Dr. Cindy Brown
Dr. Cindy Brown is the Executive Director of the Gregg Centre.
She holds a BA (Honours History) and an MA (History) from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD from Western University. In addition to teaching on Gregg Centre study abroad programs like UNB's The Second World War in Italy and War and the Canadian Experience: Teachers' Tour of France and Flanders, Brown is an instructor and advisor with the Faculty of Arts and the Department of History.
Her current research focuses on the impact of war on the people who live in the battlefield, particularly in Italy. She is working on a book on Allied and German policy toward civilians in the Italian campaign to consider how that policy changed over time and how the interaction between civilian and soldier caused the policy of the two armies to evolve.
She was co-editor of the Canadian Military History Special Sicily Edition (July 2013) in which her article, "'To Bury the Dead and Feed the Living': Allied Military Government in Sicily, 1943" was published. Her book Monte Cassino and Monte Sole: The Allies, the Germans, and the Italians Caught in Between is forthcoming from UBC Press.
Katherine Charette, Visiting Affiliate in History Education
Katherine Charette is a Visiting Fellow in History Education at the Gregg Centre. She is a SSHRC-funded scholar currently pursuing a Ph. D. in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, researching helpful and hindering factors in elementary history teaching.
She holds a BA in French and Early Modern Studies from the University of King's College, a BEd in Elementary Education and French from St. Thomas University, and an MEd in Curriculum Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Her areas of research include historical thinking across the K-12 grades, teacher education and preparedness to do history in the classroom, and imaginative history teaching.
She is also a Social Studies Methods instructor in the Bachelor of Education Program at UNB, and manages the Teacher's Network for the Study of War and the Canadian Experience.
Dr. David Charters, Senior Affiliate
Dr. David Charters is one of Canada's foremost authorities on modern warfare, with particular expertise in the study of terrorism, countering terrorism, insurgency, counter-insurgency, and intelligence. Thus, his range of expertise goes to the heart of the Gregg Centre's mandate. He has taught, researched and published in the field for more than thirty years.
Dr. Charters was a co-founder of UNB's Centre for Conflict Studies, the predecessor of the Gregg Centre, and served as its director from 1986 to 2005. In addition to his academic teaching, he has served as a consultant to government and the media and has lectured frequently to professional audiences in the military, police and intelligence communities. From 2005 through 2008 Dr. Charters served on the federal government's Advisory Council on National Security.
His major publications include:
- The British Army and Jewish Insurgency in Palestine, 1945-47 (Macmillan 1989) (author)
- The Deadly Sin of Terrorism (Greenwood, 1994) (editor); After 9/11: Terrorism and Crime in a Globalised World (Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2005) (co-editor and contributing author)
- Kandahar Tour: Turning Point in Canada's Afghan Mission (John Wiley & Sons 2008) (co-author)
Telephone: (506) 458-7740, David Charters
Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She teaches and supervises fields in 20th Century US history, the history of US foreign relations and the history of the CIA. Dr. Corke holds a PhD from UNB and an MA from the University of Guelph. Prior to coming to UNB in 2018 she taught at Dalhousie University as a tenured faculty member for 18 years. At the present time Dr. Corke is serving as the President of the North American Society for Intelligence History, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of intelligence that she founded with Mark Stout in 2016.
Dr. Corke's first book, US Covert Operations and Cold War Strategy: Truman, Secret Warfare and the CIA, 1945-1953 was published by Routledge in 2008. She is currently working on a biography of John Paton and Patricia Grady Davies. Dr. Corke has also published articles in Intelligence and National Security, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Conflict Studies Journal.
Dr. Cheryl Fury
Cheryl Fury holds a B.A. (Honours History & English) and an M.A. from the University of New Brunswick. She received her Ph.D. from McMaster University and held the Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Research Fellowship in Maritime History from the John Carter Brown Library. She currently teaches European History at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) where she has won a number of teaching awards.
Her research focuses on the social history of the Tudor-Stuart maritime community. She has published a book, Tides in the Affairs of Men: The Social History of Elizabethan Seamen 1580-1603, as well as several articles and reviews in leading journals in print and on-line. She has also contributed entries and essays to a wide range of historical encyclopedias including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, winner of the Dartmouth Medal. In addition, she is currently on the Editorial Board of The Northern Mariner, the official publication of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, and serves as a referee for a number of publishers. She is the editor and contributor to The Social History of English Seamen vol. I and vol. II which are forthcoming. She is currently researching the early voyages of the English East India Company.
Dr. Sarah Glassford
Dr. Sarah Glassford, BA Hons., MA (Western Ontario), PhD (York) is an award-winning teacher and scholar of post-Confederation Canadian social history. She followed her doctorate with a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa’s Nursing History Research Unit, and has subsequently taught at the University of Ottawa (where her work was recognized with a Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teaching Award), Carleton University, and the University of Prince Edward Island. She is pleased to be a fellow of the Gregg Centre and to join the UNB History Department for the 2015-16 academic year. Her teaching reflects her research interests, embracing the broad sweep of Canadian history but particularly focused on 19th and 20th century social and cultural history, war and society, women's history, children's history, the history of medicine, and the work of voluntary and humanitarian organizations in Canada and abroad.
Dr. Glassford’s published work includes the edited collection A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War (UBC Press, 2012), the 2009 Hilda Neatby prize-winning article “‘The Greatest Mother of Them All’: Carework and the Discourse of Mothering in the Canadian Red Cross Society during the First World War” in the Journal of the History of the Association for Research on Mothering, and 2014’s “Practical Patriotism: How the Canadian Junior Red Cross and Its Child Members Met the Challenge of the Second World War,” in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2016, as From Battlefields to Blood: The Canadian Red Cross Society, 1885-1970, and her current research looks at the voluntary work of rural PEI women during the First World War. Dr. Glassford loves literature as much as she loves history, and tries to combine the two when she can, for instance in her forthcoming article on the depiction of women’s First World War voluntary work in L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside, and her historical fiction short story “At War” in Snow Softly Falling: Holiday Fiction from Prince Edward Island (Acorn Press, 2015).
Dr. David Hofmann
Dr. David Hofmann is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology. He holds a BA (Honours History) from the University of Western Ontario, an M.Sc. (Criminology) from the Université de Montréal, and a Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Waterloo. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Canadian Graduate Journal of Criminology and Sociology, and is a senior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS).
Dr. Hofmann’s current research interests are focused on five broad areas: terrorism and political violence, charismatic leadership, right-wing extremism, apocalyptical and millenarian groups, and criminal & illicit networks. He is a mixed methodologist, with a particular interest in social network analysis. His most recent work has focused on leadership in terrorist and criminal organizations, and has been published in scholarly journals such as Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Global Crime, and the Journal of Strategic Security.
Sarah King, Citizenship and Community Education Affiliate
Sarah King is a SSHRC-funded PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Her doctoral research explores how universities in Atlantic Canada engage their students in democratic action in their communities using conversational methods and appreciative inquiry. Looking at programs at 3 Atlantic Canadian universities, she examines pedagogical and administrative practices that support the development of civic behaviours.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in education from York University, where her research examined how narratives about female Holocaust resisters could support anti-bullying initiatives aimed at young women in middle school. She also has a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from UNB’s Renaissance College (an interdisciplinary leadership studies program) where she also works as a part time instructor.
In 2013, Sarah participated in the teacher’s tour for War and the Canadian experience in France & Flanders, and has volunteered with the Gregg Centre ever since. In particular, she was involved in the creation of the Teacher’s Network for the Study of War & the Canadian Experience, and has participated in the planning of the UNB Remembrance ceremony. As the Citizenship & Community Education fellow at the Gregg Centre, she will work with the Syrian refugee support network to help engage the UNB and local communities with newcomer Canadians.
Dr. Marc Milner is best known for his books on the Canadian navy and on the Battle of the Atlantic, starting with North Atlantic Run in 1985, and most recently Battle of the Atlantic (2003 & 2005) which won the CP Stacey Prize. He has also edited several volumes, has published widely in scholarly journals, and writes a regular column on naval history for Legion Magazine.
From 1983 to 1986 Milner was an historian with the Directorate of History, NDHQ, Ottawa, where he worked on volume II of the RCAF's official History, and the new official history of the Royal Canadian Navy.
In 1986, Milner joined the History Department at UNB and from then until 2005 was Director of UNB's Military and Strategic Studies Programme. He has served as Chairman of the Canadian Military Colleges Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors of the Canadian Forces College, has edited the journal Canadian Military History, seen over fifty graduate students to completion, and conducted study tours of European battlefields on behalf of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation and the Canadian Armed Forces. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada, and was Director of The Gregg Centre from 2006 to 2019.
Dr. Milner's current research projects focus on the Normandy campaign of 1944. In addition to a volume for the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project book series titled From D-Day to Carpiquet: The North Shore Regiment at War, June-July 1944, his 2010 article in the Journal of Military History, “Stopping the Panzers,” won the Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History. His next book builds on that article, and a major long-term academic project titled "Normandy 1944: The Struggle for Meaning and Legacy" is underway which seeks to deconstruct existing assumptions about the campaign and create a new paradigm for understanding it.
Telephone: (506) 458-7428, Marc Milner
Dr. Alan Sears
Dr. Alan Sears is a Professor of Social Studies Education in the Faculty of Education at UNB. He has been a social studies teacher for more than 30 years working at all levels from primary to graduate school. In the Faculty of Education at UNB Alan teaches undergraduate courses in teaching methods, social studies education, and international education and graduate courses in research methods and educational policy. He also regularly supervises PhD and MEd students.
Alan’s research and writing have been in the fields of social studies, citizenship education, and history education. He has authored more than 50 articles and book chapters and as well as authoring and editing both academic books and school textbooks. Alan has been Associate Editor of the journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning since 2008 and in January 2014 will begin a term as editor. Some of his recent publications include the books Globalization, the Nation-State and the Citizen: Dilemmas and Directions for Civics and Citizenship Education (co-editor) and Education, Politics and Religion: Reconciling the Civic and the Sacred in Education (coauthor) both published by Routledge.
Alan’s has a long-term research program focused on describing how teachers and students understand key ideas related to democratic citizenship and, as part of that, is currently co-investigator of a national study looking at how children and teachers understand ethnic diversity. More recently, Alan’s research has included work on the connections between history and citizenship education, the process of history teacher education, and the relationship between religion and education.
In 2011 Alan began a collaboration with colleagues in the Gregg Centre to develop a graduate course in education focused on the teaching of Canadian history and centred on the Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour. That course was first offered in the summer in the summer of 2012 and is now a regular part of the tour.
Dr. Matthew Sears
Dr. Matthew Sears is an assistant professor of Classics and Ancient History at UNB, a position he took up in July, 2013. Prior to coming to UNB, he taught for two years at Wabash College, a liberal arts college in Indiana. He is broadly interested in ancient Greek politics, society, and culture; cross-cultural contact in the ancient Mediterranean; ancient historiography; and the history of classical warfare. His doctoral work focused on the inter-state and cross-cultural relationship between Athens and Thrace (a region on the northern periphery of the Greek world), particularly the experiences of a number of prominent Athenian military leaders. His book on this topic, Athens, Thrace, and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership, has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Currently, Sears is working on two book projects. The first explores the importance of the Spartan general Brasidas' campaign in Thrace during the Peloponnesian War. Brasidas inaugurated what we might call the "Spartan tradition of imperialism," the central idea of which is that it is a moral good to force peoples and states to be free, even by military means. Such ideas have continued on to the present day where they are routinely dismissed as mere hypocrisy. For Brasidas and the Spartans in the fifth-century BCE, however, there was no practical or philosophical contradiction in liberation even against the will of the liberated. The other book, tentatively titled Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece: A Guide to their History, Topography, and Archaeology, is being co-written by Jake Butera of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and is under contract with Pen & Sword books. This book, a traveller’s guide, will include historical overviews, site descriptions, and detailed guides to further reading for twenty of Greece’s most important and evocative ancient battles.
Sears has published articles and presented papers on many aspects of ancient warfare, including the depiction of elite troops in the Iliad, the diplomatic techniques employed by the Persians during their invasion of Greece, and Thucydides’ literary treatment of an important battle during the Peloponnesian War. A highlight of his teaching career was the detailed mock ancient battle he organized at Wabash College, which yielded a surprising number of insights not afforded by literary evidence alone.
Sears received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Cornell University under the direction of the military historian Barry Strauss. He was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens during academic year 2007-2008, and earned his BA in 2004 from the University of New Brunswick, with honours in Classics and a minor in History.
Blake Seward, MEd
For over a decade, Blake Seward has been a team leader for teacher professional development study tours in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands through the War and the Canadian Experience program.
Blake has a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from Trent University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Mount Allison University, and a Masters of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick. His educational interests include the processes for teacher professional development as well as concepts for historical thinking as part of daily teaching.
In 2001 Blake worked at Library and Archives Canada where he developed the Lest We Forget Project; this award-winning education program examines the personnel service files from the Great War and the Second World War. This program continues to support the primary research work of thousands of Canadian students. From 2012-14 Blake was the Education Editor for the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies. Blake has conducted numerous education workshops across Canada focusing on student engagement. Blake is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History, the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award and several other awards for education programs he has initiated.
Publications: "Crossing Boundaries on the Battlefield: The Possibilities of Teacher Study Tours for Substantial Professional Learning," in Canadian Military History, Volume 22 (1), 2013 (Co-written with Professors Cindy Brown, Alan Sears and Lee Windsor).
Dr. Lisa Todd
Lisa Todd is Director of the Network for the Study of Civilians, Soldiers, and Society, and an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She teaches and supervises in the fields of Modern Germany, European History, War and Society, and Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Todd holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto (2005), an MA in Modern History from Royal Holloway College, University of London (1998) and a BA (History Honours, Comparative Literature Major, German Minor) from the University of New Brunswick (1997).
Dr. Todd’s first book, Sexual Treason in Germany during the First World War (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017) examines sexual relationships between soldiers and civilians in Germany and Occupied Europe, 1914-1920. Her other publications include: “Shameful and Dangerous Women: Sexual Promiscuity in World War I Germany,” in Not Straight from Germany: Sexual Publics and Sexual Citizenship since Magnus Hirschfeld, edited by Michael Thomas Taylor, Annette F. Timm and Rainer Herrn (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017); “The Hun and the Home: Gender, Sexuality, and Propaganda in First World War Europe,” in World War I and Propaganda, edited by Troy Paddock (Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2014); and “The Soldier's Wife Who Ran Away with the Russian: Sexual Infidelities in World War I Germany,” Central European History 44, no. 2 (2011).
Dr. Todd's current SSHRC-funded research project, "Racial Citizenship: Miscegenation, Scientific Authority, and the Creation of Intimate 'Others' in Modern Germany, 1880-1950" examines the anthropological interest in "mixed race" sexual relationships from the coloial period in southern Africa, to the end of the Third Reich. She is especially interested in how the ruptures of war, mass violence and death (the Herero Genocide, the First World War, the Second World War, and the Holocaust) impacted scientific, bureaucratic and popular perceptions of miscegenation."
Brent Wilson has worked at the Centre for Conflict Studies/Gregg Centre since 1989. He has also taught over forty courses in military history in UNB's Department of History and for RMC's Department of Continuing Education at CFB Gagetown. He has conducted numerous battlefield tours in Belgium, France, Canada, and the United States with the Gregg Centre, Canadian Battlefield Foundation, Security and Defence Forum, Tactics School at the Combat Training Centre, and commercial tour groups. Recently, he has been assisting in the development of the New Brunswick Military History Museum at CFB Gagetown and the commemoration of the War of 1812 as a member of the New Brunswick War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee.
He has researched and written in the fields of contemporary international terrorism and the civil-military dimensions of peacekeeping operations. He contributed a chapter on the US response to international terrorism in The Deadly Sin of Terrorism, David Charters, ed., (Greenwood, 1994); and was co-editor of Military History and the Military Profession (Praeger, 1992).
He has also conducted extensive research on the early history of the British Army's experience with counter-insurgency warfare and the role of the New Brunswick militia in the early development of the Canadian Army. He is presently writing a history of the 26th (New Brunswick) Battalion during the First World War.
Among his publications are Hurricane Pilot: The Wartime Letters of W. O. Harry Gill, D.F.M., 1940-1943, Vol. 10 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project's book series, as well as a co-author on Kandahar Tour: Turning Point in Canada's Afghan Mission (John Wiley & Sons 2008).
Dr. Lee Windsor, Eaton Chair
Lee Windsor is the Eaton Chair in Canadian Army Studies.
He has a BA(H) from Acadia University, an MA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a PhD from the University of New Brunswick. He teaches in the field of modern war, specializing in the Canadian Army experience. He is a former member of the West Nova Scotia Regiment and the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s).
His Gregg Centre duties today include facilitating Canadian Forces professional development and education through the Army’s Combat Training Centre at nearby CFB Gagetown. His current research projects centre on Canada’s role in two world wars as well as on post-war overseas commitments from the Sinai to Afghanistan. On behalf of UNB and the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, he regularly guides groups of students, soldiers and the general public on study tours to battlefields in Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. His publications include Kandahar Tour: Turning Point in Canada's Afghan Mission, Steel Cavalry: The 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars and the Italian Campaign, as well as a series of book chapters, articles and government reports.
Telephone: (506) 453- 4911, Lee Windsor
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Phone: (506) 453-4587
Dr. Mike Bechthold
Dr. Mike Bechthold is an historian of the First and Second World Wars and an air power specialist. He holds a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales, Canberra, and an MA & Honours BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. For 22 years Mike worked as the Communications Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and the Managing Editor of Canadian Military History, an academic quarterly journal. In these roles he ran the day-to-day operations of Canada’s premier military history journal as well as the Centre’s publications program, an annual military history conference (100-160 participants), a monthly speakers’ series and various other programs.
Since 1999 Mike has led dozens of groups of undergraduate and graduate students, high school teachers and military officers on European battlefield excursions. These study tours explore the First and Second World Wars from different perspectives including operational history, the impact on civilians, and the memory and memorialisation of war. Mike is a skilled graphic designer and an accomplished cartographer. His maps have been published in hundreds of books, articles, museum displays, and websites for Canadian and international clients such as Ballantine Books, Penguin, University of Toronto Press, Stackpole Books, the Canadian War Museum, Parks Canada, the Laurier Military Centre, and the Juno Beach Centre (France). Many of his maps are found in Gregg Centre publications.
Mike is the author or editor of eight books and has published numerous articles. His areas of specialization include military air power (especially tactical air operations in the First and Second World Wars), the Canadian army in Normandy and Northwest Europe, and the Canadian Corps in the Great War. Mike currently teaches history part time at Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College and works full time at WLU Press as their production coordinator where he is responsible for overseeing the publication of 40+ academic monographs and four journals a year.
Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a Professor in the department of history and co-director of the Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo. He was the 2017-18 Killam Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary in fall 2017, and is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Canadian Forces College in Toronto in winter/spring 2018. Whitney also is Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which encompasses patrols throughout Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
Whitney’s recent books include China’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada (co-authored 2018); Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Operations, 1945-2015: Historical and Contemporary Lessons Learned (co-edited, Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, 2017); Roots of Entanglement: Essays in Native-Newcomer Relations (co-edited 2017); Two Years Below the Horn: A Canadian’s Experiences in Antarctica, 1944-46 (co-edited 2017); The Networked North: Borders and Borderlands in the Canadian Arctic Region (co-edited 2017); One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance (co-edited 2017); Whole of Government through an Arctic Lens (co-edited 2017); and (Re)Conceptualizing Arctic Security: Selected Articles from the Journal of Military and Security Studies (co-edited 2017). Previous books include The Canadian Rangers: A Living History, 1942-2012 (2013); Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship (co-authored 2011); and Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (co-authored 2008, winner of the 2009 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy). Whitney is also co-editor of the Documents on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security (DCASS) series, to which he has contributed ten volumes.
Whitney's research focuses on Arctic policy, sovereignty, security, and governance issues; modern Canadian and circumpolar history; military history and contemporary defence policy; and indigenous-state relations in Canada. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Glenn Leonard
Glenn Leonard joined UNB’s Faculty of Business Administration in 2006 as an Assistant Professor in the Accounting area. He has taught in the faculty since 2000 on all areas of accounting, corporate finance, organization design and competitive strategy, and financial statement analysis. He also teaches Balkan history in UNB’s History Department.
He is the co-author (with Marc Milner) of New Brunswick and the Navy, Four Hundred Years, and has several papers and conference proceedings to his credit, including two recent presentations on accounting and the British Army.
He was awarded Professor of the Year in 2007 by the FBA Undergraduate Business Society and has been nominated for the Allan P. Stuart award for Excellence in Teaching. Glenn is a professional accountant (CA) and has over 20 years experience in business. He has held managerial positions with Leonard Corporation, Ash, Casey and Thornton Chartered Accountants and Theatre New Brunswick. He has also served as the Vice Chair-Finance for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
Dr. Sean Kennedy joined the UNB History Department in 1999; he holds a Ph.D. from York University. His research interests include the rise of ultra-nationalism in France during the 1930s and 1940s and international relations history. His latest project concerns militarization in the French Fifth Republic.
Dr. Thom Workman joined UNB's Department of Political Science in 1994. His research interests include modern political theory, leadership, international development and conflict studies.
Graduate student internships
The Gregg Centre offers opportunities for graduate student funding and work experience as Interns within our team. Positions include event coordination, communications, publications editing, and archive management.