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Kristine Alexander is Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Studies, Associate Professor of History, and Co-Director of the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Her scholarship demonstrates that, in different and intersecting ways, transnational history and the history of childhood force us to look anew at the established frameworks, categories, methods, and sources that continue to shape the writing of modern Canadian history. She uses transnational history and the history of childhood and youth to propose new ways of analyzing and imagining individual lives and broader social structures of power, hierarchy, and violence. Her book Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s(UBC Press, 2017) received the Wilson Prize and the Canadian History of Education Association Founders’ Prize for Best English-Language Book, and was short-listed for the CHA’s Wallace K. Ferguson Prize.

Major Publications:

Kristine Alexander, “Why We Need Girls’ Studies.” Girl Museum Blog. June 2019.

Kristine Alexander, “Disciplines and Disciplining: Canadian History and/as Transnational History.” Beyond Borders: The New Canadian History (Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University). November 2018.

KarenVallgårda, Kristine Alexander, & Stephanie Olsen. “Against Agency.” Commentaries section of the Society for the History of Children & Youth (SHCY) website. October 2018.

Kristine Alexander, “Childhood and Colonialism in Canadian History,” History Compass 14, no. 9 (September 2016): 397-406.

Kristine Alexander, “Canadian Girls, Imperial Girls, Global Girls: Race, Nation and Transnationalism in the Interwar Girl Guide Movement,” in Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History, edited by Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry & Henry Yu (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), 276-292.

Karen Vallgårda, Kristine Alexander, & Stephanie Olsen, “Emotions and the Global Politics of Childhood,” in Childhood, Youth, and Emotions in Modern History, edited by Stephanie Olsen (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), 12-34.

Kristine Alexander, “Picturing Girlhood and Empire,” in Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950, edited by Kristine Moruzi & Michelle Smith (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 197-213.