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Kristine Alexander is Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Studies, Assistant Professor of History, and Director of the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Her historical scholarship crosses national and disciplinary boundaries in an effort to ask new questions about how young people — from Canada and elsewhere — experienced and understood imperialism, internationalism, settler colonialism, and armed conflict. She is the author of Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s (UBC Press, 2017). Her current projects include two collections of essays (a global history of modern youth, co-edited with Dr. Simon Sleight of King’s College London, and Children, Youth, and War, co-edited with Dr. Andrew Burtch of the Canadian War Museum and Dr. Barbara Lorenzkowski of Concordia University), and a book about Canadian families and letter-writing during the First World War.

Major Publications:


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.