I am a Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada), where I am also the Department Chair.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian women’s history, the history of social protest, the history of the 1960s, feminist theory, and gender studies. I am co-organizer of Vancouver’s Café Minerva. I am currently accepting graduate students interested in Canadian women’s and gender history.
Research and Publications
My past research explored the impact of unemployment in the Great Depression on family life and masculinity; the emergence of the gendered welfare state; and survival strategies adopted by poor and unemployed families. My current research is on the history of the Vietnam war and the transnational and gendered politics of the draft resistance and antiwar movements in North America. I am also co-editing an edited collection on the emotional history of second wave feminism in Canada with Catherine Gidney and Michael Dawson. My book on the history of the suffrage movement in British Columbia is published by UBC Press and will be available in June 2020.
I was awarded the Dean’s Medal for Excellence in Academic research, teaching, and service (Simon Fraser University, 2015); the National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History, Marion Dewar Prize, 2011 [Outstanding scholar based on record of research, teaching and administrative work]; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Cormack Teaching Award, 2010-11; and two Honourable Mentions for Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression (UTP, 2009): the Sir John A. MacDonald Prize in Canadian History, Canadian Historical Association, 2010 and the Canadian Women’s Studies Association, 2011 (for Respectable Citizens).
- Heroes, Havens, Cowards: Gender and the Politics of Vietnam Antiwar Resistance (In Progress)
- A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020.
- Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History (Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2016). Co-edited with Tamara Myers and Adele Perry.
- Worth Fighting For: War Resistance in Canadian History from 1812 to the War on Terror Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2015. Co-edited with Catherine Gidney and Michael Dawson.
- Gender History: Canadian Perspectives (Oxford: 2014). Co-authored with Willeen Keough
- Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012). Co-edited with Dominique Clément and Greg Kealey.
- Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).
I will be speaking on the Vancouver women’s suffrage movement in late May 2020 for the Vancouver Historical Society (postponed from March due to Covid-19). The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held by Zoom. Attendance is free.
Café Minerva is a free gender and women’s history group which holds events in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is organized by Dr. Willeen Keough (Department of History, Simon Fraser University) and Dr. Lara Campbell (Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU). We hold about four free events per year at different locations around the city. Check out our website at http://cafeminerva.weebly.com and follow us on twitter @Cafe_Minerva