Michael Dawson is the Associate Vice-President (Research) at St. Thomas University. His key priorities in this position include working closely with faculty in the university’s social science, humanities and professional programs to develop successful external funding applications, enhancing student involvement in research projects, and assisting faculty in disseminating their findings as widely as possible.
A former Chair of STU’s History Department, Dr. Dawson’s research interests focus primarily on the intersection of consumerism, popular culture and national, regional and imperial identities. He is the author of The Mountie from Dime Novel to Disney (1998), Selling British Columbia: Tourism and Consumer Culture, 1890-1970 (2004) and co-editor of Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History (2009), Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror (2015) and A Canadian Girl in South Africa: A Teacher’s Experiences in the South African War, 1899-1902 (2015). In 2014 he was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
His latest book, Selling Out or Buying In? Debating Consumerism in Vancouver and Victoria, 1945-1985 will be published by University of Toronto Press in 2018. Along with Catherine Gidney (STU) and Donald Wright (UNB) he is coordinating the "Symbols of Canada" outreach initiative which is designed to encourage Canadians to critically examine many of their country’s most recognizable symbols.