Executive, Council and Committees of the CHA

The Executive carries on the day-to-day activities of the CHA, while the Council oversees CHA policy and direction. Elected to a three-year term, each Council member is also responsible for a specific “portfolio,” such as membership or prizes, and usually participates in a larger Council committee that deals with publications, communications, outreach, or advocacy. Please feel free to contact Executive or Council members.


President - Penny Bryden (Victoria)

penny.jpgPenny Bryden is a Professor of History at the University of Victoria, an institution she came to in 2005, after receiving her PhD at York University and teaching at Mount Allison University for a dozen years.  At Mount Allison, Professor Bryden was Head of the Department of History and Chair of the Canadian Studies Program, a member of the executive of the faculty union, and served on numerous university, faculty and departmental committees.  At the University of Victoria, she has served on various faculty committees (Committee on Committees, Curriculum Committee, Dean’s Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee to the Associate Dean) and maintained an active teaching and research program.

Within the discipline, Professor Bryden has served on the executives of the Canadian Historical Association and the Association of Canadian Studies, and been President of the Canadian International Council, Victoria Branch.  She was the program chair for the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting at Congress, 2013, has served for a number of years on SSHRC adjudication committees in both history and political science, and is currently a member of the Aid to Scholarly Publication Program board.

Professor Bryden’s research focuses on Canadian political history.  Her most recent book, Canada: A Political Biography (2016) is a textbook for Oxford University Press.  Another recent book, ‘A Justifiable Obsession’: Ontario’s Relations with Ottawa, 1943-1985 (University of Toronto Press, 2013), examined intergovernmental relations, while her current SSHRC-funded research is a history of the Prime Minister’s Office in Canada. She has begun work on a new project on a long history of political scandal in Canada.

Email - Penny Bryden
Publications Portfolio & Liaison with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Canadian Museum of History

Past President - Adele Perry (Manitoba)

adele_perry.jpgAdele Perry is Professor of History and Senior Fellow at St John’s College at the University of Manitoba, where she has taught since 2000.   Perry is a historian of gender, comparative colonialism, and western Canada, especially in the nineteenth-century.  She has published On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871 (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2001), and Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World (London, Cambridge University Press, 2016).  She has co-edited four volumes of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, co-edited two volumes of essays, co-edited the Second Edition of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and was book review editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.  From 2003 to 2014 Perry held a Tier I Canada Research Chair. Perry has been Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History and has served on the CHA nominations committee and as co-organizer of the annual meeting.  Perry is currently at work on a short history of settler colonialism and Winnipeg’s municipal water supply written for a broad audience, which will be published as  Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources and the Histories We Remember (Winnipeg, Arbiter Ring Publishers, 2016).  You can find her on twitter at @AdelePerry.

Email - Adele Perry

Treasurer - Jo McCutcheon (Ottawa)


Jo holds her doctorate in Canadian history from the University of Ottawa and has been teaching part-time at the university’s History department since 1997 and more recently in the Institute of Canadian and Indigenous Studies.  She teaches a diversity of Canadian and American survey history courses from contact to the present, focusing also on First Nations, Inuit and Metis experiences with an emphasis on Indigenous education and microhistory research methods. She has served as a Board Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and as a SSHRC program committee member. She is also an active member of several CHA affiliated committees including the History of Children and Youth Group and the Public History Group. Her current academic research focuses on the ways historians and researchers can use hair to learn more about the construction of gender and growing up in a North American context.

Since 1987, Jo has worked as a researcher, historian and consultant in Ottawa, merging her knowledge of public and private research projects while maintaining ties, memberships and relationships with the academic community. She has been learning about and working to embrace social and digital media knowledge in her research, teaching and work worlds. She recently joined the Association of Canadian Archivists as the Executive Director.

Email - Jo McCutcheon
CHA Annual Meeting - Liaison with CHA Annual Meeting Program Committee & Teaching Portfolio

French-Language Secretary - Marie-Michèle Doucet (RMC)

mmdoucet_copy.jpgMarie-Michèle Doucet received her doctorate in history at the Université de Montréal in June 2016. She completed her master's and bachelor's degree at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. Since September 2016, she has been Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ont, where she teaches European History, Women's History and International Relations. Her master's thesis, Héros et héroïnes : Stéréotypes et représentation genrés dans la littérature patriotique de la Grande Guerre en France (1914-1919) won the Vo-Van Award for the best thesis at the Université de Moncton in 2010. Her current research focuses on the international women's petition for disarmament of 1930-32. Taking a transnational approach, she is interested in how French, British, German and Canadian women worked towards universal disarmament after the First World War. Marie-Michèle has several publications in magazines and collective works in Europe and Canada. She also co-edited the book Le génocide des Arméniens : Traces, mémoires et représentations published in February 2017 at the Presses de l'Université Laval. It is with great pleasure that she joins the Executive of the Canadian Historical Association as a French-language secretary.

Email - Marie-Michèle Doucet
Co-Editor of the CHA magazine Intersections

English-Language Secretary - Matt Bellamy (Carleton)

mbg,_picture_copy.jpgMatthew J. Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa. He specializes in Canadian business and political history. He is the author of Profiting the Crown: Canada's Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990 and Canada and the Cost of World War II: The International Operations of Canada's Department of Finance, 1939-1947 (with R. B. Bryce). His latest research has taken him into the realm of brewing history. His work on brewing has been recently published in The Walrus, Business History, and the Canadian Historical Review.  He is currently working on a book-length history of the Labatt’s brewery.

Email - Matt Bellamy
Co-Editor of the CHA magazine Intersections



Sean Kheraj (York)


Sean Kheraj is an associate professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History at York University. His research focuses on energy history, urban environments, animals, and parks. He is the author of Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History. He is also the Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. Find out more than you ever wanted to know about Professor Kheraj at http://seankheraj.com.

Email - Sean Kheraj
John Bullen, Clio and Albert Corey prizes Portfolio


Danielle Kinsey (Carleton)

kinsey_photo_copy.jpgDanielle is an assistant professor in the department of history at Carleton University with graduate degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research focuses on the British empire in the nineteenth century and she is currently completing a monograph about diamonds, consumer culture, and imperial expansion in that period. She has also begun a collaborative project on transnational photography networks and the sexual revolution. In terms of teaching and learning, she is invested in three major questions: 1) how can we transnationalize and globalize courses and concepts that, traditionally, have been framed as national ones, and to what effect? 2) how can focusing on gender, sexuality, and the body help us with that? And 3) Can and how can we use online methods to help us teach our courses, and to what effect? Danielle has taught and continue to teach courses in world, global, and transnational histories, women’s and gender histories, consumption and material culture, colonialism and postcolonialism, and a completely online course about the history of the body.

Email - Danielle Kinsey
Teaching Portfolio

Sasha Mullally (UNB) 


Sasha Mullally is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where she teaches courses and supervises graduate students in the fields of Canadian history, Atlantic Region history, the history of women and gender, and the social history of medicine and health.  A graduate of the University of Toronto (2005), she a longstanding member of the Canadian Historical Association, and has worked and served as a regional representative for the Canadian Committee for Women’s History, and is beginning her second term on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Canadian Historical Review. Over the last several years, she has sat on the Board and the executive of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, serving as society President from 2015-2017.  She has also worked as co-editor (with John Reid, 2013-15, and Andrew Nurse, 2016-present) of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region to bring the best scholarship in that field to readers within Canada and globally.  In 2015, she joined the Board of Directors for Canada’s National History Society.  She seeks a seat on Council to build community among Canadian history scholars across increasingly wide and varied communities of expertise, and work to and advance the place and status of Canada’s histories both inside and outside of the academy.

Email - Sasha Mullally
Equity, Diversity and Accessibility & Affiliated Committees Portfolios


Nancy Janovicek (Calgary)


Nancy Janovicek is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary, the author of No Place To Go: Local Histories of the Battered Women’s Shelter Movement, and co-editor of two collections on women’s and gender history.  In 2016, she received the Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women’s History, awarded biennially by the National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women's History.

She has been an active member of the CHA throughout her career. In 2003, she was one of the authors of the CHA’s Submission to the Inter-Agency Panel on Research Ethics Consultation on the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Research Involving Humans. She was the chair of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History in 2012-13. She has been a member of the Hilda Neatby Prize Committee, the CCWH Best Book Prize Committee, Marta Danylewycz Doctoral Award Committee, and the Clio Western History Committee and served on the CHA’s Nominations Committee from 2015 to 2017.  She was the program chair and local organizer for the 95th Meeting of the CHA hosted by the University of Calgary in 2016.  She has been a board member of the Women’s Centre of Calgary since 2015 where she chairs the Social Policy Committee, writes blog posts on women’s history, and participates in feminist Jane’s Walks. She has recently launched the Annie Gale Project. The mission is to commemorate the first woman elected to Calgary City Council with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of women’s participation in politics. 

Email - Nancy Janovicek
Prizes Portfolio - François-Xavier Medal, CHA's Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History, Wallace K. Ferguson & Jean-Marie Fecteau

John Lutz (Victoria)


It is easy to describe John Lutz as a professor and Chair of the History department at the University of Victoria but after that he is hard to pin down.  His research focuses on the Pacific Northwest from the first contact between Indigenous People and Europeans in the 1770s to the refinements of the welfare state in the 1970s and he focuses particularly on the histories of race, labour, and indigenous-settler relations.  He has a keen interest in the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching and dissemination of history, is a co-director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project and several other historical website projects.  Lately he has been dabbling in computer assisted textual analyses and historical Geographic Information Systems, has curated an art history exhibit at Victoria’s Legacy Gallery and is playing a leading role in his department’s new Public History program.  He co-teaches an ethnohistory field school with the Stó:lõ First Nation, was a co-founder of THEN/HIER and has served as director of the university’s Office of Community Based Research where he expanded his commitment to bringing the university to the wider community.  His book, Makuk: A New History of Native-White Relations, won what is now called the Canada Prize for the best book in the Social Sciences in Canada in 2010 and he or his projects have won the Pierre Berton Prize from Canada’s National History Society, The Hackenberg Award from the Society for Applied Anthropology and one was short listed for the SSHRC Impact Award.

Email - John Lutz
Advocacy Portfolio

Shannon McSheffrey (Concordia)


Shannon McSheffrey is Professor of History at Concordia University, where she teaches medieval European history. She served as chair of her department from 2007 to 2010 and has sat in various capacities on committees and councils of a number of Canadian and international learned societies: the Canadian Society of Medievalists; the North American Conference on British Studies; the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship; the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians; and the Canadian Historical Association (the Ferguson Prize committee). She also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of British Studies from 2010-14 and as a review editor for The Medieval Review from 2008-10. Shannon's research interests centre around law, mitigation, gender, sexuality, civic culture, marriage, civic culture, literacy, heresy, and popular religion in late medieval England.  She has published numerous scholarly articles and five books: Gender and Heresy: Women and Men in Lollard Communities, 1420-1530 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995); Love and Marriage in Late Medieval London (Medieval Institute Publications, 1995); Lollards of Coventry 1486-1522 (co-authored with Norman Tanner), Camden Fifth Series, vol. 23 (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006); and Seeking Sanctuary: Law, Mitigation, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550 (Oxford University Press, 2017). She has won several awards for her research and teaching and was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of the U.K. in 2002.

Email - Shannon McSheffrey
History Department Liaison


Mathieu Arsenault (Montréal)

MathieuMathieu Arsenault was Research Advisor at the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs of Ontario and is now teaching at the Université de Montréal. He is currently completing a Ph.D. dissertation in Canadian history at York University. His work focuses on 19th-century Indigenous writing and petitioning practices, the evolution of the Indian Department, and the special relationship between First Nations and the Crown. His research and publications also focus on the historiography of the 1837-1838 Rebellions in Lower Canada, the history of funeral practises in 19th century eastern Quebec, and the history of French mental health services in 20th century Ontario. In 2018, he worked on a digital commemorative project on the centennial of the Spanish Flu pandemic as Director of French Contents for Defining Moments Canada. As an engaged historian, Mathieu Arsenault has been on the editorial committee of HistoireEngagée.ca for over six years, and is committed to promoting increased exchanges and dialogue between Francophone and Anglophone historiographies.

Email - Mathieu Arsenault
Historians Beyond the Tenure Track & Outreach and Partnerships Portfolios 



Allyson Stevenson (Regina)

AllysonAllyson Stevenson is Métis scholar from Kinistino, SK.  She is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples and Global Social Justice at the University of Regina.  She obtained her PhD in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. From 2016-2017 she was the inaugural Aboriginal postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph where she worked on developing a historical analysis of Indigenous women’s political organizing in Saskatchewan during the 1970’s.  In January 2018, she began a tenure-track position at the University of Regina in the department of Politics and International Studies. Her current research specializes in histories of Indigenous children and families, the Sixties Scoop, global Indigenous political movements, and settler-colonialism. Her book, Intimate Integration: The Sixties Scoop, the Adopt Indian and Métis (AIM) in Saskatchewan and the Colonization of Indigenous Kinship will be published with the University of Toronto Press.

Email - Allyson Stevenson
Teaching Portfolio


Barrington Walker (Queen's)

 Barrington Walker is an Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University. He teaches and writes in the areas of Black Canadian History, the racial state, immigration, coloniality and legal history. He is the author and editor of three books, among them he has a monograph titled  Race On Trial: Black Defendants in Ontario’s Criminal Courts, 1858-1958. He is currently finishing a draft of a book on the history of race, coloniality and immigration in Canada titled Colonizing Nation and he continues to work on another project on Blackness and urban danger in Canada. He is also co-editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. 

Email - Barrington Walker
Portfolio - Libraries and Archives



Carly Ciufo (McMaster)

Currently in her second year of doctoral studies at McMaster University’s LR Wilson Institute for Canadian History, Carly Ciufo is writing her dissertation on the content, input, and criticism of racialized communities who are displayed in human rights museums like those constructed in Winnipeg, Liverpool, and Atlanta. After defending her MA thesis on the Catholic foundations of Québécois separatism at Queen’s University in 2012, she held multiple research, exhibit, and librarian positions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 prior to returning to graduate study in 2016.

Email - Carly Ciufo
Teaching Portfolio



Executive Director - Michel Duquet

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Michel holds history degrees from the University of Toronto (History Major, 2000 and MA, 2001) and the University of Ottawa (PhD, 2006). His doctoral thesis is on informal justice in New France. Michel has been at the CHA since 2008. 

 Email - Michel Duquet



International Committee of Historical Sciences Liaison www.cish.org
Laurence Monnais - Chair (2015-2020)
Catherine Carstairs
Eva Plach

Nominating Committee
Tina Adcock (2018-2020)
David Meren (2019-2020)
Isabelle Bouchard (2019-2021)
Joshua MacFayden (2019-2021)


Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (#1 and #2)
Mairi Cowan, University of Toronto

Olivier Côté, Canadian Museum of History (2018-2021) 
Barrington Walker, Queen's University (2018-2020) 

Editorial Board

BRYCE, Benjamin - University of Northern British Columbia
CLÉMENT, Dominique - University of Alberta
MCKENZIE, Andrea - University of Victoria
WALL, Sharon - University of Winnipeg

FYSON, Donald - Université Laval
HAIDARALI, Laila - Queen’s University
ISHIGURO, Laura - University of British Columbia
BRISON, Jeff - Queen's University

ENGLEBERT, Robert - University of Saskatchewan
LOZIER, Jean-François - University of Ottawa/Canadian Museum of History
NUGENT, Janary - Lethbridge University
SAURETTE, Marc - Carleton University

Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada Series
Marlene Epp

Short-Books Series
Pierre-Yves Saunier

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