I am a cultural and political historian who
specializes in modern Canadian history, with an emphasis on political culture
and the culture of everyday life and the way these intersect with political,
intellectual and social developments.
I am a Chair of the Department of Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
My current book project (in press) is titled The People Unfooled: Mackenzie King's Secret Life and the Making of an Irreverent Democracy. In the first instance, it tells the story of how Canadians came to learn about the odd parts of Mackenzie King's private life in the years after he died. But more than this: it uses this example to explain how Canadian political culture was radically altered by the rise of more individualistic, psychological, rights-based ideas in the second half of the twentieth century.
In 2011 I was the Guest Professor of
Canadian Studies at the JFK Institute for North American Studies at the Freie
Universität Berlin. Previously I taught at the Institute for the Study of the
Americas at the University of London (2005-2007). I have degrees from Simon
Fraser University (PhD), Dalhousie University (MA) and Trent University (BA).
I have published two books, The Manly Modern: Masculinity in the Postwar
Years (Vancouver 2007) and (co-edited with Michael Dawson) Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and
Debates in Canadian History (London, 2009). My research has appeared in
refereed journals including Histoire
Social/Social History, Labour/Le
Travail, The Journal of the Canadian
Historical Association, BC Studies
as well as scholarly edited collections. My essays, op-eds and reviews appear
in a variety of magazines, newspapers and journals.