Steven High is Professor of History and co-founder of Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (storytelling.concordia.ca). Originally from Northern Ontario, he completed his MA at Lakehead (1994) and his PhD at Ottawa (1999), both in History, before undertaking postdoctoral studies at Memorial. High first held a position at Nipissing before moving to Concordia in 2005 as Canada Research Chair in Public History. He is a transnational historian specializing in oral and public history, working-class studies, and forced migration. From 2005-2012, he led Montreal Life Stories, a large-scale project with survivors of mass violence that produced a wide range of public outcomes. Much of his research is undertaken in partnership with community organizations.
His first monograph, Industrial Sunset: The Making of North America’s Rust Belt (UTP, 2003) earned multiple awards including the Albert Corey Prize from the CHA/AHA. He followed this up with five others, including Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization (with David Lewis, BTL/Cornell, 2007), Base Colonies in the Western Hemisphere (Palgrave, 2009), Oral History at the Crossroads: Sharing Life Stories of Displacement and Survival (UBC Press, 2014; Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2018 – Clio Québec Prize), Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice (with Liz Miller and Ted Little, UBC Press, 2017), and One Job Town: Work, Belonging and Betrayal in Northern Ontario (UTP, 2018 –Clio Ontario Prize and Fred Landon Prize from the Ontario Historical Society). He has also produced audio walks, digital tools, web-platforms (https://livingarchivesvivantes.org/), and writes regularly for the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir.
Library and Archives Canada & the CHA's Task Force on Precarity Liaison and the Advocacy Portfolio
Penny 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.
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.
CHA Annual Meeting Liaison, Member of the CHA Annual Meeting Program Committee & Teaching Committee and Teaching Prizes Committee Portfolios
Alexandre Dubé is a regular professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, where he teaches the history of Canada, New France and the Atlantic world. Holder of a PhD in history from McGill University, his interests include political history, the history of the State, political economy and material culture. A former fellow at Caltech University (2016-2017), he taught for many years at Washington University in Saint-Louis. His research has also earned him a postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the John Carter Brown Library.
His publications focus on the political culture of French Louisiana and the governmental and administrative practices of the French empire. His current projects focus on the notion of political and colonial dependence in the 18th century, as well as on the dissemination and promotion of public history.
Publications & Rethinking History in Canada Portfolios.
Amanda Ricci is an assistant professor at the Glendon Campus of York University. After undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, she completed her master’s degree at the Université de Montréal. In 2015, she defended her dissertation on the feminist movement in Montreal (1960-90) in the Department of History at McGill University. From 2016 to 2018, she was a Wilson Fellow at the LR Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University. At McMaster, her research focused on Canadian women and the United Nations Decade for Women, 1975-1985.
Amanda Ricci is currently working on her first manuscript on the resurgence of feminist activism in Montreal. Her next project will focus on the history of the garment industry in the same city.
Teaching, Teaching Committee Prizes, Working Group on Equity portfolios.
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