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The Canadian History of Education Association / Association canadienne d’histoire de l’éducation
brings together scholars, students, educators, teacher educators, and community-based researchers to study the educational past in Canada and abroad. CHEA/ACHÉ understands the history of education to include, but not be limited to, formal and informal settings for teaching and learning (e.g. curricula and pedagogy, as well as community groups), social and cultural approaches to education (i.e. from religious organizations to the arts), the study of children and youth (e.g. youth clubs, popular culture), as well as policy and governance of schooling (i.e. from leader biographies to policy document analysis).


As an established and lively academic association, CHEA/ACHÉ thus offers a network of interdisciplinary and international scholars committed to critical dialogue on various aspects of schooling history. To support this critical dialogue, we organize a biennial meeting/conference held at different locations across the country and many of the contributions are published in our peer-reviewed partner journal Historical Studies in Education. We also stimulate online discussion about the new and exciting aspects of education history research and politics through our online and social media presence.



The Executive Committee 2016-2018

President: Catherine Gidney (St. Thomas University)
Adjunct Research Professor, Department of History
Twitter: @GidneyCatherine
Catherine Gidney’s research focuses on the intersection of the history of education and other fields such as youth culture, nutrition, commercialism, physical education, moral education, psychology and student mental health. She is most recently the author of Tending the Student Body: Youth, Health and the Modern University (University of Toronto Press, 2015). Her current projects examine the politics of school commercialism and the transformation of educators’ approaches to children’s emotional development. In 2016 she was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Vice President: Alan Sears (University of New Brunswick)
Professor, Faculty of Education
Alan Sears’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of several fields: citizenship education, history education, and the history of education. His most recent book, an international collaboration with authors from around the world, Education, Globalization and the Nation (Palgrave) was published in 2016. He is currently editor of the journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning.
Past President: Kristina R. Llewellyn (Renison University College, University of Waterloo)
Associate Professor, Social Development Studies (Education)
Renison University College, University of Waterloo
Twitter: @krllewellyn
Kristina R. Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Social Development Studies (Education Specialization) at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. She is the author of Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers (MQUP, 2012), co-editor of The Canadian Oral History Reader (MQUP, 2015), and co-editor of Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices (Palgrave, In Press). Kristina was recently honoured as one of Education’s 100 by UBC and awarded the Marion Dewar Prize. Her areas of research and teaching include educational history, gender equity, citizenship education, and oral history education.
Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Dawson (St. Thomas University)
Associate Vice-President (Research) and Professor, Department of History
Twitter: @MDawsonHistory
Michael 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 coeditor 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 Soceity of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Atlantic Canada: Brenda Trofanenko (Acadia University)
Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture and Community
School of Education, Acadia University
Brenda Trofanenko holds a Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture, and Community at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her research interests focus on exploring how public institutions—specifically museums and archives—are utilized as public pedagogical spaces that act as authorities in defining collective and individual identities. She has published articles in scholarly journals including Museum Management and Curatorship, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Québec: Anthony Di Mascio (Université Bishops)
Professeur agrégé, École des sciences de l’éducation
Anthony Di Mascio est l’auteur de The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada: Print Culture, Public Discourse, and the Demand for Education (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012), qui examine les origines de la scolarité dans le Haut-Canada à la fin du XVIIe et au début du XIXe siècles. Anthony fait partie du comité consultatif de la Revue d’histoire de l’éducation et du comité scientifique de la Revue canadienne de l’éducation.
Ontario: Funké Aladejebi (York University)
Instructor, Department of History
Funké Aladejebi teaches African-Canadian history. Her dissertation, “‘Girl You Better Apply to Teachers’ College’: The History of Black Women Educators in Ontario, 1940s-1980s,” explores the importance of African Canadian women in sustaining their communities and preserving a distinct black identity within restrictive gender and racial barriers. She has published articles in Ontario History, Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, and Education Matters. Her research interests are in oral history, the history of education in Canada, black feminist thought and transnationalism.
Western Canada: Sean Carleton (Mount Royal University
Assistant Professor, Department of General Education
Twitter: @SeanCarleton
Sean Carleton is an interdisciplinary historian of settler colonialism, capitalism, and schooling in Western Canada. He holds a PhD from the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and BA and MA degrees in History from Simon Fraser University. His current research looks at colonial violence, Indigenous resistance, and the creation of Canada’s first residential schools in Western Canada. He is also a founding member of the Graphic History Collective.
Graduate Student Representative: Shawn Brackett (University of Calgary)
PhD Candidate, Department of History
Shawn Brackett specializes in the history of teaching and schools of the North American West.  His studies have included comparing the experiences of women students at university and normal school in Colorado and the role of faculty members in student life in Alberta’s normal schools.  Shawn’s dissertation explores normal schools as a transnational movement of preparing teachers and building communities across boundaries both natural and artificial.