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Research centres

UNB historians are involved in a wide range of research activities, as demonstrated by their affiliation with various centres and groups.

Thematic research and supervisory clusters

Historians work in teams or clusters, as well as on individual research projects.

These clusters reflect the research and graduate supervisory strengths of the historians of both UNB campuses, as well as honorary research associates from other departments and universities in the region.

Culture, belief systems and society

Faculty in this cluster explore the cultural beliefs, attitudes and assumptions from the early modern to the contemporary period.

Our interests include cultural production and reception; popular culture; beliefs about religion, magic and witchcraft; visual and material culture; cross cultural encounter and interaction; and memory.

Faculty: Cindy Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Wendy Churchill, Margaret Conrad (ret), Michael Dawson STU, Catherine Gidney STU, Jane Jenkins STU, Stefanie Kennedy, Hannah Lane MtA, Erin Morton, Janet Mullin, Richard Raiswell UPEI, Karen Robert STU, Robin Vose STU, Gary Waite, Carey Watt STU, Donald Wright (Political Science)

Gender, sexuality, medicine and the body

Historians in this cluster examine the changing notions and practices relating to gender, sexuality, the body, disease, disability, health and/or medicine from the early modern to the contemporary period.

Faculty: Jeffrey Brown, Wendy Churchill, Margaret Conrad (ret), Stefanie Kennedy, Debra Lindsay, Sasha Mullally, Lisa Todd, Gary Waite

War and society, history of warfare

Faculty in this cluster explore how wars are planned and fought, how conflict affects class, military culture, gender and ethnic relations and how wars are remembered and memorialized.

Faculty: Cindy Brown, Wendy Churchill, Sarah-Jane Corke, Bonnie Huskins, Sean Kennedy, Marc Milner, Lisa Todd, Julia Torrie STU, Brent Wilson, Lee Windsor

Environmental history

The history of humans in the physical environment is an essential component of history in general. Historians in this cluster are exploring how people in the past have conceived of and treated their environment.

Faculty: Bradley Cross STU, Elizabeth Mancke, William Parenteau

Indigenous history

Historians in this cluster explore settler-indigenous history and indigeneity in local, national and transnational contexts, including Canadian First Nations, the indigenous people of the Caribbean and the indigenous histories of the Americas in a comparative perspective.

Faculty: Stephen Dutcher, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Erin Morton, William Parenteau

Ethnicity, race and nationalism

How religious, ethnic, racialized and national groups were defined, conceived and treated is an important aspect of our research and teaching, from the rise of anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages to the racialization of slavery in the seventeenth century to the genocides of the 20th century.

Faculty: Jeffrey Brown, Wendy Churchill, Bonnie Huskins, Sean Kennedy, Stefanie Kennedy, Erin Morton, Lisa Todd, Gary Waite, Carey Watt STU

Atlantic world

Historians are now pursuing exciting new research on the interaction between Africa, Europe and the Americas in the Atlantic World, including exploration, colonization, slavery, European conquest and indigenous responses and resistance to conquest, transportation, trade and commerce, the exchange and transformation of ideas, disease, technologies, peoples, animals and plants and the broader impact of such movements.

Faculty: Wendy Churchill, Margaret Conrad (ret), Bonnie Huskins, Gregory Kennedy UdM, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Sasha Mullally, John Reid SMU

International relations

Scholars in this cluster explore international interactions of various kinds, ranging in focus from nation states to various international organizations, considering culture and society as well as politics.

Faculty: Cindy Brown, Sarah-Jane Corke, Bradley Cross STU, Sean Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Marc Milner, Bill Parenteau, Lisa Todd, Julia Torrie STU, Lee Windsor

Transnational history, borderlands, colonialism, diasporas

While historians in this cluster remain specialists in a particular region, they also enter into denationalized conversations about the overlapping histories and movements of peoples across borders, whether voluntary or forced (refugees, exile).

Faculty: Funké Aladejebi, Cindy Brown, Wendy Churchill, Sarah-Jane Corke, Bonnie Huskins, Gregory Kennedy UdM, Sean Kennedy, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Sasha Mullally, William Parenteau, John Reid SMU, Karen Robert STU, Lisa Todd, Gary Waite, Carey Watt STU

Politics, resistance and culture

Michel Foucault wrote that, “Where there is power, there is resistance.”

The research of historians in this cluster involves struggles for power, the formation and evolution of institutions, the economic and cultural dimensions of political power and the various ways in which people have resisted power structures at different times in history.

Faculty: Funké Aladejebi, Michael Boudreau STU, Cindy Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Margaret Conrad (ret), Sarah-Jane Corke, Bradley Cross STU, Bonnie Huskins, Sean Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Marc Milner, Erin Morton, Janet Mullin, Bill Parenteau, Karen Robert STU, Lisa Todd, Julia Torrie STU, Donald Wright (Political Science)

Digital humanities

H-GIS: Sasha Mullally

Digital databases: Elizabeth Mancke, Erin Morton, Stefanie Kennedy

Oral history/digital storytelling: Sasha Mullally

History education

Scholars in this cluster cooperate with colleagues in the Faculty of Education to enhance pedagogical approaches to the subject of history at all levels.

Faculty: Funké Aladejebi, Cindy Brown, Michael Dawson STU, Catherine Gidney STU, Lee Windsor

STU = St Thomas University
UdM = Université de Moncton
UPEI = University of Prince Edward Island
MtA = Mount Allison University
SMU = Saint Mary’s University
ret = retired

Faculty by temporal period

Medieval/Early Modern: Wendy Churchill, Stephen Dutcher, Bonnie Huskins, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Janet Mullin, Gary Waite

Modern: Funké Aladejebi, Cindy Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Sarah-Jane Corke, Stephen Dutcher, Sean Kennedy, Stefanie Kennedy, Marc Milner, Sasha Mullally, William Parenteau, Lisa Todd, Brent Wilson, Lee Windsor

Faculty by geographical region

Canada: Funké Aladejebi, Stephen Dutcher, Bonnie Huskins, Elizabeth Mancke, Marc Milner, Erin Morton, Sasha Mullally, William Parenteau, Brent Wilson, Lee Windsor

America: Jeffrey Brown, Sarah-Jane Corke, Stephen Dutcher, Bonnie Huskins, Elizabeth Mancke, Erin Morton, Sasha Mullally, William Parenteau

Europe: Cindy Brown, Sean Kennedy, Marc Milner, Lisa Todd, Gary Waite, Lee Windsor

Britain: Wendy Churchill, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Marc Milner, Janet Mullin, Gary Waite

The Atlantic: Wendy Churchill, Bonnie Huskins, Stefanie Kennedy, Elizabeth Mancke, Marc Milner

Global South: Funké Aladejebi (Caribbean & Sub-Saharan Africa), Stefanie Kennedy (Caribbean & Sub-Saharan Africa), Lisa Todd (Southern Africa), Lee Windsor (South Asia)