Born in Thornhill, Ontario, he moved to Auckland, New Zealand as a teenager. Finishing up his schooling at Westlake Boys High School, he went on to do a BA and MA (and a spot of teaching) at the University of Auckland and then went to England for his PhD. After completing his Cambridge doctorate, David took up a lectureship at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London where he taught for eleven years before arriving at Carleton where he has been Full Professor since 2000.
One of the founding members of the department’s MA in Public History, he also formed the Carleton Centre for Public History whose directorship he currently shares with Dr James Opp. From 2008 until 2012 David was Company Historian to Ottawa’s National Art Centre’s English Theatre, working on productions such as Macbeth, Mother Courage, the Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, Vimy and King Lear.
David is active in Ottawa’s Worker’s History Museum as a collaborator, advisor and patron. A Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge he is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society. In his rare leisure moments he enjoys exploring vegan cuisine, walking (hiking), following the Habs and Man Utd, trying to play the bodhran, and watching tv shows that mess with space and time, particularly Dr Who.