McMaster University

McMaster University

Wilson Fellows Research Interests

Asa McKercher

Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 27144
Office: CNH 607C

Dr. McKercher, a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a PhD from Cambridge, joins the Wilson Institute from Queens University where he has been an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow.  He works on Canadian international relations and international history with a special interest in Canada-Latin America and in particular Canada-Cuba relations. The author of more than a dozen articles and chapters, his book, Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era, will appear this year. As a Wilson fellow he will undertake two projects, one on Canada and the end of empire and the other on Canada and the Cuban Revolution.


Phil Van Huizen

Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 27144
Office: CNH 628

Dr. Van Huizen, an environmental historian of Canada-US energy development, received his PhD from the University of British Columbia with a dissertation on conflict over power development in the Skagit Valley, which won the American Historical Association’s prize for the best doctoral dissertation on the North American West.  He did his undergraduate work at the University of Alberta where for the past two years he has held a SSHRCC postdoctoral fellowship studying the social and environmental history of the Canada-US oil and gas network, a project which he will continue at McMaster.


Ian Mosby

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 28152
Office: CNH 628

Ian Mosby, PhD (York University, 2011) is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History. His first book, Food Will Win the War: The Politics, Culture and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front, was just published in May 2014 by UBC Press. The publication of his article “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952” in the summer of 2013 received widespread international media attention, including front page stories in newspapers across the country. This article is part of his current interdisciplinary research project examining the ways in which food and nutrition were used as tools of Canadian colonial policy during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Dr. Mosby's book Food Will Win the War: the Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada's Home Front (UBC Press, 2014) was a co-winner of the Canadian Historical Association's 2015 prize for the Best Book in Canadian political history.



Dr. Jennifer Bonnell
Jennifer Bonnell (Ph.D, OISE-University of Toronto 2010) is the co-editor of a Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014) and the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley, (University of Toronto Press, 2014). During her tenure as a Wilson fellow she pursued research on her new project, a transnational study of agricultural modernization and its effects upon beekeepers as marginal producers in twentieth-century Ontario and New York State.  Dr. Bonnell's Reclaimng the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley (U of Toronto Press, 2014) received the Canadian Historical Association's Clio Award for Ontario, and was short-listed for the CHA's Sir John A. McDonald award for best book in Canadian history. It also won the Ontario Historical Association's Fred Langdon award for Ontario history. Jennifer has also been recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of History, York University, specializing in Canadian and public history.

Dr. Colin McCullough
Colin McCullough, PhD (York University, 2013) dissertation examines the linkages between Canada's national identity and peacekeeping. He is currently revising his dissertation for publication as well as co-editing a collection on the memory and history of Kristallnacht. As a Wilson Fellow he investigated the world government movement and its peace initiatives in Canada following the Second World War. He is also a teacher of modern Canadian cultural and international relations history.

Dr. Katharine Rollwagen
Katharine Rollwagen, PhD (University of Ottawa, 2012) examines the social and cultural influence of corporate entities, from her current work on the impacts of consumer culture on youth to earlier research on notions of gender, class and community in Canadian company towns. Her dissertation, “The Market that Just Grew Up,” examined the growth of teenaged consumers in advertising and retail promotions in Canada between the 1930s and the 1960s. In addition to preparing her thesis for publication, as a Wilson fellow began a related project examining teenagers and the evolution of the after-school job in mid-twentieth century Canada. She is the author of several scholarly articles and has taught courses in women's history, the history of youth, and historical theory and methods at the University of Victoria and the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Maxime Dagenais
Maxime Dagenais, PhD (University of Ottawa 2011) dissertation examines the post-Rebellion period in Lower Canada and popular response to the controversial Special Councils of Lower Canada. He obtained his BA Honours in History from Concordia University in 2003 and his MA from the University of Ottawa in 2006. His thesis addresses questions of general discipline in the CEF, and attempts to explain the 22nd Battalion's poor disciplinary record. He is the co-author of The Land in Between. The Upper St. John Valley, Prehistory to World War One (a second book on the subject is in development) and the author of "'Une Permission! ... C'est bon pour une recrue.' Discipline and Illegal Absences in the 22nd (French-Canadian) Battalion, 1915-1919" published in Canadian Military History. Dr. Dagenais is expanding his research of the Special Council to the imperial context. How was it shaped by the imperial context, and how has it influenced British imperial policy?

Dr. Alexandre Dube
Alexandre Dube, PhD (McGill University 2010) is an historian of the French colonies in North America. He came to McMaster from post-doctoral fellowships at the prestigious Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He will publish a book on colonial Louisiana and its role in the French Empire.

Dr. Dan Horner
Dan Horner, PhD (York 2010) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Wilson Institute. He is revising his dissertation on popular politics and public life in mid-nineteenth-century Montreal for publication. He has published a number of articles on political violence in nineteenth-century Quebec. Besides teaching in the History Department at McMaster, he is conducting research for his next project, which compares public reactions to outbreaks of epidemic disease across the North Atlantic World in the early nineteenth century.

Dr. Stuart Henderson
Stuart Henderson, PhD (Queen's 2008) is an L. R. Wilson Assistant Professor in the Institute for Canadian History. He is the author of Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s, and is finishing a book on Rochdale College and countercultural currents in the early 1970s. He is a pop culture journalist, a Features Editor at, and a juror for the Polaris Music Prize.

Dr. Peter Cook
For his PhD at McGill University Peter Cook specialised in native-colonial alliances on the western frontier of New France exploring in practical terms what it mean to "live as brothers."  His project as a Wilson Fellow involved a decoding of the "kingship" metaphor French colonists applied to native leadership and political organization.

Dr. Aya Fujiwara
A graduate of Tsukuba University in Japan, Dr. Fujiwara received a PhD in Canadian History from the University of Alberta. During her tenure as a Wilson Fellow she prepared a monograph on the way ethnic elites contributed to the transition from Anglo-conformity to multiculturalism between 1919 and 1971. She also began a new project on the resettlement of displaced Japanese Canadians east of the Rockies in the postwar era.

Dr. Julie Gilmour
Dr. Gilmour, a specialist in 20th Century Canadian immigration policy, refugees and citizenship, with a PhD from the University of Toronto, has a book manuscript dealing with Displaced Persons in Canada following WWII under review by a publisher. She turned her attention during her Wilson Fellowship to the 1907 Race Riot in Vancouver.

Dr. Tim Pearson
Dr. Pearson's interests pertain to the history of Canada, and particularly French Canada, from the late sixteenth century onwards. The history of the French empire in the Americas and of the early modern Atlantic world are topics that coincide with his current academic research. Dr. Pearson also concentrates in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century social and cultural history of Canada and Quebec, and in the history of religion and gender.

Dr. John Varty
During his PhD at Queens and postdoctoral work at Yale, John Varty examined the role of scientific research in the development of the Canadian grain trade. As a Wilson Fellow he studied Canadian food-science aid to India during the development decade of the 1960's and initiated a new project on the history of cattle diseases and trade embargoes.

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