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.

2009 Public History Grads

2009 Public History Grads


Undergraduate Courses:
HIST 2501 Early Modern Britain
HIST 2910 First World War
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 2910 First World War
This team taught course of lectures and workshops is coordinated by Professor Dominique Marshall. I am organizing the Commemorative section of the course which explores how societies have remembered the First World War and how its past plays an important role in our present.

Course outline

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

Past Student Publications from essays in the course:
Peter Anderson, Ottawa School Gardens in the Early 1900s
 Ottawa Historical Association pamphlet 76

Media Coverage:
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

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