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Welcome to our cumulative record of research achievement in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) at Huron University College.

The FASS Achievements page is a record and an archive of our research work and, in particular, our scholarly output. We take note of the publication of books, articles, chapters, reviews, opinion pieces, journalism, speeches, and other materials, written by the Faculty, students, and staff members of FASS. Our FASS Achievements page also profiles the creation of other media of communication and dissemination, such as visual media, digital outputs, interviews, dramatic performances, and musical compositions. Notable student research, community-based and class projects are recorded in the FASS Achievements page, as are the many conference presentations, colloquia, speeches, addresses, and commentaries undertaken by FASS Faculty and staff in the broader community.

The FASS Achievement page offers a range of links to full-text publications, digital archives, electronic posters, announcements of events, reviews, scholarly repositories, as well as other connections. Scrolling down the page reveals the scope and depth of scholarship among FASS members at Huron as well as our research productivity. 

Let's Celebrate!


Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir published within the Wiley Online library 

Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir's work is being featured within this highly-respected online scholarly journal. Within “Market value, market share, and mergers: Evidence from a panel of U.S. firms” Dr. Entezarkheir explores the following:

Improving shareholder value has often been cited as a merger determinant. Because mergers create larger firms and less competition, they may increase shareholder value through higher market share and stock-market value. We investigate merger impacts on firms' stock-market value and market share. We construct panel data from 4 different data sources on public merging and non-merging U.S. manufacturing firms for 1980–2003. Instrumental variables and factors such as R&D, patents, and citations control for endogeneity. We find that mergers are positively

correlated with stock-market value and market share.

Congratulations to Dr. Entezarkheir and her collaborators on this wonderfully written and informative paper.


Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir Presented at Technology, Knowledge & Society Conference

Dr. Entezarkheir, Professor in the Economics Department, presented a co-published paper titled, "Is Innovation a Factor in Merger Decisions? Evidence from a Panel of U.S. Firms" at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society. Entezarkheir and Saeed Moshiri's research addresses that the impact of innovation on mergers has been a subject of debate in merger enforcements. Firms may decide to merge because of increasing market share and market power. However, mergers may also be motivated by innovation since they provide resources for commercialization of innovation and allow for capturing knowledge spillovers. In this paper, they investigate the impact of innovation on merger decisions.

To read this paper, please see https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2808059

For more information on the conference, please visit http://techandsoc.com/2017-conference

Dr. Nesbitt-Larking Publishes A Review Essay

Acting Dean, Paul Nesbitt-Larking has published a review essay, “The Ideological Work of Narratives,” in the June, 2017 edition of Political Psychology. The essay explores common themes of ideological analysis across three new works: Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life, by Molly Andrews, Burdens of Political Responsibility, by Jade Schiff, and Refugees and the Meaning of Home, by Helen Taylor.

Dr. Entezarkheir Publishes New Paper

Professor Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir in the Department of Economics recently published, “Mergers and Innovation: evidence from a panel of US firms”. This paper discusses mergers that lead to larger firms and a less competitive market structure, but their effects on innovation are not clear. This study investigates merger impacts on innovation.

To read to this article, please see http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10438599.2017.1319094

Dr. Schofield is awarded 2017 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award

In 2016, Scott Scholfield served as Lead Curator for a Shakespeare 400 exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.  The c. 50,000 word, image rich exhibition catalogue containing essays by Schofield and four other collaborators from the University of Toronto was published by Coach House Press in conjunction with the exhibit.  That Catalogue has recently won the Division One "Leab award," a prize for best exhibition catalogue in North America and the Caribbean.   

For further details, see the Fisher's announcement here and the original announcement from the American Library Association here

Dr. Fang Has Published a New Paperback Edition of China’s Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming

China’s Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644, a monograph which was authored by Professor Jun Fang of the History Department and was published by Routledge first in hardcover edition, is now available in paperback. https://www.routledge.com/Chinas-Second-Capital-Nanjing-under-the-Ming-1368-1644/Fang/p/book/9781138079366

Professor Roghanizad's Study Published in HBR

A summary of Dr. Roghanizad's study was published in Harvard Business Review. To read the study, please see https://hbr.org/2017/04/a-face-to-face-request-is-34-times-more-successful-than-an-email

Professor Ionescu Published

Dr. Ionescu, a faculty member in the French department, has recently published a new journal article, titled « De l’écriture « comme un couteau » à l’écriture « dans le vif » : Le vrai lieu d’Annie Ernaux.  »

Professor Ionescu Presented Paper

Mariana Ionescu, Professor in the French department, presented a paper entitled "Avatars of Maryse Condé's (Auto)biographical Writing" at the Department of French Studies' Forum" at Western University on January 26, 2017. To learn more, please click here.

Professor Dumas' Study Mentioned in Western News

Tara Dumas, Assistant Professor in Psychology, co-published a study titled “Lying or longing for likes? Narcissism, peer belonging, loneliness and normative versus deceptive like-seeking on Instagram in emerging adulthood” with Matthew Maxwell-Smith, Jordan P. Davisc, and Paul A. Giuliettia. This study was recently featured in Western News, which can be found here.

To read the study please see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563217300493

Professor Roghanizad Cited in Recent Lifestyle Articles

Mahdi Roghanizad, a Professor in MOS, has recently been cited in lifestyle articles such as “Here’s the Best Way to Ask Someone for a Favor” in NYMag, “If You're Going to Ask for a Favor, Do It Face to Face” in LifeHacker, “You’re Less Persuasive Than You Think Over Email” in aps, and “A Cheat’s Guide to Asking for What You Want (And Getting It)” in Cosmopolitan. Please click on the article titles to read each expository.

Huron Students in Japanese 2250 Participate at OJSC

Sawako Akai, Professor in Japanese Studies, had three 2250 students participate in the 35th Annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest (OJSC) at the University of Toronto on March 4, 2017. Participating students and speeches were:

·         Hangin Jo “To be a flower that gives happiness”

·         Jiaci Liu “Dream with idols”

·         Mengjie Qui “Thanks for being with me”

Professor Akai thought that each student performed very well and Jiaci Liu received a special award. They had a wonderful experience and would like to participate again next year.

Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir Published New Paper

Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir, a Professor in Economics, has published "Patent thickets, defensive patenting, and induced R&D: an empirical analysis of the costs and potential benefits of fragmentation in patent ownership" and it can be found in Empirical Economics (Vol 52, Issue 2, March 2017). To read her paper, please click here.


Two Publications from Professor King

Dr. Frederick D. King, Professor in English, has published “The Decadent Archive and the Long History of New Media”, which appears in the latest issue of Victorian Periodicals Review (Vol. 49, No. 4 2016) and is available on Project Muse here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/644187

In addition, he has contributed to a chapter entitled “ ‘The Portrait of Mr. W. H.’ and Oscar Wilde’s Revisionist History of Same-Sex Desire” to Quintessential Wilde: His Worldly Place, His Penetrating Philosophy and His Influential Aestheticism. Edited by Annette M. Magid for Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2017). The book can be found here: http://www.cambridgescholars.com/quintessential-wilde


Dr. Crimmins Published a New Edition of The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism

Jim Crimmins, Professor in Political Science, new paperback edition of The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, just released January 2017, has over 220 articles authored by 125 scholars from around the globe. The Encyclopedia 
captures the complex developmental history and the multi-faceted character of utilitarianism in its various contexts and forms more completely than any previous source. 

Interested and learning more about The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism? Please see http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-bloomsbury-encyclopedia-of-utilitarianism-9780826429896/

Dr. Entezarkheir Presented at AEA

Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir presented her research on mergers and innovation at American Economic Association Meeting in Chicago on January 06, 2017 and in invited external seminar series of Department of Economics at Wilfred Laurier University on January 13, 2017.


Professor Roghanizad Published Two New Collaborative Projects

Mahdi Roghanizad, an Assistant Professor in MOS department, is interested in social psychology of Computer-mediated communication. Specifically, he explores the effect of mediated communication on taking the other party’s perspective. His findings show that people has very little understanding about others’ intentions when interacting through technology enabled channels.

His most recent work, coauthored with Vanessa Bohns (Cornell University) appeared in Journal of Experimental social psychology and can be found here. The results show that, egocentrically, help-seekers believe they can elicit equal levels of potential helpers’ trust in Face-to-Face and email requests.

Another ongoing research, coauthored with Rod White and Derrick Neufeld (Ivey Business School), was presented in 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) and nominated for the best paper. The abstract and full text can be found here. The results show that compared to a Face-to-face, a high definition video / audio interaction seriously reduces people’s ability to predict others’ behaviour.

Dr. Neil Bradford Publishes and Presents Research on Urban Governance & Place-Based Policy

Dr. Neil Bradford, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, published a chapter "Ordinary City at the Crossroads: London, Ontario" in the book Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions (University of Toronto Press, May 2016). Dr. Bradford discusses how geographically localised innovation impacts economic and social development in mid-sized cities such as London. To read his chapter and the entire e-book, please click

Dr. Neil Bradford published the article, "Ideas and Collaborative Governance: A Discursive Localism Approach" by Dr. Neil Bradford was published in Urban Affairs Review (Vol. 52, Issue 5, September 2016). Dr. Bradford adapts the discursive institutionalist framework to the urban scales, exploring how and why different policy ideas shape governance processes. To read the full article, please see

Dr. Neil
Bradford published "Canada: Placing the Public Policy Agenda" in Regions Magazine. The article interprets the evolution of “place-based policy making” in Canada offering examples of multi-level governance across a range of economic and social sectors. To read this article, please click here.

Dr. Neil Bradford wrote two Discussion Papers for public policy organizations.  In November 2016 he prepared the paper “Urban Development Agreements: Back on the Policy Agenda?” for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  The paper makes the case for tri-level government policy making in urban development.   In January 2017, Dr. Bradford presented the paper “Canadian Regional Development Policy: Flexible Governance and Adaptive Implementation” to an OECD Policy Forum in Paris France on Public Governance and Territorial Development.


Dr. Neil Bradford presented the paper “National Urban Policy: A Discursive Institutional Approach” at the Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1-4, 2016.  The paper offers a comparative analysis of urban policy development in the United States, Canada, and Sweden. 

Dr. Jun Fang Published an Updated Edition of Zongle de kunhuo: Mingdai de shangye yu wenhua

Dr. Jun Fang, Professor in the Department of History at Huron University College, has published an updated edition of Zongle de kunhuo: Mingdai de shangye yu wenhua (Guilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, October 2016, 353 pp.), the Chinese translation of Timothy Brook’s award-winning The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. The first edition of the translation, simultaneously published in 2004 by Beijing’s Joint Publishing Company in simplified characters and Taipei’s Linking Publishing Company in complex characters, was widely considered one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” in China and has received numerous rave reviews from both sides of the Taiwan Strait. 

Student-Faculty Co-authored Article 

Megan Hertner (History, HUC '16), and Drs. Amy Bell & Nina Reid-Maroney have published "Community-based Research and Student Learning" in the latest issue of Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning eJournal.  The article examines the impact of two CBL case studies from History courses at Huron--one on the history of antislavery movements in 19th-century London, Ontario, and one which transcribed archived letters from the local London museum, Eldon House.

Reflecting on the innovative use of community-based learning as both pedagogy and research method, the authors note that CBL projects offer students the opportunity to connect the rigours of the classroom and independent study with active learning and critical, original research.  Huron classrooms are at the leading edge of research learning, engaging students in the process of crossing real and imagined boundaries that appear to divide the academy from the community.  Support for the CBL projects profiled in the article was provided by the RBC Foundation; The Dr. Kenneth W. Lemon Fund for Community-Based Learning; and the Willie May and William H. Lumpkin Fund for Community-Based Learning at Huron.

Dr. Mark Cole Recently Published “Pattern Cue and Visual Cue Competition in a Foraging Task by Rats”

Professor Mark Cole in the Psychology Department recently published “Pattern Cue and Visual Cue Competition in a Foraging Task by Rats” with first author and former student Amy Clipperton-Allen, and two other co-authors, Margaux Peck and Julie Quirt, also former students at Huron. The results from four different experiments with rats suggested strongly that, whereas the pattern of food locations is learned, even when presumably-more-salient visual cues are present to indicate food locations, the stimulus control exerted by pattern is much weaker than that exerted by visual cues. These data are more easily explained by a model of learning that includes dedicated modules than by a single-system associative model.

To read this publication, please see http://rdcu.be/nkSA

Acting Dean, Paul Nesbitt-Larking Recently Published a New Chapter

Along with co-author Catarina Kinnvall, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Paul Nesbitt-Larking recently published “Saffron and Orange: Religion, Nation and Masculinity in Canada and India.” The chapter was included in The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History, (London: Routledge, 2017) edited by Ari Antikainen, Pat Sikes, and Molly Andrews. The chapter explores narratives of religious nationalists across two contrastive national experiences.

Dr. Entezarkheir Presented her Paper at the University of Guelph

Huron’s Economics faculty Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir presented her academic paper, titled "Is Innovation a Factor in Merger Decisions? Evidence from a Panel of U.S. Firms,” in invited external seminar series of Department of Economics at the University of Guelph on Nov 4, 2016.

Dr. Michael Kottelenberg presented a paper at the National Bureau of Economic Research Conference

Dr. Michael Kottelenberg of the Department of Economics presented a paper at the NBER Public Policies in Canada and the United States Conference, held in Ottawa, Canada from 27th-28th October, 2016. This conference was hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and offered the opportunity for top researchers across Canada and the United States to discuss current research in front of both an academic and policy audience. Dr. Kottelenberg’s paper contributed to a session on skills development, exploring the role of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills in determining labour market income. 

Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Acting Dean of FASS, was a keynote speaker and session chair at the recent International Summit on Political Psychology

Acting Dean of FASS Paul Nesbitt-Larking was a keynote speaker and session chair at the recent International Summit on Political Psychology. The conference took place at O.P. Jindal Global University, Delhi, India, from 25th -26th October, 2016. His paper focused on discourses of multiculturalism and the global spread of concepts in political psychology. Among the conference themes were the influence of culture on security and decision making, ethnicity and identity in North East India, political dialogues in contemporary India, and analyses of the political psychology of the Indian state.

French Students Participate in Comics Workshop with Author Sarah Leavitt

Students in Dr. Andrea King’s 2408A course participated in an online comics workshop with professional comics artist Sarah Leavitt on October 20-21, 2016.  Under the guidance of Ms. Leavitt, the students created original thumbnail comics of famous English nursery rhymes and submitted them for critique.  Ms. Leavitt, whose graphic memoir Tangles (Freehand Books, 2010) was shortlisted for the Writer’s Trust Non-Fiction Prize, praised the students’ technique and helped them further develop their craft.  The students will use their skills in completing their final project in the course—the creation of French-language online comics anthologies grouped around a specific theme. 


Nina Reid-Maroney has published a book chapter--"Benezet's Ghost: Revisiting the Antislavery Culture of Benjamin Rush's Philadelphia"

Nina Reid-Maroney
has published a book chapter--"Benezet's Ghost: Revisiting the Antislavery Culture of Benjamin Rush's Philadelphia"-- in The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784): From French Reformation to North American Quaker Antislavery Activism ed. Marie-Jeanne Rossignol and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke (Brill, 2016.)  The book considers Anthony Benezet's work and influence across the Atlantic world, and builds on the innovative scholarship presented at an international Benezet conference held in Paris in 2013.

Dr. David Blair Presented at the 24th World Congress of Political Science

Dr. David Blair of the Department of Political Science presented a paper at the 24th World Congress of Political Science, held in Poznań, Poland in July.  The Congress was organised by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), and this year over 2,500 participants from every region of the world attended.  The theme of the Congress was "Politics in a World of Inequality", and the title of Dr. Blair's paper was "Economic Inequality and the Global Diffusion of Neoliberalism". 

Dr. David Blair Publishes "Canada's Climate Policy"


The Political Science department's Dr. David Blair recently published an article in the journal Academic Foresights, entitled "Canada's Climate Policy".  The article evaluates the diverse explanations commonly offered for Canada's performance in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and identifies the key political and economic trends that will likely shape Canada's climate policies over the next five years and beyond.  The article is available online at: http://www.academic-foresights.com/Canadas_Climate_Policy.html

Dr. Mark Franke Publishes Two New Journal Articles

The Director of Huron’s Centre for Global Studies, Dr. Mark Franke, has recently published two journal articles related to the politics of representing and theorising human movement and displacement.  Dr. Franke’s critical engagement with aesthetic production in the cartography of displacement appears in:  “UNHCR’s Territorial Depoliticization of Forced Displacement Through the Governance Mechanisms of Participatory Geographical Information Systems,” Territory, Politics, Governance 4:4 (November 2016), pp. 421–437.  And his challenge to conventional spatial/temporal renderings of human migration appears in:  “Theorising the Right to Be Political in Motion:  khôra as Condition of Possibility,” special issue on Migratory Crises and Political Conceptions of Human Movement, Revista Colombia Internacional 88 (September–December 2016), pp. 79 – 106.  The respective publications may be found at:



“Exile and Enclosure” with Dr. Wendy Russell

Dr. Wendy Russell, Assistant Professor with the Centre for Global Studies, brings back a wealth of knowledge to Huron’s fourth year CGS 4016F: Globalization seminar course from the international conference
Exile and Enclosure, which took place in May of this year at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

It was a small, yet exciting conference that convened around the work of a small group of scholars, each working on a case that exemplifies exits from dominant capitalist structures. Presentations explored the possibilities of self-organization, self-governance, autonomous production, self-determining mobility, and territorial autonomy.

Dr. Russell is currently preparing a paper to contribute to a volume of papers that emerged as a result of the conference. She is also using this research as the basis for her CGS 4016F: Globalization course, which focuses on the emergence of exilic space in a world defined by contemporary capitalism. The course asks how social groups (communities, social movements, resistance movements, anarchist groups, land-based communities) are exiting capitalist hegemony and reorganizing in exilic spaces.

 For information about the conference, please find the conference program here

 To review CGS 4016F: Globalization’s Course Outline, please visit here

Student Renjie Wang Publishes Paper in Western's Undergraduate Economics Review

Renjie Wang, a student in Honours Economics, published a paper in the current issue of the Western Undergraduate Economics Review entitled, “The Wealth Effects on Stock on Consumption: A Time Series Analysis of the U.S. from 1952 to 2014.”

Renjie is currently a fourth year student in Huron’s Two plus Two program with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China. His paper uses an econometric model to analyze the size, speed of adjustment, and stability of changes in stock market valuations on consumption behavior in the United States from 1952 to 2014.


Political Science Students and Faculty Organize Electoral Reform Town Hall  

The Huron University College Civic Engagement Squad coordinated a highly successful Town Hall meeting on Electoral Reform on Sunday 25 September, 2016. Local MPs Peter Fragiskatos, Irene Mathyssen, Karen Vecchio, and Kate Young were in attendance to hear the views of London-Middlesex citizens on our current electoral system and its potential alternatives. Over 300 participants gathered to take part in the discussion at King’s University College. Acting Dean Paul Nesbitt-Larking gave a presentation on electoral systems and acted as meeting moderator. Dr. Neil Bradford and Dr. Lindsay Scorgie-Porter coordinated the work of Huron students, who were the chairs and recorders of a number of breakout sessions.

Participating students were: Emily Abbott, Jared Bulger, Jeremy Castle, Natasha Crombie, Ziyad Darwish, Brandon Dickson, Osama Farooq, Wincy Ho, Ahmed Ismail, Madison Kerr, Nikita Mathew, Kayley MacGregor, Claire McCollum, Gabriel Ndayishmiye, Kendall O’Donnell, Simon Oullette, Aliah Sakr, Joseph Scarfone, Carol Scott, Ernest Tam, and Melody Wagner. Many citizen participants spoke highly of the maturity and professionalism of Huron’s political science students. The Civic Engagement Squad is currently writing up the comments and will soon present a Report to the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir Presents at Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance

Huron Economics Faculty member, Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir presented at the Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance- RCEF 2016 on Innovation, Growth, Governance and Development. The conference was held in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Center for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo from 16 -18 September, 2016. Dr. Entezarkheir presented an academic paper, “
Is Innovation a Factor in Merger Decisions? Evidence from a Panel of U.S. Firms,” with Saeed Moshiri from University of Saskatchewan: http://www.rcfea.org/

Acting Dean Paul Nesbitt-Larking on The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics

Acting Dean Paul Nesbitt-Larking has a chapter, “The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics: Beyond Binaries and Banality” in a new collection, The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics (Routledge), edited by Caroline Howarth and Eleni Andreouli. The chapter and the book examine how politics permeates everyday lives from the daily rounds of social interaction to group and community dynamics and identities. Learn more about the book.


Nicholas Van Allen, Coordinator, Writing Services, Successfully Defends Doctoral Thesis

On August 26, Nicholas Van Allen, Coordinator, Writing Services, successfully defended his doctoral thesis “On the Farm, in the Town, and in the City: Nineteenth-Century Networks and Spaces in Rural Middlesex County, Southwestern Ontario” at The University of Guelph.

His thesis uses an HGIS (historical geographic information system) alongside farm diaries from Middlesex to recreate the social and economic networks of nineteenth-century farm families. The project is a microhistory focussing on three families in particular – two from Glanworth and one from central Delaware – and takes into account the everyday experience of farming during an era of urban growth, when farmers shifted to mixed farming practices and marketed more intensively to urban buyers.

If you would like to see a bit of what that thesis is about, he published one of his chapters just recently in the journal Rural Landscapes. The paper is “Rebuilding the Landscape of the Rural Post Office: A Geo-Spatial Analysis of 19th-century Postal Spaces and Networks” (available at: tinyurl.com/zqoehy7).

Associate Librarian Colleen Burgess Presents at Western Conference

Associate Librarian Colleen Burgess recently co-facilitated a session at the Fall Perspectives on Teaching Conference at Western University. With Melanie Mills (Western Libraries) and Elan Paulson (Education), Colleen presented “Using Online Activities to Build Students’ Research Capacity”. Among the questions and challenges considered in the session were: Where does making students research ready (e.g., thinking like a researcher, developing a research question, negotiating the information ecosystem) fit into university teaching, as well as how, when, and where developing students’ research capacity takes place. Participants received an introduction to a repository of online resources, eCampus Ontario, and one of its recently funded initiatives, www.Student2Scholar.ca (S2S), a fully online, self-paced suite of learning modules for social science graduate students. 


Professor Tom Peace Contributes to Publications and Public Presentations


With his colleague Katie Labelle (University of Saskatchewan), Professor Thomas Peace of Huron’s Department of History has edited a collection of essays coming out in the New Directions in Native American Studies series with University of Oklahoma Press. Click to view

The book, entitled From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900, brings together the syntheses of six doctoral dissertations on the Wendat/Wyandot/Wyandotte (Huron) people to argue for the importance of thinking about these people(s) together within a North American (rather than Canadian or American) context. In doing so it works against the common popular assumption that these people were destroyed when their confederacy, in what is today central Ontario, dispersed in the 1640s and 1650s. The authors consulted with, and drew upon the expertise of, members of the four present-day Wendat/Wyandot/Wyandotte communities in bringing the manuscript to publication.

Along with Jim Clifford and Judy Burns, Professor Peace also co-authored a chapter in Ben Bradley, Jay Young and Colin Coates’s Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History. The Chapter is entitled “Maitland’s Moment: Turning Nova Scotia’s Forests into Ships for the Global Commodity Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century” and was released in June, 2016. The chapter is part of a larger project coordinated through the Network in Canadian History and Environment that thinks about the histories of movement in shaping Canada’s environmental history. This chapter focuses on the way that changes in global trading patterns significantly reshaped the relationship between people and the environment in the small community of Maitland, Nova Scotia. From 1860 to 1890, the community boomed and its population grew exponentially as local residents and immigrants built and operated large ships that moved commodities like coal and guano around the globe. Moving Natures is part of NiCHE and the University of Calgary Press’s Canadian History and Environment Series and is available in print and open access here.

In addition to his publications, Professor Peace has given a series of public presentations. In May, he gave the keynote address at the conference “Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” The conference, which was held at Saint Mary’s University, brought together academics, policy-makers, NGOs and community members to discuss the changing cultural diversity in the Maritimes and immigration-related challenges the region faces (and has faced). Professor Peace’s address was entitled “Immigration and Sovereignty: Lessons from the Distant Past” and argued for the importance of thinking about immigration within the context of colonial, imperial and Indigenous relationships that existed during the eighteenth century. The lecture’s text is to be published in the journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society later this fall.

On September 9 and 10, 2016, Professor Peace will be at the "Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age" symposium at Dartmouth College, to give a talk entitled “From Samson Occom to Sawatanen & Peter Jones: The Promise of Digital Archives in Challenging Intellectual, National, and Historiographical Borders.” The talk is part of a panel built around a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on which he is a co-investigator alongside Susan Glover (Laurentian University) and Alan Corbiere (M’Chigeeng First Nation). The project involves a reconnaissance of Canadian archives looking for manuscript documents written by Indigenous peoples.

Huron Well-Represented at 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference 


Huron was well-represented at the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference hosted by Western from June 22-25, 2016.  Drs. Diana Buglea, Catharine Dishke Hondzel Stephanie Oliver, Scott Schofield, and Krista Vogt each presented papers during the conference covering a range of topics related to enhancing post-secondary teaching and learning. The annual STLHE conference is Canada’s pre-eminent venue for increasing awareness and application of best practices in the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education.  This year over 800 faculty, staff, and students participated in the conference workshops, interactive papers, and poster presentations. To read more about the topics presented, visit http://stlhe2016sapes.ca/program.cfm.

Papers presented:
Diana Buglea: Building a multi-disciplinary research community of practice: Finding the SoTL in our teaching and learning
Catharine Dishke Hondzel: Knowledge sharing through international communities of practice
Stephanie Oliver: Take a walk on the WALS side: Innovative teaching in Western Active Learning
Scott Schofield: The case for social annotation: Co-reading in real time
Krista Vogt: Student engagement in learning management systems


Acting Dean Paul Nesbitt-Larking presents two papers at an international conference

Acting Dean Paul Nesbitt-Larking recently attended the 39th Annual Scientific meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. The conference was held in Warsaw, Poland from 13 -16 July, 2016. He presented two academic papers, “Securitization Through Re-enchantment: The Uses of Myth and Memory in Strategic Rebordering,” and “Framing Multiculturalism: Academic and Popular Views on Diversity.” The paper on securitization continues Professor Nesbitt-Larking’s collaborations with Catarina Kinnvall (Lund University, Sweden) and Jim McAuley (University of Huddersfield, UK) on research into ontological security and political identities. The paper on multiculturalism is part of a larger project funded through a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight grant. Click here for more information on the conference.

Professor Jim Crimmins of the Department of Political Science presents a paper on Utilitarianism at an international conference 


In July, Professor James E Crimmins of the Department of Political Science presented a paper at the International Society for Utilitarian Studies conference hosted by the Catholic University of Lille, France, titled “An American Utilitarian: The Political Thought of Thomas Cooper (1759–1839).” 

Cooper was an important figure in his day but has largely disappeared from contemporary studies of the history of utilitarianism.  In this paper Professor Crimmins examined the trajectory of Cooper’s political thought from his early embracing of utilitarian ideas under the influence of Hume and Priestley and application of these ideas in defending the merits of democratic institutions, to his later “originalist” constitutionalism and defence of state rights and slavery. Professor Crimmins’s research is part of a larger book project on rights and utility in the American political tradition, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and previously supported by a Fulbright Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.



 Huron’s Faculty-Student Research Collaboration Highlighted

Congratulations to Professor Nina Reid-Maroney, and co-authors Christina Redmond and Zorian Maksymec (who are now proud Huron alumni), on a recently published article in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education titled Community-Based Research and the Historian’s Craft: The Hiram Wilson Letters Project.

The article summarizes the success of a community-based research project in which students in History 3801E worked with local community partners and the Oberlin College Archives to create a digital archive of the manuscript letters written from Canada by an American abolitionist in the 1840s and 1850s.

Huron's strategically small size provides students with numerous advantages, one of which is the opportunity to conduct original research. Original research is a learning opportunity that often does not present itself until graduate school. This project is a perfect example of Huron's leadership in innovative research conducted by undergraduate students. Read the article here



Huron Embarks on TransAtlantic Collaboration

Huron University College is embarking on a unique and exciting new project set to roll out to students during the fall term of the 2016/2017 academic year. HUC history students will have the unparalleled chance to collaborate with students across the pond at the University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Read more...

Dr. Neil Brooks of HUC English Department Awarded for Excellence


During the 2016 Convocation Ceremony at Western University, Dr. Neil Brooks was was awarded the Huron University College Faculty of Arts and Social Science Teaching Award.


HUC Philosophy Professor Receives Award

Dr. Steven Bland was the recipient of the Huron University College Students' Council (HUCSC) Teaching award for 2016.  This award, chosen and awarded by the students of the HUCSC, is given to teachers who educate, inspire and motivate.

Federal Funding for HUC Prof Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney

Nina Reid-Maroney, Associate Professor and Chair of History at Huron, is collaborating on a new interdisciplinary research project: Canada's 19th century black press: roots and trajectories of exceptional communication and intellectual activism. The project has been awarded a five-year Insight Grant from SSHRC. With colleagues Dr. Claudine Bonner (Acadia) and Dr. Boulou Ebanda de b’Beri (lead investigator, University of Ottawa), Dr. Reid-Maroney will explore the intellectual history of the black press as an activist movement that has helped to shape the socio-cultural and multiracial landscape of Canada.   

The first phase of the project at Huron in Fall 2016  is a community-based research partnership between History students in HIST3313F (“The Movement: Civil Rights and African American History in the 20th century”) and the London Public Library, to create a digital annotated edition of the 1920s newspaper, Dawn of Tomorrow.

HUC Prof Dr. Teresa Hubel Receives Federal Grant

Professor and Chair of the English Department, Dr. Teresa Hubel was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to fund her research over the next five years. Dr. Hubel will continue researching the study of the role of women in India. The aim is to deepen understandings of the multifaceted entanglements of Devadasis and Tawaifs (who jointly might be called ‘courtesans’) with British colonialism, Indian nationalism, and the construction of a modern feminine identity in India.

For more information on Dr. Hubel's research click here.