Professor Conrad (Professor Emerita) holds degrees from Acadia University (BA Honours History 1967) and the University of Toronto (MA 1968 and PhD 1979). A member of the History Department of Acadia University from 1969 to 2002, Professor Conrad held a Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick from 2002 to 2009. She also served as an adjunct Professor of History at Dalhousie (1992 to 2002) and held Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (1996-1998). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995, received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and is an Officer of the Order of Canada (2004). In 2011 she received the Society for Digital Humanities Award for outstanding achievement in computing in the Arts and Humanities. She is currently Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick where she continues to explore aspects of Digital Humanities with the support of the Electronic Text Centre.
She has published widely in the fields of Atlantic Canada and women's history. Major works include A Concise History of Canada (London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012); (with Alvin Finkel and Donald Fyson) Canada: A History (Toronto: Pearson, 2012); (with James K. Hiller) Atlantic Canada: A History (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2010), (with Alvin Finkel), History of the Canadian Peoples (Toronto: Pearson Longman, 2009); (with James K. Hiller) Atlantic Canada: A Region in the Making (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001); George Nowlan: Maritime Conservative in National Politics (1986); (with Toni Laidlaw and Donna Smyth), No Place Like Home: The Diaries and Letters of Nova Scotia Women (1988); and (with Alvin Finkel) History of the Canadian Peoples (Toronto: Copp Clark/Addison Wesley Longman, 1993/98/ 2002). As founding member of Acadia University’s Planter Studies Centre, she has edited four publications: They Planted Well (1988), Making Adjustments (1991), Intimate Relations (1995), and (with Barry Moody) Planter Links: Community and Culture in Colonial Nova Scotia (2001). She has also edited the memoirs of Ellen Fairclough, Saturday’s Child: The Memoirs of Ellen Louks Fairclough, Canada's First Female Federal Cabinet Minister (1995), winner of the Ontario Historical Society’s Alison Prentice Award (1997). She is also the moving spirit behind the Atlantic Canada Portal, designed to support research on the Atlantic region.
As Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, Dr. Conrad explored cooperation and conflict in and among the Atlantic provinces since 1939 as a means of refocusing the current discussion on how individuals, groups, and governments in Atlantic Canada should position themselves to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Included in the many facets of her research are an investigation of the relationship between historical consciousness and notions of efficacy in the region and analysis of women’s sense of agency, identity, and power in the Atlantic Provinces. These projects will be supported by the creation of electronic networks, including aWeb-site designed to support collaborative research efforts at a distance.
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