Professor Emerita in History
Convocation, Oct. 21, 2010
A distinguished historian, Margaret Conrad came to UNB in 2002 as the university’s first female Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies.
Her contributions to the history department, the faculty of arts, and to UNB are widely recognized, highly respected, and of lasting character. Her commitment to political history has made her one of Canada’s most astute and trenchant commentators on current Canadian politics.
Believing that historians need to reinsert themselves into the public policy debate, she devoted much of her time at UNB to improving the knowledge capacity of the Atlantic provinces to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Throughout her career, Dr. Conrad published research on the Atlantic region’s early settlers and 20th-century political economy, made sources for research more accessible through old and new media, produced highly-popular textbooks, and forged connections between academics and the public. She was the driving force behind the Atlantic Canada Portal, designed to support research on the Atlantic region.
Dr. Conrad also helped to lay the foundation for Women’s Studies in Canada. A founding editor of Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, she is co-author of No Place Like Home: The Diaries and Letters of Nova Scotia Women, which changed the way we understand women’s work and family life.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.