Graduate Students

Apps Lara Apps
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Drs Andrew Gow & Jeremy Caradonna

Title: Atheism, Gender, and Utopias in Eighteenth-Century Europe
My current research focuses on the intersections of gender, utopianism, and political philosophy in French and British atheism during the long eighteenth century. I am interested in the development of active political engagement among atheists, as they emerge from the shadows to advocate for their visions of the ideal society. I work as an individualized study tutor in History for Athabasca University. I am the co-author, with Dr. Andrew Gow, of Male Witches in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2003), and have published papers on witchcraft and atheism.

Au Yong Xin Au Yong
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Drs Jennifer Jay & Robert Smith

Title: China's First Mathematics Textbooks - The Ten Mathematical Classics
My project focuses on the set of mathematics textbooks used in the Chinese imperial academy during the Sui, Tang, and Northern Song dynasties. I will investigate their contents and reception while I explore the question of what constituted appropriate education for scholars who aspired to join the civil service at the time (6th to 12th century).

Baidaus Eduard Baidaus
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Drs John-Paul Himka & David Marples

Title: Constructing Nations in a “Frozen Conflict”: The Transnistria Problem in Moldova and in the Geopolitics of Russia, Ukraine, Romania and the European Union (1985-2010).
My dissertation examines the “frozen conflict” in the Transnistrian region of Moldova and will ascertain the extent to which it has impeded nation building in this state since 1991. This is an interdisciplinary project as it involves history, as well as international relations, political science and studies in ethnicity, culture, and nationalism.

Canlas Gino Canlas
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma

Title: The Distribution, Development, and Peculiarities of Thessalian Places of Worship (800 BC - AD 100)
Although Greek sanctuaries have enjoyed plenty of scholarly attention, sanctuaries in the northern Greek region of Thessaly have not. Thessalian sanctuaries were very different from sanctuaries in the rest of Greece. Monumental temples appear less often but other types of religious expression (e.g. domestic shrines, sacred groves, open-air sanctuaries) were more common. My research examines how public and private places of worship in Thessaly interacted with their physical and social landscape in order to shed light on the communities and socio-political structures that created them.

Tristan Ellenberger
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: Expression and Negotiation of Individual and Social Identities, in the Burial Assemblages of the Cemeteries of Carnuntum and the Western cemetery of Aquincum in Roman Pannonia
The aim of my research is to investigate the modes through which the inhabitants of the Roman Province of Pannonia used material culture to project their social identities within a mortuary context. This project will contribute to the study of identity in Roman Pannonia and to the debate concerning identity and "Romanization" in Roman archaeology.

Stephen Eperjesy
Masters of Arts - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma

I am interested in domestic, regional economies within a Thessalian context. Furthermore, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, I aim to carry out studies on arable land within Thessaly and compare these arable land models to the prevalent domestic economies of antiquity.

Fenton Kate Fenton
Doctor of Philosopy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: The Aphrodite of Aphrodisias: Negotiating Meaning in the New Cult Image
I am interested in the visual language of art produced in the Augustan age, in which social and political influences were propagated non-verbally. My doctoral research project examines how the cult image of the Aphrodite of Aphrodisias underwent a deliberate redefinition and conscious redesigning in the early Imperial period and how this cult image may have functioned to express Augustan ideas of social and political change.

Fontaine John Fontaine
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Title: French-Catholic Settlement and Cultural Imperialism in Western Canada, 1870-1930
My research project will examine the origins of French-Catholic immigration to the prairies, the motivations of the migrants, and their settlement patterns. It will also analyze the ways in which these French-Catholic groups constructed identities and communities. Specifically, I will probe the settlement of these groups and their interaction with existing French Métis communities, and the ways in which these communities were transformed in the building years of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century.

Fraser Crystal Fraser
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Title: ‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Residential Institutions, Education, and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories, 1950s to 1996
My research analyzes educational policies, student experiences, and Indigenous resistance at twentieth-century residential schools and hostels in the Inuvik Region. Though destructive and oppressive institutions, I explore how Indigenous people actively reshaped the system according to their own understandings about what a proper education should entail. Incorporating insights into power, gender, and race offered post-colonial theory, I map out a discussion of Indigenous-state relations in a region that was experiencing rapid, but contested change. I argue that while state policies of assimilation continued in the Northwest Territories into the late twentieth century, northerners intervened in unprecedented ways that allowed them influence over colonial policy and the opportunity to express their Indigeneity and foster systemic change.

Heather Green
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Liza Piper

Title: Historical Investigations into Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Experiences of the Klondike Gold Rush, 1890-1950
My doctoral research focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the Gold Rush on the Hwëch’in, and, in turn, how they responded to both short and long term change the Rush brought to the central Yukon from 1890 to 1950. Investigating issues such as disease, dislocation, landscape and waterway reorganization, and labour, my research responds to a larger literature of economic colonialism in/near indigenous communities. My focus on Dawson City as a case study will allow me to consider local peculiarities and irregularities of economic colonialism within the context of global gold rushes.

Kasmach Lizaveta Kasmach
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr David Marples

Title: Eastern European history & 20th century Belarusian history

Kelsey Koon
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Rossiter

Archaeological markers of regional economic development on the military frontiers of the Roman Empire

Latimer Amber Latimer
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Drs Steven Hijmans & Jeremy Rossiter

Title: tba
I am interested in the study of late antiquity and, in particular, the rise of Christianity after Constantine I's conversion at the start the fourth century C.E. I plan to conduct my research on the use of Christian symbols and iconography in art, with a focus on how pagan and Christian images co-existed during this period of religious change.

Hereward Longley
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Liza Piper

Title: Indigenous Communities and the Environmental History of the Oil Sands Industry, 1960 to 2014
Post-Second World War environmental and Indigenous histories of hydrocarbon extraction and industrial development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. With focus on the oil sands industry and the Athabasca River Valley, my research measures political and economic histories of resource extraction against social and environmental change.

Shaun McKinnon
Masters of Arts - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: Archaeological investigation of pre-Constantinian Christianity in Roman Pannonia
My work focuses on the material remains of pre-Constantinian (before 313 CE) Christianity in the Roman Empire. Very little material actually remains from this period and much of the challenge for my MA will be to uncover new or previously overlooked evidence. Beyond the Archaeology of Christianity, I am interested in a broad range of topics including: Ancient Urbanism, Archaeological Methods and Theory, and Material Culture Theory.

Miakinkov Eugene Miakinkov
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Heather Coleman

Title: Officers of Catherine the Great: War, Culture, and Intellectual Life in Late 18th-Century Russia
My doctoral dissertation explores the origins of military culture in imperial Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-1796). Central to my study is the question of the role of military culture in shaping the intellectual, political, and cultural foundations of the Russian state. Military culture offers the opportunity to approach 18th-century Russia from a decentered perspective - neither from below, nor from above, but from the side, where thought and culture, war and bureaucracy, nobility and politics are commingled.

Nash Sarah Nash
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: Mythological Portraits of Roman Individuals as Hercules and Omphale
I am broadly interested in Graeco-Roman visual culture, mythological narratives, and issues of gender and sexuality. My doctoral research project examines the diverse connotations of Graeco-Roman historical figures associated with Hercules and queen Omphale of Lydia.

NiemiBohun Melanie Niemi-Bohun
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Title: Eastern Premises and Western Realities: Canadian Indian Policy, Status Categories, and Band Membership in Treaty Six, 1870-1921
My research explores the tensions between native adaptation to colonial settler society and the forms of resistance to the policies that directed this transformation. I examine the correlation between Aboriginal incorporation of imposed status categories and the solidification of band identities on the Plains after the signing of Treaty Six.

Francois Pageau
Doctor of Philosophy- History
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gow

Title: From Turlupins to Vaudois: Heresy and Witchcraft in Arras, 1420-1460
Medieval Popular Culture - Religious Resistance in Medieval Christianity - French Medieval Vernacular Literature and Theatre - Print Culture - Northern Europe Urbanization, 11 and 12 Century
My main research interest lies in the process of conflation of heresy and witchcraft in 15th century’s Northern France. Using as a starting point for my thesis two trials in the city of Arras, one against heretics in 1420 and the other against witches in 1460, I explore various factors which have influenced the elaboration of the learned theory of witchcraft and its bloody application: inquisitorial activities in Northern France, lay literacy, power struggles between bishops and city councils, and the spread of religious dissidence and apocalypticism following the Great Plague of 1348-52. I am also fascinated by the impact of print on lower classes literacy in 16th century France.

Patterson Sydney Patterson
Masters of Arts - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma

Title: Gender and Ritual: Analyzing Graves in Archaic and Classical Greece
I want to look at how gender is portrayed in cemeteries and how this relates to and is influenced by ideas of ritual and identity within the living community during these time periods.

Poletti Beatrice Poletti
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Languages
Supervisor: Dr Christopher S. Mackay

Title: Consecration of men and property in the literary tradition about Early Rome
My research deals with certain juridical-religious practices related by ancient written sources for the monarchical and early republican period of Roman history. In particular, I look at instances of consecration to the deity of property and men as penalty for specific crimes (e.g. treason), as dedication in war campaigns, and in the judicial prayers on curse tablets - with a view to understanding the development of the relevant historiographical tradition.

Pollock Katie Pollock
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Title: Gender, Race and Status: Metis Borderland Communities Along the 49th Parallel, 1885-1930
My research focus is on the borderlands of the Northern Great Plains, particularly in its relation to First Nation and Metis peoples. Specific emphasis is placed on the role of the border, forced nationalism, group identity, U.S. Army and RCMP interaction, and recognition or denial of transnational peoples by both national governments.

Sims Ashley Sims
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Title: Clothing bodies and furnishing homes: the material culture of seventeenth-century Scottish towns
Editorialists suggest that most members of modern western societies regularly engage in a level of consumer spending that is conspicuous and risky. What stands out in these commentaries is an explicit recognition of the deeper meaning behind the consumption of material goods. Such reflections have much older antecedents, including, the belief that objects possess meaning and that consumption is a social, cultural, economic and political act. During the 17th century Scottish mercantile activities actively shaped consumer culture at home and influenced how Scots outwardly exhibited their social status, gender, political outlook and economic standing. My dissertation will argue that a material culture, one that was distinctly urban and middle class, can only be understood once it considers the interplay between Scotland’s growing foreign trade networks and its domestic social, political and cultural values during the long 17th century.

Sims Daniel Sims
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Title: Dam Bennett: The Impact of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Hart Highway on the Tse Keh Nay of British Columbia, 1952-2012.
My research focuses on Aboriginal-European relations and the construction of identity as seen in the effects of hydroelectric development on the four Tse Keh Nay First Nations of British Columbia: Kwadacha, Tsay Keh Dene, McLeod Lake and Takla Lake. In particular, I will examine the relationship between identity, the environment, and colonization.

Yuxian Song
Yuxian Song
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Jay

Title: Power of the Phoenix Crown: Material Culture and Court Women in Late Ming China (1522-1644)

My research focuses on the material usage of court women, especially Empresses, in the late Ming Palace. I will analyze the relation between palace women’s material and their indirect political power. The investigation is based on analyzing the records of court women’s gifting/rewarding activities, religious patronizations, publications, and court paintings in conjunction with referencing to the sumptuary law. I am interested in visualizing the everyday life of court women, who were almost invisible in the traditional historical record. This research will offer a new perspective to understand women’s agency and everyday life in the 16-17th century China from the top of the social hierarchy.

Karin Tate
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title:Imperial Women in Public: Urban Space & Power Relationships in Ancient Rome
My proposed research explores the place of elite women in imperial Rome's social hierarchy as expressed in the built environment. Imperial women’s acts of public benefaction will be examined by comparing the political and historical context of each structure with its physical context in Rome’s urban topography.

Meaghan Walker
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

I am interested in early modern clothing, specifically men's clothing, and the British world. My project will look at the influence of Asian culture and global trade networks on British men's clothing starting from the development of the 1666 three-piece suit and ending with the 19th century smoking jacket.

White James White
Doctor of Philosopy - History
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gow

Title:In Imitation of Christ: Gender and the Use of Body Position in Late Medieval Europe
I am interested in the ways that both men and women used their bodies to express devotion in late medieval Europe (c.1200-c.1500). My research explores the bodily conformations that men and women adopted, as well as their use of religious space. In additional using theological and hagiographical literature, I am also examining prayer and body position through performance studies and kinesiology.

Zhira Maxwell Zhira
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Drs Guy Thompson & Malinda Smith (Poli Sci)

Title:Zimbabweans in South Africa: Their Experiences of Changes in Governance and Economic Development Issues in Zimbabwe, 2000-2010
African history and politics, with emphasis on (neo)colonialism and self-rule, economic changes, governance, human rights discourses, land debates, migration patterns, identity formation, and gender and health issues