I am currently an Assistant Professor (Limited Term) at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. I hold a Ph.D. in Canadian Studies from Trent University. I have also earned an MA in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University and a BA in History and English from the University of Calgary. My academic career has been inherently multi-disciplinary.
My main areas of specialization are the history of childhood, Canadian history, social policy and urban studies. My first journal article was published in the American Review of Canadian Studies in June, 2011. This past summer, I published a second article in the Urban History Review. In early November of 2015, I completed my first monograph, Ontario’s Soldiers’ Aid Commission: 100 Years of Assistance to Veterans in Need 1915-2015. In June 2014 I completed my dissertation entitled Growing Up in Suburbia: Childhood, Children and Adolescents in Postwar Canada, 1950-1970. It is now under peer review and we anticipate it being published by fall, 2017.
I have also pursued other writing interests. I wrote a monthly column from 2011-2012 for Canadian Interviews focusing on Canadian politics with occasional forays into youth politics and Canadian history. I have also been a Featured Columnist for the San Franciso-based Bleacher Report.
Moving forward, I am going to expand what I blog about on this site. While literature reviews and author interviews may appear from time to time, I will plan to write about the areas that interest me most related to my academic pursuits. I’ll write about childhood in historical context and today, politics, and Canadian history. I hope you’ll enjoy the site and engage with me from time to time.
I have also become very interested in play on several levels: theoretically, relationships to other parts of our lives, in the context of age, and so forth. I have begun some preliminary research in these areas and have delivered some talks now on play and its impact on our lives. Please contact me if you are interested in having me speak to any of these issues in any number of settings.
I am very lucky to have the unwavering support of my wonderful wife and partner Lesli, along with my beautiful children, Belle and Tristan. I love you with all of my heart.