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The Gregg Centre's faculty team includes scholars from across UNB and beyond, bound together by complementary research on war and society, and modern security forces. We are united in the view that research drives good teaching.

Core team

Retired and active members

  • David Charters, Former Director, Centre for Conflict Studies, Senior Fellow Emeritus
  • Marc Milner, Former Gregg Centre Director, Professor Emeritus in History
  • Brent Wilson, Executive Editor, New Brunswick Military Heritage Project

Wider faculty team

The Gregg Centre's faculty team includes scholars from across UNB and beyond, bound together by complementary research on war and society, and modern security forces. We are united in the view that research drives good teaching and teaching, through the development of good questions of inquiry, drives good research.

Jason Bell

Dr. Jason Bell is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at UNB Fredericton.

Jason’s current research and teaching focuses on:

  • The role of philosophy in espionage and intelligence
  • Phenomenological responses to Nazism
  • Human rights
  • Philosophical resources for the prevention of genocide
  • The philosophy of loyalty
  • Military ethics
  • Winthrop Pickard Bell, an MI6 espionage agent from the Maritimes who provided one of the earliest warnings of the Nazi danger

Cindy Brown

Dr. Cindy Brown is a Research Associate with the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) and the Executive Director of the Gregg Centre. Her research focuses on the relationship(s) between civilian and soldier and the impact of conflict on civilian non-combatants.

Her doctoral research focused on these questions in Italy during the Second World War and connects those ideas from the past into present across the twentieth century, most recently as a co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded project (with Western Ontario) called “Long-term housing outcomes of under-housed Syrian refugees” that seeks to understand the challenges faced by government assisted Syrian refugees in finding suitable housing.

Cheryl Fury

Cheryl Fury is a Professor of British and European History at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John). Her research focuses on the social history of 16th and 17th century English sailors and she is particularly interested in the impact of war on seafarers and their families. She has 3 books and numerous articles on early modern seafarers. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on the relationship between diet, disease and disorder in the early English East India Company.

She is passionate about Holocaust Education and has worked with Vera Schiff, a Holocaust survivor, on several publications.

Dr. Wendy Churchill (Early Modern Britain and its Empire; Social History of Medicine; Early Modern Atlantic World; Early Modern Women's and Gender History) received her Ph.D. in History from McMaster University in 2005.

Nancy Day

Nancy Day is the Gregg Centre Office Manager. She joined us in September, 2020 in the midst of the Pandemic, bringing 19 years of experience in the legal field. We make full use of her organizational capability as our "Chief of Staff" linking our UNB office with partners in Base Gagetown and team members in Ontario and across the globe. Nancy is central to our operational planning, project management, reporting, and budgeting in addition to being our master event organizer. To help make it all happen she coordinates and mentors our large team of student researchers.

Nancy serves as the front face of our office and encourages you to reach out to her with inquiries or to connect with members of our team.

Suzanne Hindmarch

Suzanne Hindmarch's research sits at the intersection of international relations, critical security studies, and global public health.

David Hofmann

Dr. David Hofmann is an associate 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 a senior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS), and a research fellow with the Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Research, and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity.

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, Terrorism and Political Violence, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Global Crime, and the Journal of Strategic Security.

He teaches the following courses related to war and society:

  • Social Networks (SOCI 2573)
  • Terrorism (SOCI 2575)
  • Social Network Analysis (SOCI 4573/6573)

Gregory Kennedy is Associate Professor of History and Research Director of the Institut d’études acadiennes at the Université de Moncton. He is a specialist of Acadia and New France, with a focus on social, environmental, and military history in the French Atlantic.

His first book, Something of a Peasant Paradise? Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize for the best new scholarly monograph on the Atlantic region. He is currently working on a book manuscript Lost in the Crowd:The Soldiers of the Acadian Battalion and their Post-War Transition, 1911-1921.

He is also conducting new research into the military history of the French Atlantic, notably on militias and other forms of compulsory military service in the eighteenth century. He is the principal investigator for the SSHRC funded research project Military Service, Citizenship, and Political Culture in Atlantic Canada in partnership with Lee Windsor and Elizabeth Mancke at the University of New Brunswick.

He is also the co-director of the interdisciplinary project, Repenser l’Acadie dans le monde, in collaboration with Clint Bruce of the Université Sainte-Anne. Finally, he is one of several co-researchers for the large SSHRC-funded partnership project headed by Yves Frenette at the Université Saint-Boniface called Trois siècles de migrations francophones en Amérique du Nord (1640-1940).

Sean Kennedy

Sean Kennedy is a Professor of History at UNB. He is interested in far-right political movements, political violence, policing, and civilian experiences in wartime. He is the author of Reconciling France against Democracy: The Croix de Feu, the Parti Social Francais, and French Politics, 1927-1945 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007) and The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945 (CHA/University of Toronto Press, 2011), as well as several articles and book chapters. His current research focuses upon policing the French home front during the First World War and its aftermath. His teaching includes courses on the Cold War, European Imperialism, fascism, and the history of terrorism.

Elizabeth Mancke

Dr. Elizabeth Mancke’s broad research interests address the impact of European overseas expansion on governance and political systems, from local government to international relations. She has found that the study of Atlantic Canada provides unusually rich points of analytic purchase on major issues in the modern world.

Chantal Richard

Chantal Richard: BA (UNB), MA, PhD (Moncton), Full professor

My research gravitates around various phenomena brought about by languages and cultures in contact and how cultural identity is shaped and expressed, and my interdisciplinary approach is informed by the fields of literature, linguistics, history, and the digital humanities. I have published in the areas of Acadian identity, history, media, and literature, from the Acadian Renaissance period (1860s) to contemporary novels. Of particular interest to the Gregg Centre, in the last few years, my work has come to focus more specifically on the manifestations of the collective trauma of the Deportation as observed in popular culture and literature (including nation-building discourse, choice of national symbols and iconography).

I argue in numerous papers and conferences that the Deportation and subsequent lack of a homeland have become an integral part of all Acadian cultural and creative productions. In other words, this traumatic collective event has shaped Acadian people to the point where it is considered a founding moment of Acadian identity in the absence of a territorial or political entity. On the other hand, this same absence of a geo-political identity opens the path to a more abstract ideation of a homeland and sense of belonging that is highly adaptable, lending itself to an infinite number of literary and cultural iterations and interpretations.

Courses of interest to the Gregg Centre

I teach language and literature courses within the Department of French, including:

  • FR 2184 – Francophone cultures of Canada
  • FR 3844 – Migrant literature of Québec
  • FR 4824 – Acadian literature of the 21st century
  • FR 3824 – Literature of the Acadian Renaissance

Todd Ross is Métis, 2-Spirited and a veteran. He is the Indigenous advisor at UNB Saint John and is an activist for the rights of 2SLGTBQ+ veterans.

Todd served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was released after an extensive investigation as part of Canada’s LGBT Purge. He later became one of three representative plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit on behalf of former federal civil servants who faced discrimination and harassment by the Government of Canada.

He serves as co-chair of Rainbow Veterans of Canada and as a board member on LBGT Purge Fund, a multi-million-dollar fund established as a result of the class action lawsuit for the reconciliation and memorialization efforts of the historical discrimination against 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians.

His work with Rainbow Veterans of Canada includes education and advocacy on behalf of 2SLGBTQ+ veterans. He works closely with the Department of Veteran Affairs including the new Office of Women and LGBTQ2 Veterans as well as the Royal Canadian Legion and other 2SLGBTQ+ and veteran organizations to ensure 2SLGBTQ+ veterans receive the support and recognition they deserve.

Todd has frequently appeared on media and has presented to the Organization of American States LGBTI Core Group and the House of Commons Committee on Veteran Affairs. He is a recipient of the Canada Pride Citation and The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (New Brunswick).

Alan Sears

Alan Sears is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at UNB. His scholarship focuses on the teaching and learning of history generally and its relationship to civic education. His current work examines how collective memory and commemorative spaces, objects, and ceremonies shape historical consciousness and inform civic engagement.

His most recent book, coauthored with Penney Clark, is The Arts and the Teaching of History: Historical F(r)ictions (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). A key component of that work is consideration of public commemorative art, including the commemoration of war, and its implications for the teaching and learning of history. Alan is also involved in a national study of how K-12 and university-based history teachers engage with commemoration controversies in the classroom.

Matthew Sears

Matthew Sears is a historian of ancient Greece and Rome specializing in ancient warfare, remembrance and commemoration, and battlefield topography. He regularly teaches courses that touch on many aspects of ancient warfare and society, including CLAS 3003 (Greek History), CLAS 3033 (Roman History), CLAS 3063 (Greek Warfare), and CLAS 3513 (The Trojan War).

His most recent books include Understanding Greek Warfare (Routledge, 2019) and Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece: A Guide to their History, Topography, and Archaeology (with C. Jacob Butera, Pen & Sword, 2019). He is currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press entitled Sparta and the Commemoration of War.

Academia profile

Blake Seward has been teaching in eastern Ontario for twenty-five years as well as consultant stints with Library and Archives Canada, several boards of education and the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He has written several online articles examining how teaching history has changed due to the digital age and co-wrote "Crossing Boundaries on the Battlefield: The Possibilities of Teacher Study Tours for Substantial Professional Learning" in Canadian Military History Journal. Seward has been connected with the Gregg Centre for over a decade focused on educational programming for the War and the Canadian Experience Teacher Education Program in France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Sicily. Recently, a focus on missing voices in Canada's history has led to education programs focused on Indigenous soldiers in the Great War as well as the contributions of other minorities to Canada's war efforts.

Seward is the recipient of several awards including the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Service to Canada, Veterans' Affairs Citation and Commendation, Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching History, three Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Youth Achievement, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.

Lisa Todd

Lisa Todd is Chair of the Department of History and the Department of Classics & Ancient History and teaches in the fields of Modern Germany, European History, Gender and Sexuality, and War and Society. She 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).

Lucia Tramonte

Lucia Tramonte is a Professor at the University of New Brunswick and the Co-Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP) at UNB. After completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milan, Milan, Italy, she joined the University of New Brunswick in 2005 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at CRISP.

Lee Windsor

Lee Windsor is the Fredrik S. Eaton Chair in Canadian Army Studies and an Associate Professor of History teaching in the field of modern warfare. He is responsible for UNB’s Canadian Army Studies Program in partnership with the Combat Training Centre and Tactics School at 5th Division Support Base Gagetown.

Research interests include the Canadian Armed Forces and multi-national coalition operations around the globe, from the First World War to Afghanistan, with a special interest in the Second World War in Italy.

He is a CAF veteran and serves on the Commemoration Advisory Group to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. He is part of the Gregg Centre field study team, conducting research and delivering onsite learning programs for groups of students, teachers, and soldiers at historic sites in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and in Canada. In 2007-08 he served as the historian with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battlegroup and Task Force 1-07.

Publications include Kandahar Tour: Turning Point in Canada's Afghan Mission, Steel Cavalry: The 8th New Brunswick Hussars in the Italian Campaign, The Sicily 70th Anniversary Edition of Canadian Military History, The Royal Canadian Infantry Corps in Afghanistan report, and Loyal Gunners: 3rd Field Regiment (The Loyal Company) and the History of New Brunswick’s Artillery, 1893-2012, and a range of articles and book chapters.

Thom Workman

Thom Workman’s research explores the philosophical and sociological critiques of modernity, especially as these have developed over the post-Enlightenment era. Recent research has focused on the ideological appropriation of the ancient Greek historian Thucydides in the age of American imperialism, the philosophical residues of critical thought in the postmodern era, and the absence of a critical political economy tradition in the field of Canadian studies.

PhD Student Research Assistants

  • Delaney Beck
  • Nancy Carvell
  • Ben Griffin
  • Rob Smol
  • Katelyn Stieva

MA Student Research Assistants

  • Darian Calhoun
  • Mackenzie Smith

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

  • Walter Brouwer
  • Taylor Chalker

Project collaborators and builders of our national network of associated scholars

  • Mike Bechthold
  • Whitney Lackenbauer

Partnered institutions

  • The Canadian Armed Forces
  • The Canadian Army Combat Training Centre, 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
  • Veterans Affairs Canada