This part of my website speaks to my undergraduate and graduate teaching at Carleton University. Scroll to the courses to open up more information and click on Graduate Supervision on the tab to access a list of honours and graduate students I have supervised or am supervising currently.

Undergraduate Courses:
HIST 2501 Early Modern Britain
HIST 2811: Public History from Memory to Museums
HIST 3001 History at the Movies
HIST 4500/5915 Witchcraft in Early Modern Britain

Graduate Courses:
HIST 5705 Museums, National Identity and Public Memory
HIST 5702w Narrativity and Performance in Public History

HIST 2501 Early Modern Britain:
This second year undergraduate survey course offers a narrative of the political and religious history of Britain during a time of reformation, renaissance and revolution. It challenges students to engage with social and cultural history, and invites them to work with a wide variety of primary sources as well as historiographical debates.
Course outline | Pedagogy: Clickers in the Early Modern British Classroom

HIST 2811: Public History from Memory to Museums
This is our introductory course to the field of Public history and from 2020-2021 will be the core course for our new undergraduate concentration in Public History. Exploring key aspects of the field, this is a blended course with online teaching and fieldwork as well as in classroom sessions. Most years the course involves a collaborative project with individuals, and community groups. In 2018 this was Capital History.ca (link to section in website).

HIST 3001 History at the Movies:
This course brings together my passion for history with my love of cinema. It invites students to move beyond historian’s conventional distrust of historical feature films to engage with the medium’s strengths as a form of historical representation. If you are interested in the field of public history, this is a great course to take.
Course outline

HIST 4500/5915 Witchcraft in Early Modern Britain
This seminar course enables a deeper engagement with a particular historical problem or period and to work extensively with original primary sources. In its most recent incarnations we have explored Order and Disorder in Early Modern England and Witchcraft in Early Modern Britain. It has also been offered as a fourth year seminar in the College of Humanities.
HUMS 4903 Witchcraft, Crime, and Social Disorder in Early Modern England Course outline

HIST 5705 Museums, National Identity and Public Memory:
Our seminar engages with the emergence of the museum and the exhibitionary complex, and with issues of representation, contestation and representation. While national museums are the main focus, we necessarily engage with regional, local, and specialised museums, with archives, art galleries and living history sites, with digital museums, and with the spaces and landscapes such institutions inhabit. We look at how museums curate the nation’s past, how they engage with difficult histories, and what role museums have in a transnational age. The seminar usually has a practical component in which students will work with collections and exhibition strategies with the assistance of museum professionals.
Course outline  | University Affairs

HIST 5702w Narrativity and Performance in Public History: How do we curate the histories we share with the public? Engaging with interdisciplinary approaches to narrative and performance theory, this seminar insists that writing is not the only or even the best way to engage the public with the histories we want to share. Much of the seminar time is spent exploring, often with the assistance of visitors, a variety of history-telling methods eg through theatre, re-enactment, professional story telling, dance and movement, film, music, and digitally. Students are offered the chance to perform their histories and reflect on the performance process rather than write a traditional essay evaluating other performances.
Course outline
Past Student Projects:
Kathryn Boschmann, Capturing Oma and Opa: A True Story

Sara Nixon, Layers: Performing Community within Grimsby, Ontario’s Main Street
Media Coverage
Taking it Beyond our Class: An Exciting New Event: Staging our Histories Beyond the Classroom


Supervising graduate student research is one of the great pleasures and privileges of academic life. I’ve facilitated the work of many graduate students at Carleton in the fields of early modern British history and public history as supervisor or co-supervisor. You’ll find a full list on these pages, with links to media as appropriate.

Current Graduate Students

  • Rick Duthie“One Day Stronger”: A Play about Sudbury’s Strikes [PhD, co-supervision]
  • See the interview with Rick at: https://www.sudbury.com/lifestyle/this-phd-student-is-using-the-stage-to-explore-citys-tumultuous-labour-history-1511764
  • Lisa Bullock, “I learned it from a board game’: performing historical narratives in Expedition: Northwest Passage [MA, co-supervision]
  • Jenna Emslie, The Kirkland Gold Mine, 1911: An Interactive Video Game [MA Public History, co-supervision]
  • Kate Jordan, Dominion Chalmers: A Congregation and its Time [MA Public History]
  • Nicholas Leckey, Mapping People, Place, and Time in Ottawa-Gatineau [MA Public History, co-supervision]
  • Meghan Newman, A Catholic Woman and A Catholic Queen: The Religiousity of Mary I [MA, co-supervision]
  • Rachel Scott, The Seeker of Lost Stories: Postmemory and Rediscovering Lithuanian Heritage in the Novels of Ruta Sepetys [MA Public History, co-supervision]
  • Valerie Wood, Storying Adoption [MA Public History, co-supervision]


Past Graduate Students [* = co-supervision]

Early Modern Britain
  •  Nirpjit Bassi, Constructing Catholicism: Christopher Marlowe and the English Catholic Community (2011)
  • Elizabeth Ferguson, The Role of Women in the Survival of Catholicism in post=-reformation Lancashire and Yorkshire, 1559-1603 (2006)
  • Rowen GermainKatherine Parr at Hampton Court: A Performance Analysis of “A Queen in Danger” (2019) [public history]
  • Andrea Marsh, Anne Boleyn in The Tudors (2012)
  • Laurel Rowe, Sympathy for the Devil: A Graphic Novel about the 17th Witchcraze
  • Laurel’s MRE was published in Epoisen (2018): https://epoiesen.library.carleton.ca/2018/03/26/sympathy-for-the-devil/


Public History:  Representations of the Past in Museums, Historic Sites, Public Places
  • Lorna Chisholm, A Critical Examination of the Anne Frank House Museum (2008)
  • Sanna Guerin, “Doing Her Bit”: Representing Women in the Great War Gallery at the Imperial War Museum (2013)*
  • Victoria Miller, Representing Trauma: Exhibiting the Experience of Aboriginal Residential Schools (2011)*
  • Pascale Salah: Enduring Controversy: Representing Bomber Command at the Canadian War Museum (2007)*
  • Emily Soldera, “‘One Spirit, Two Realms’: Sacred Spaces Versus Secular Environments” (2006)*
  • Denise Steeves, Unboxing Social History: The Importance of 19th and 20th Century Chocolate Boxes in Chocolate Museums (2017)
  • Laura Weir, The Making of a Multicultural Imaginary: The Ukrainian Canadian community’s role in redefining the nation during the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (2009)*
  • Christina Williamson, Objectified: The Story of an Inuinnait Parka from the Canadian Museum of Civilization (2012)*


Public History: Didactic and Performative Interactions in Canadian History
  • Emily Barsanti-InnesFacilitating Holocaust Education in Ontario Secondary Schools (and web platform)  (2019)
  • Kelsey BodechonCreating an Immersive Experience: A Digital Exhibit on T.D. Cumberland in the First World War, The Hidden Story of a Soldier (and Website) (2019)
  • Paula Chinkiwsky, Re-Storying Canada’a Indigenous History Through Digital Storytelling
  • Emily Keyes, “I Was Here”: A Murder Mystery in the Ottawa Valley (play) (2015)
  • Natalie Picard, Education Kits for the Classroom: Reflections on Taking an Object-Based Approach to Teaching Japanese Canadian Internment (includes Nikkei Museum Education Kit for schools) (2019). Check out Natalie’s kit which is being used by the Nikkei Musseum: https://www.nikkeiplacefoundation.org/blog/2019/6/7/big-news-for-nikkei-museum-education-new-teacher-kits


Public History: Performing the Past in Film, Theatre, Historic Sites
  • Meredith Comba,“We are Amusing”: Queen Victoria in Popular Culture and in Popular Memory (2017)
  • Sara dos Santos, “In a Way, our Battle is Won:” Anti-Colonial Narrative, Aboriginal Documentary Film and the ‘Oka Crisis’’ (2012)*
  • Ruthanne Edward, Performing History at Billings Bridge Estate Museum (2016)
  • Mandy Koroniak, Image and Identity: Depictions of Women and Youth in the National Film Board of Canada and the GDR (2007)*
  • Emily Lonie, The Spirit of Robin Hood Lives Forever in Sherwood Forest and in the Hearts of Those Who Seek Him’: Community Identity at the Robin Hood Festival (2008)
  • Alexandra McleanMichael Collins: Presenting Historical Narratives that Work
  • Elizabeth Paradis: PAST, PARTICIPANT, PERFORMANCE: Negotiating Histories in Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West, 2001 (2011)*
  • Erika Reinhardt, Marching Through Time: An Examination of Military Reenactors of the War of 1812 in Canada and the United States (2007)*
  • Christina Stokes, Performing History Offstage: The Benefits of using Theatre to Present History at the Canadian War Museum (2014)
  • Jennie Wilhelm, Picturing the Nation in City of Gold: Photographs, History and Narrative in Postwar Canadian Documentary (2008)*


Public Memory: Monuments, Memorials, Heritage and Historic Sites
  • Angela Beking, ‘“Our” History, “Our” Village: Place, Memory and the Upper Canada Village Controversy of 2009 (2012)
  • Stephanie Browness, Site, Space and Memory: the Construction of Meaning in Commemorative Public Space (2010)*
  • Joanne deCosse, Visual Narratives of Métis History in the Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park Heritage Wall* (2013)
  • Angela Duffett, Memory, Myth, and Memorials: Changing Perceptions of the Memorials at Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge (2010)*
  • Anna Kuntz, Soundscapes for Visitors: Sensory Experiences at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (2014)*
  • Amy Macdonald, Time Crossing Liaisons” Interpreter/Character Relationships at the Fortress of Louisbourg National History Site” (2013)
  • Emily Macdonald, The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument: An Historical Analysis (2012)*
  • Candice McAvitt: Food for Thought: Performance, Edible Actors, and Network-Building in Living History Interpretation (2011)
  • Sara McGillivray, Heritage and Tourism: A Study of Downton Abbey (2016). Listen to Sara on “The Downton Abbey Effect” in Notice History’s Podcast: http://knowhistory.ca/s2e17/
  • Natascha Morrison: Canada’s National War Memorial Past and Present: A Study of Remembrance Day and the National War Memorial, 1939-2009 (2010)*


First World War
  • Christopher Schultz, Violence (dis)located: on the spatial implications of violence on the western front during the First World War (2010)*