Jason Ellis, University of British Columbia
K-12 educational policy present and past

As a historian appointed in a faculty of education, I research and teach about the historical origins of schooling and education. My new book A Class by Themselves: The Origins of Special Education in Toronto and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, 2019), brings special education’s curious past to bear on its constantly contested present. It shows how today’s debates in the field are the product of unresolved disputes that date back to special education’s origins at the turn of the twentieth century.

My current major research project, which was supported by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, is a historical study of schooling in Canadian suburbs. A case study of Etobicoke in metropolitan Toronto, the project examines the relationship schooling bears to social opportunity and income inequality in the suburbs today.

Fluency: English and Fench

Matthew Hayday, University of Guelph 
Politics, language policy, commemoration, education

Matthew Hayday is a political historian who studies bilingualism and language policies, Canada Day and Dominion Day celebrations, nationalism and identity politics, as well as federalism and intergovernmental relations. He has published extensively on the history of official languages and bilingualism in Canada, including the history of French immersion in Canada. He recently published the two-volume edited collection Celebrating Canada with Raymond Blake (University of Regina) on national holidays, commemorative events and celebrations, how they contribute to the shaping of national and regional identities, and the political context surrounding their creation and implementation. His current project is a biography of the Right Honorable Joe Clark.

Fluency: English and French

Kristina R. Llewellyn, University of Waterloo
History of education, history education, and public history

Kristina Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Social Development Studies and an Associate Member in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo. Her areas of expertise include the history of education and history education. She is the author or co-author of Democracy's Angels: The Work of Women Teachers (MQUP, 2012); The Canadian Oral History Reader (MQUP, 2015); Oral History and Education (Palgrave, 2017); and Oral History, Education, and Justice (Rutledge, 2019). Dr. Llewellyn's current SSHRC projects include Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation: The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children History Education Initiative (, Citizens of the World: Youth, Global Citizenship, and the Model United Nations, as well as Thinking Historically for Canada's Future ( 

Fluency: English

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