgotten Enemies: Memorializing the Great War and Canada’s First Internment Operations.” In The Great War from History to Memory. Edited by Jonathan Vance, Steven Marti, and Alicia Robinet. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (October 2015).

Chaktsiris, Mary G. “‘If Absolutely Necessary’: Student Military Service at the University of Toronto During the Great War.” Histoire Sociale/Social History (47) (94) (June 2014): 293 – 310.

Chaktsiris, Mary G. “‘Our Boys with the Maple Leaf of their Shoulders and Straps’: Masculinity, the Press and the Outbreak of the South African War in Toronto, 1899.” War & Society (32) (1) (2013): 1-23.