Sasha Mullally

Dr. Sasha Mullally, Associate Professor, Department of History University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

Sasha Mullally holds a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto, where she studied Canadian and American history with a specialization in the social history of medicine and health.  Dr. Mullally teaches a variety of courses and supervises graduate students in the following fields: the history of medicine and health care, Canadian social history, women’s history, the history of the Atlantic region and digital history.  She is currently President of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (2015-17) and is Co-Editor, with Andrew Nurse, of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region.

Dr. Mullally has held positions as Visiting Professor (2015) at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, and was a Research Associate (2015) at the Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center at Mount Holyoke, MA. Previous to this, she was Visiting Professor (2009) at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, during which time she held a Long-term Fellowship grant from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC). Prior to joining the Faculty at the University of New Brunswick in 2009, she was Co-Director of the History of Medicine Program at the University of Alberta (2008-2009), cross-appointed between the Faculty of Arts (History and Classics) and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (Division of Studies in Medical Education). 

Research Program: A Social History of "Country Doctors"

Dr. Mullally’s research explores the social and cultural histories of health and medicine in 19th and 20th century North America. Her first book examines the social transformation of rural health in the North American northeast from 1900 to 1950.  Through a critical analysis of rural medical life-writing, it describes the social impact of the shift away from home-based medicine to health care centralized in clinics and hospitals.   This project also considers the regional and transborder movement of medical doctors, and offers a comparative framework for understanding key changes in rural health care, a framework inspired by new research in the history of North American borders and borderlands.

Entitled “Unpacking the Black Bag: Country Doctor Stories from the Maritimes and Northern New England, 1900-1950,” it is currently under contract with the University of Toronto Press.

Ongoing and New Research Projects: Migration, Health Care, and "Therapeutic Craft"

Dr. Mullally is Co-Investigator on a history of Medical Diasporas in Canada.  With Dr David Wright (Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University), the project is funded by SSHRC and the former Hannah Foundation of Toronto.  With Dr. Wright, she is producing a book that examines the transnational history of physician migration in the second half of the twentieth century, looking 'outward' from Canada.

In recent years, she has begun a new research project that examines the history of “therapeutic craft” and creative work in the early years of North American occupational therapy. With a project grant from Associated Medical Services (AMS) of Toronto, she is developing a project that examines early 20th century occupational therapy programs that utilized creative work as a form of physical, mental and spiritual rehabilitation.

Recent Scholarship

Recent Publications

[first author] with David Wright, “Connecting to Canada: Experiences of the South Asian Medical Diaspora during the 1960s and 1970s," Doctors beyond Borders: The Transnational Migration of Physicians in the Twentieth Century, Monnais and Wright, eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016), 230-256.

[second author] with David Wright, “'Not everyone can be a Gandhi': South-Asian-Trained Doctors Immigrating to Canada, c. 1961-71,” Ethnicity and Health 21, 4(2016): 340-353.

“Seeing Beyond the Frontier: Maine Borders, the Borderland and American History,” Maine History 47.1 (2013), pp. 5-10.

 “Democratizing the Past?: Canada’s History on the World Wide Web,” Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays on Canadian Public History eds., Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins (University of Toronto Press, 2012): 235-264.

“Policing Practitioners on the Periphery: Elite Physicians and Profession-Building in a Bicultural Province, 1920–1939,” Medicine in the Remote and Rural North, 1800-2000, eds. Jim Connor and Stephan Curtis (London: Chatto and Pickering, 2011), pp. 153-68.

with David Wright and Colleen Cordukes, “‘Worse than Being Married’: The Exodus of British Doctors from the National Health Service to Canada, c. 1955-1975,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 65, 4(2010): 546-575.

with Margaret Conrad, “Women, History, and the New Information and Communications Technology,” Atlantis 34, 2(2010): 43-54.

“Finding Place in The Big-Little World of Doc Pritham: Telling Medical Tales about Northwoods Maine, 1920s-1970s,” Locating Health: Historical and Anthropological Investigations of Place and Health, eds., Erika Dyck and Christopher Fletcher (London: Chatto and Pickering, 2010), pp. 43-55.

“Between Community and State: Phyllis Lyttle and public health nursing in Cape Breton, 1937-1947,” Acadiensis 38, 2(Fall, 2009): 98-115. (Republished in Making Up the State: Women and the State in Atlantic Canada eds., S. Morton and J. Guildford. Fredericton: Acadiensis Press 2010.)

“Canadian Medical Life-Writing and the Historical Imagination: Unpacking a Cape Breton Country Doctor’s Black Bag,” in Figuring the Social: Essays in Honour of Michael Bliss, eds., Elspeth Heaman, Alison Li and Shelley McKellar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), 435-469.

with David Wright, “La Grande Séduction?: The Immigration of Foreign-Trained Physicians to Canada, c. 1954-76,” Journal of Canadian Studies 41, 3(2007): 67-89.

Recent Invited and Public Lectures

“‘To Inoculate with the bacillus of work’: George Barton and the Making of Occupational Therapy, 1914-1923,” Keynote Address, University of Maine-UNB Graduate History Conference, University of Maine (28/10/16)

“Crafted for What Purpose; Produced for What End?: Early Occupational Therapy, 1900-1930,” Presidential Keynote Address, Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, University of Calgary (28/5/16)

Memory, Immigration and Medicare: Foreign-Trained Physicians in Rural and Remote Canada, 1960-1975,” Keynote Address, Conference on “Medicine and Migration,” University of Aberdeen and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS (8-9/11/13)

"The Search for 'Some Nice Place': Immigrant Physicians in Remote Industrial Canadian Towns, 1965-1980," Northern Ontario School of Medicine (January 21, 2013).

"The Politics of Memory: Foreign-Trained Physicians in Industrial Towns, 1960-1975," Colloquium on Health Immigration, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University (September 21-23, 2012)

The Poetics and Heroics of Rural Medicine: Placing Country Doctors in a Golden Age of Medicine, 1920s-1950s,” Niged Rusted Lecture in Medical Humanities (Medical Grand Rounds, Division of Biomedical Sciences), Memorial University of Newfoundland (November 16, 2012).

"The Poetics and Heroics of Rural Medicine: Placing Country Doctors in a Golden Age of Medicine, 1920s-1950s,"  Canadian-American Studies Lecture Series, University of Maine (October 21-22, 2011).

Select Refereed Conference/Colloquium Papers

“Competing Narratives: Clinician Histories of Occupational Therapy, 1968-2004,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (12-15/11/15)

“Beneficial Disaporas: South Asian Physicians in rural and remote Canadian towns, 1960-1975,” Healthcare: Supply and Demand in Prehistory and History, Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (06-08/05/15)

“Sisterhood Economics: Radical Craftmaking and Socialist Women Religious in Depression Era Canada,” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (14/01/15)

“Crafting a Healthy ‘Middle Way’: The Sisters of Saint Martha and Craft revivalism in the Antigonish Movement, 1935-43,” Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, University of New Brunswick (01/05-03/05/14)

“Coming into Contact with Therapeutic Craft Arts and Craft Revival, Rural Uplift, and Health Professionals in Canada and the United States, 1920-1950,” Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, University of Victoria-Wellington (06-09/12/11)

“Weaving a Legacy of Health: Dr. Mary Phylinda Dole as the Doctor in Homespun of western Massachusetts, 1920s-1940s,” Social Science History Association, Boston MA (17-20/11/11)

“Teaching Borderlands History,” Roundtable Participant, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, University of New Brunswick/St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB (01/06/11)

Other Publications and Presentations 

Visualizing the Past: Mapping, GIS and Teaching Historical Consciousness at UNB,” ActiveHistory.org blog post, July 13, 2016. Available online at: http://activehistory.ca/2016/07/visualizing-the-past-mapping-gis-and-teaching-historical-consciousness/

“Confederation at the Margins: Why Prince Edward Island Matters,” The Guardian [Charlottetown], November 14, 2014.

An interview with Dr. Mullally about her book, “Unpacking the Black Bag,” is available as June 2011 interview on the radio program Skeptically Speaking with Desiree Shell: http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episodes/117-rural-medicine

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