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Current Wilson Fellows 2017-2018


Mary Chaktsiris (Assistant Professor) 

Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 26425
Office: L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 2007

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 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’s First World War series, and is currently completing a manuscript based on her PhD research.

Jodey Nurse (Assistant Professor) 

Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 26425
Office: L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 2007

Jodey Nurse is an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Guelph, as well as a recent post-doctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo, she is currently researching the history of Canada’s supply-managed dairy, egg, and poultry industries. Central to her work is the examination of asymmetrical power relations among stakeholders in agricultural marketing systems and the polarized agricultural policies that have emerged in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She also studies and writes about women in agricultural organizations and rural society more generally.


Dr. Heather Green 

Heather Green was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Wilson Institute at McMaster University and a Fulbright Canada Scholar. She is also the 2018-2019 NiCHE New Scholars rep. Her research interests include environmental and indigenous histories, Northern Canadian history, and histories of environmental tourism. Her post-doctoral research focuses on the development of trophy hunting in the Yukon from 1920 to 1950 and the impacts this industry had on Yukon wildlife regulations and indigenous socioeconomic life.

Dr. Julien Mauduit

Julien Mauduit was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. He is graduate of l’Université Sorbonne Paris-IV and l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales. A specialist of colonial Canadian and early American history, he received his PhD from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Julien is the editor of a special issue with the Bulletin d’histoire politique titled “Patriotisme et économie durant les Rébellions de 1837-1838” and is currently preparing an edited collection, with Maxime Dagenais, on the United States and the Canadian Rebellion.

Dr. Jennifer Tunnicliffe
Jennifer Tunnicliffe was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. She is no stranger to McMaster. A recent SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, Jennifer Tunnicliffe received her PhD from McMaster University. A specialist of human rights, activism, and free speech in the context of Canadian and transnational history, she has published several articles and book chapters, including “Life Together”: Public Debates over Human Rights Legislation in Ontario, 1975-1981” published in Histoire sociale/Social History, and “A Limited Vision: Canadian Participation in the Adoption of the International Covenants on Human Rights,” published in Taking Liberties: A History of Human Rights in Canada. 

Dr. Amanda Ricci
Amanda Ricci was a L.R. Wilson Institute postdoctoral fellow. She broadened the Institute’s commitment to explore transnational social justice movements in a Canadian context. As the author of the thesis “There’s No Place Like Home: Feminist Communities, Social Citizenship and (Un)Belonging in Montreal’s Long Women’s Movement, 1952-1992,” Ricci studies the experiences of Afro-Canadian, Indigenous, Black, Italian and Québécois women as they wrestled with the contradictions and opportunities of Montréal from the 1960s to the 1990s.   While at the Institute, she hoped to look more intensively at the ways in which Canadians “developed and put into practice a transnational feminist consciousness,” during the UN Decade for Women, 1975-1985.

Dr. Stacy Nation-Knapper
Stacy Nation-Knapper was a L.R. Wilson Institute postdoctoral fellow. The author of the thesis “N-Ikwkw-min: Remembering the Fur Trade in the Columbia River Plateau,” Nation-Knapper is among the most esteemed young scholars investigating the relationships of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in western North America. She brings a sterling record as a participant in the popular broadcasts of the Network in the Canadian History of the Environment and serves as part of the governing council of the Champlain Society.

Dr. Asa McKercher
Asa McKercher was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a PhD from Cambridge, he joined the Wilson Institute from Queens University where he was an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow. He works on Canadian international relations and international history with a special interest in Canada-Latin America and in particular Canada-Cuba relations. The author of more than a dozen articles and chapters, his book, Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era, was published in 2016. As a Wilson fellow he undertook two projects, one on Canada and the end of empire and the other on Canada and the Cuban Revolution.

Dr. Phil Van Huizen
Phil Van Huizen was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. An environmental historian of Canada-US energy development, he received his PhD from the University of British Columbia with a dissertation on conflict over power development in the Skagit Valley, which won the American Historical Association’s prize for the best doctoral dissertation on the North American West.  He did his undergraduate work at the University of Alberta where for the past two years he has held a SSHRCC postdoctoral fellowship studying the social and environmental history of the Canada-US oil and gas network, a project which he continued at McMaster.

Dr. Ian Mosby
Ian Mosby, PhD (York University, 2011) was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History. His first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front, was published in May 2014 by UBC Press. The publication of his article “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952” in the summer of 2013 received widespread international media attention, including front page stories in newspapers across the country. This article is part of his current interdisciplinary research project examining the ways in which food and nutrition were used as tools of Canadian colonial policy during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Dr. Jennifer Bonnell
Jennifer Bonnell (Ph.D, OISE-University of Toronto 2010) was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. She is the co-editor of a Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014) and the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley, (University of Toronto Press, 2014). During her tenure as a Wilson fellow she pursued research on her new project, a transnational study of agricultural modernization and its effects upon beekeepers as marginal producers in twentieth-century Ontario and New York State.  Dr. Bonnell’s Reclaimng the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (U of Toronto Press, 2014) received the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Award for Ontario, and was short-listed for the CHA’s Sir John A. McDonald award for best book in Canadian history. It also won the Ontario Historical Association’s Fred Langdon award for Ontario history. Jennifer has also been recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of History, York University, specializing in Canadian and public history.

Dr. Colin McCullough
Colin McCullough, PhD (York University, 2013) was an L. R. Wilson Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. His dissertation examines the linkages between Canada’s national identity and peacekeeping. As a Wilson fellow, he revised his dissertation for publication as well as co-edited a collection on the memory and history of Kristallnacht. He also investigated the world government movement and its peace initiatives in Canada following the Second World War. He is also a teacher of modern Canadian cultural and international relations history.

Dr. Katharine Rollwagen
Katharine Rollwagen, PhD (University of Ottawa, 2012), was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History. Dr. Rollwagen’s research examines the social and cultural influence of corporate entities, from her current work on the impacts of consumer culture on youth to earlier research on notions of gender, class and community in Canadian company towns. Her dissertation, “The Market that Just Grew Up,” examined the growth of teenaged consumers in advertising and retail promotions in Canada between the 1930s and the 1960s. In addition to preparing her thesis for publication, as a Wilson fellow she began a related project examining teenagers and the evolution of the after-school job in mid-twentieth century Canada. She is the author of several scholarly articles and has taught courses in women’s history, the history of youth, and historical theory and methods at the University of Victoria and the University of Ottawa. Dr. Rollwagen teaches Canadian and American history from a social and cultural perspective.

Dr. Maxime Dagenais
Maxime Dagenais, PhD (University of Ottawa 2011) was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Wilson Institute. His dissertation examines the post-Rebellion period in Lower Canada and popular response to the controversial Special Councils of Lower Canada. He is the co-author of The Land in Between. The Upper St. John Valley, Prehistory to World War One (a second book on the subject is in development) and has published in several academic journals, including Canadian Military History, Bulletin d’histoire politique, Quebec Studies and the American Review of Canadian Studies. Following a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dagenais returned to the Wilson Institute as its new research coordinator. He is currently co-editing a collection on the Canadian Rebellion and the United States, currently under consideration for publication with the Rethinking Canada in the World Series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Dr. Alexandre Dubé
Alexandre Dubé, PhD (McGill University 2010) was an L.R. Wilson Assistant Professor in the Institute for Canadian History, he is a historian of the French colonies in North America. He comes to McMaster from post-doctoral fellowships at the prestigious Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He will soon publish a book on colonial Louisiana and its role in the French Empire.

Dr. Dan Horner
Dan Horner, PhD (York 2010) was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Wilson Institute. He is currently revising his dissertation on popular politics and public life in mid-nineteenth-century Montreal for publication. He has published a number of articles on political violence in nineteenth-century Quebec. Besides teaching in the History Department at McMaster, he is conducting research for his next project, which compares public reactions to outbreaks of epidemic disease across the North Atlantic World in the early nineteenth century.

Dr. Stuart Henderson
Stuart Henderson, PhD (Queen’s 2008) was an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor in the Institute for Canadian History. He is the author of Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, and is currently finishing a book on Rochdale College and countercultural currents in the early 1970s. He is a pop culture journalist, a Features Editor at, and a juror for the Polaris Music Prize. He teaches Canadian and U. S. cultural history.

Dr. Peter Cook
For his PhD at McGill University Peter Cook specialised in native-colonial alliances on the western frontier of New France exploring in practical terms what it mean to “live as brothers.”  His new project, which he began as a Wilson Fellow, involves a decoding of the “kingship” metaphor French colonists applied to native leadership and political organization. Dr. Cook teaches Pre-Confederation Canadian History and offer seminars on Canada in the Colonial Era.

Dr. Aya Fujiwara
A graduate of Tsukuba University in Japan, Dr. Fujiwara received a PhD in Canadian History from the University of Alberta. During her tenure as a Wilson Fellow she prepared a monograph on the way ethnic elites contributed to the transition from Anglo-conformity to multiculturalism between 1919 and 1971. She also began a new project on the resettlement of displaced Japanese Canadians east of the Rockies in the postwar era. Dr. Fujiwara also taught a seminar on North American Women’s History.

Dr. Julie Gilmour
Dr. Gilmour, a specialist in 20th Century Canadian immigration policy, refugees and citizenship, with a PhD from the University of Toronto, has a book manuscript dealing with Displaced Persons in Canada following WWII under review by a publisher. During her Wilson Fellowship, she turned her attention  to the 1907 Race Riot in Vancouver. Dr. Gilmour lectured on Modern Canadian History.

Dr. Tim Pearson
Dr. Pearson’s interests pertain to the history of Canada, and particularly French Canada, from the late sixteenth century onwards. The history of the French empire in the Americas and of the early modern Atlantic world are topics that coincide with his current academic research. Dr. Pearson also concentrates in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century social and cultural history of Canada and Quebec, and in the history of religion and gender.

Dr. John Varty
During his PhD at Queens and postdoctoral work at Yale, John Varty examined the role of scientific research in the development of the Canadian grain trade. As a Wilson Fellow he studied Canadian food-science aid to India during the development decade of the 1960’s and initiate a new project on the history of cattle diseases and trade embargoes. Dr. Varty was responsible for developing new lecture and seminar courses reconceptualising Modern Canadian History in the globalization framework.