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• Doctor of Philosophy, History of Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (April, 2010). Thesis: "Race, Gender and Colonialism: Public Life among the Six Nations of the Grand River, 1899-1939."
• Bachelor of Education, Intermediate / Senior Level, History and Geography, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (2003)
• Master of Arts, History, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (2002) .Thesis: "Amity Among the stumps: Contact betweens Native and Settler Women in Upper Canada , 1828-1854 ".
•Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (2001). History Major, Geography Minor. Thesis: "Catharine Parr Traill: From Naive Emigrant to Upper Canadian Pioneer."
Teaching and Research Interests
Canadian women's and gender history, Indigenous history of the Great Lakes, comparative colonial history, history of education, commemoration history, culinary history, genealogy.
• SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2014
• Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies, 2013, 2014.
• University of Toronto Doctoral Thesis Completion Grant, 2008
• Canadian Historical Association Travel Grant, 2007, 2008, 2009
• Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2005-06 , 2007-08
• Mary Lou Aikens Educational Award, PEO Sisterhood, Burlington Chapter, 2006
• University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, 2008
• Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Dean's Conference Fund, 2007, 2008
• Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Academic Excellence Award, 2006
• Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Endowment, 2002
• Queen's Graduate Award 2001
•My book manuscript 'To Better the Conditions of the Community': Christian women Six Nations at Grand River, from 1900 to 1939 is currently being revised.
•A book, Contesting Education. Indigenous Education in the Colonial Northeast and Lower Great Lakes, co-authored with Dr. Thomas Peace, Huron College, Western University, is planned.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
•Alison Norman. “Teachers amongst their own people:” Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women teachers in 19th Century Tyendinaga and Grand River, Ontario.” In a Special Issue that I co-edited with Thomas Peace called “Contesting Indigenous Education.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, Volume 29, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 32-56.
•Alison Norman" 'Our Strength comes from the Land' The Hybrid Culinary Traditions of the Six Nations of the Grand River." Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures (2015). http://cuizine.mcgill.ca/
• Alison Norman "True to my own noble race: 'Six Nations Women Teachers at Grand River in the early Twentieth Century." Ontario History. (Spring 2015). CVII, No. 1 (Spring) 2015: 5-35.
• Alison Norman. "'Fit for the Table of the Most fastidious Epicurus: Culinary Colonialism in Contact the Upper Canadian Zone. " In Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History, edited by Franca Iacovetta, Valerie Korinek and Marlene Epp. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012, 38-69
• Norman, Alison. "'In Defense of the Empire ': The Six Nations of the Grand River and the Great War," in A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service Newfoundland and Canadian Women and the First World War, edited by Sarah Glassford and Amy Shaw. UBC Press, 2012, 29-50.
• Norman, Alison. "'A Higly Favoured People:' The Planter Narrative and the 1928 Grand Historic Pageant of Kentville Nova Scotia. "Acadiensis XXXVIII, No. 2 Summer / Autumn (2009), 116-140.
• “Review: Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s.” Maureen Katherine Lux. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. Canadian Historical Review.
• “Review: Written as I Remember It: Teachings (??ms ta?aw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder.” Elsie Paul, Paige Raibmon, and Harmony Johnson. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014. Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation. Volume 28, Number 2, Fall 2016: 151-153.
• "Review Great Lakes Indian Accommodation: Resistance During The Early Reservation Years, 1850-1900" Edmund Jefferson Danziger, Jr. Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Press, 2009 The Canadian Historical Review Volume 92, Number 4, 2011 • 726-728 .
• "Culinary Landmarks A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks Review" Elizabeth Driver. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008 The Canadian Historical Review. Volume 90 , Number 3 September, 2009: • 554-556.
• "Review: In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women's History in Canada. "Edited by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Lorna Townsend. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006 The Canadian Historical Review. Volume 89, Number 2 June, 2008, 276-77
• "Review: Sisters in Two Worlds: A Visual Biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill. "Michael Peterman, Doubleday Press, 2007 Canadian Women's Studies. Volume 27, Number 1, 2009
• "Review. Women and Power in Native North America "Edited by Laura F. Klein and Lillian A. Ackerman. University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 Pioneer America Society Transactions "Volume 27 & 28, Fall 2007
• "Review.: Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada's Colonial Past "Edited by Katie Pickles and Myra Rutherdale .. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press 2005 . XCIX Ontario History, No. 1 (2006), 117 -119
• "Review: Seven Eggs Today: The Diaries of Mary Armstrong, 1859 and 1869" By Jackson W. Armstrong, and "The Life Writings of Mary Baker McQuesten: Victorian Matriarch By Mary J. Anderson .. "Both Waterloo Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Life Writing Series, 2004 XCVII Ontario History, No. 1 (2005)
•“(Re)naming and (De)colonizing the (I?)ndigenous People(s) of North America – Part I and Part II.” With Kathryn Labelle, Brittany Luby. November 7 and 8, 2016. Activehistory.ca
•“Transitions Q&A: Alison Norman.” http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-alison-norman/ November 25, 2015.
•“Inside Toronto’s secret history warehouse.” blogTO.com. April 4, 2015.
•“A brief history of post-war feminism in Toronto.” blogTO.com. March 15, 2015.
•“A brief history of the women’s movement in Toronto.” blogTO.com. March 8, 2015.
• "A Guide to Indigenous Toronto." BlogTO.com. January 25, 2015.
•"Still Insufficient. Childcare in Canada. "With Lisa Pasolli, Active History October 7, 2013
•" The Origins of the Labour Day Parade. "BlogTO.com." September 6, 2010
• Toronto Museum Project has right idea, remains work in progress. "BlogTO.com. March 6, 2010
• "Results of the Survey of Canadian Graduate Students and Pregnancy / Childcare Concerns" CHA Bulletin 34, 6-9. No. 3 (2008)
• "The Grand Historic Pageant of the Summer Carnival 1928 Kentville "The King's Historical Society Newsletter, January 2007.
•"Brief History of an Annapolis Valley Kitchen. "Culinary Chronicles, The Newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Ontario, No. 47, Winter 2006, 3-5 .
• "A Genealogical Journey in Nova Scotia. "The Nova Scotia Genealogist XXIII, No. 19-25 • This Little Piggy Went to Market and Came Home With A Basket Full 1 (2005) Fundraising for Historical Organizations and Institutions and Heritage Toronto. 2000, The Ontario Historical Society .
Teaching Experience - Instructor
Winter 2016: HIS366, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes, 1815 to the Present
The University of Toronto, Department of History
Fall 2014: HIS369, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes to 1815
Winter 2013: HIS366, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes, 1815 to the Present
Fall 2012: HIS369, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes to 1815
Winter 2012: HIS366, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes, 1815 to the Present
Fall 2010: HIS369, Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes to 1815
Trent University, Department of History
Fall 2014-Spring 2015: CAST2255, History of the Indians of Canada
Fall 2010: 3160, Canadian Women's History
Fall 2010: HIS1500, Ten Days That shook the World (lecture series on First Nations)
Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
Spring 2012: CHST680, "Natives and Newcomers from 1763"
Winter 2012: CHST580 "Natives and Newcomers to 1763 "
Spring 2010: CHST680," Natives and Newcomers from 1763 "
Winter 2010: CHST580," Natives and Newcomers to 1763 "
Seneca College, Liberal Arts Program, York University Campus
Summer 2010: HUM200," The Development of Western Thought II "
Winter 2010: HUM200,"The Development of Western Thought II"
Summer 2007: HUM200, "The Development of Western Thought II"
Winter 2007: CAN191, "Canadian Political Economy"
Winter 2007: HUM200, "The Development of Western Thought II"
Summer 2006: HUM200 "The Development of Western Thought II "
Fall 2005: HUM301, " The Development of Western Thought III "
Teaching Experience - Teaching Assistant
The University of Toronto, Department of History
Fall 2009-Winter 2010: HIS263," Introduction to Canadian History"
Summer 2009: HIS263 , "Introduction to Canadian History"
Winter 2009: HIS369, "Aboriginal People of the Great Lakes"
Summer 2006: HIS263," Introduction to Canadian History "
Fall 2005 - Spring 2006: HIS263" Introduction to Canadian History "
Fall 2004 -Spring 2005: HIS106 "Making the Americas, ca. 1250 to 1780"
The University of Toronto at Scarborough, Department of Humanities
Fall HISC47H3F 2009, "Canadian Labour History"
The University of Toronto at Mississauga, Department of Historical Studies
Winter 2009 HIS308," The History of Women, pre-1800. "
Winter 2009 HIS372, "The United States in the 20th Century"
Summer 2008: HIS261, "Introduction to Canadian History"
Winter 2008 and Fall 2006: HIS261, "Introduction to Canadian History"
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Fall-Winter 2003-2004: Teacher Education Program Assistant for the Secondary Cohort Program, Social Justice and Catholic Education as share of the teacher program pre-serve
Queen's University, Department of History
Fall 2001-Spring 2001 HIST263, "Canadian Working Class History"
Winter 2012: Learning Unlimited Toronto "A History of Aboriginal Ontario. the province's First Nations. "
Conferences and Lectures
•“Doing it in Public History Outside the Academy Roundtable.” To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, 29-31 May, 2017.
•“The History of Indigenous Teachers in Ontario in the age of Reconciliation.” 19th Biennial Conference of the Canadian History of Education Association. Waterloo, Ontario, October 27-30, 2016.
•“‘Taught by an Indian Woman’: Education and Politics at Tyendinaga in the late Nineteenth Century.” Iroquois Research Conference, 2-4 October, 2015. Rochester, New York.
•“Indian Masters”: The Hiring of Aboriginal teachers in Southern Ontario Day Schools in the late 19th century.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Society, University of Ottawa, May 31-June 3, 2015.
•“‘Taught by an Indian Woman’: Education and Politics at Tyendinaga in the late Nineteenth Century.” Presented at Contesting Canada’s Future, Trent University, May 21-23, 2015.
•"Mohawk Women Teachers in 19th Century Ontario" Presented at The Changing Face of Missionary Education (Workshop) July 9 October 2014, WWWU Münster, Germany (by invitation)
• "'A teacher to her people. 'Nineteenth Century Haudenosaunee women teachers at Grand River, Ontario. "Presented panel I Was Organized," Indigenous Women and Education in Comparative Colonial Contexts "at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the University of Toronto, May 2014
•". Their Own Teachers Haudenosaunee peoples Amongst teachers at Grand River, Ontario "Presented at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Saskatoon, June 13-15, 2013
•" 'An excellent young Indian': Isaac Bearfoot and the Education of the Six Nations of the Grand River "Presented at The House that Isaac Built. The Architecture of Cultures and Identities in Canada, Huron University College, London, Ontario, May 13-15, 2013
• "'Our Strength comes from the Land.' Culinary Traditions of The Hybrid the Six Nations of the Grand River "Presented at the Ontario Women's History Network Annual Conference, Ingersoll, Ontario, April 5-6, 2013 •. "'Amongst Their Own Teachers Peoples Grand River, Ontario in the 19th century "Presented at the Iroquois Research Conference, Cortland, New York, October 5-7, 2012
•" 'A teacher to her people. Aboriginal teachers in Southern Ontario, " Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Kitchener-Waterloo, May 27 -29, 2012
• "'On behalf facility facility facility facility facility facility facility facility of our sisters the Iroquois and the British feminists politics rights of women of Six Nations the Grand River, Ontario. "Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 9-11, 2011
•" Six Nations Women Teachers on the Grand River Reserve in the Interwar Years. "Presented at the Canadian History of Education Association 15th Biennial Conference, Toronto, October 21-24, 2010
• "Women and the Scottish Six Nations of the Grand River in the early twentieth century. "Presented at Irish and Scots Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, June 10-12, 2010
• "'It Would Be MOST unfair and un-British to dismiss a good teacher is His account of color: African Canadian teachers at Grand River. "Presented at thinking beyond the nation-state: A Symposium on Empires, Diaspora, and Indigeneity, the State University of New York at Buffalo, November 20, 2009
• "Women on the Six Nations Grand River. Community Builders in the early Twentieth Century "Presented at the Iroquois Research Conference, Rensselaerville, New York, 2-3 October, 2009
• " Babies in the Archives, Kids in the Classroom: Parenthood in the Academic World "Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, May 25-27, 2009
• "A New Patriotism. how Six Nations soldiers and women experienced and challenged the authority of the Six Nations Council "Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association Ottawa, May 25-27, 2009
•" Changing Culinary Traditions of the Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario "Presented at Culinary Landmarks: A conference to celebrate publication of Elizabeth Driver's A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825-1949, Toronto May 1-3, 2009.
•" The Six Nations of the Grand River and World War I . "Presented at First Peoples @ Seneca College, Toronto, December 2, 2008
•" Race, Gender and Colonialism. Teachers on the Grand River Reserve, 1900 -1939 " Presented to the History of Education Seminar Series, OISE / University of Toronto November 26, 2008
• "Transatlantic allies: Scottish women and the Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada" Presented at Women's History Gendering Imperialism Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 8, 2008
• "'We do not Consider It uplifting to the Indian. 'The Alexander family of teachers at Grand River "Presented at the Canadian History of Education Association 15th Biennial Conference, Sudbury, Ontario, October 23-25, 2008
•" Teaching Empire at Grand River. Among the Six Nations Education in the Early Twentieth Century . "" Presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver, June 2 4th, 2008
• Transnational Relations betweens British Feminists and the Six Nations in the 1920s. "Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, Vancouver , June 1-3, 2008
• "Gender, Empire and Education Among the Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, in 1899 -1939" Presented at Writing New Histories of Indigineity and Imperialism. A Workshop, Winnipeg, May 21-23, 2008
• "Culinary Encounters and Exchanges betweens Natives and White Settler Women in Mid-Nineteenth Century Upper Canada" Presented at the Canadian Historical. Association 86th Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 28-30, 2007
• "The Grand Historic Pageant of tea . Kentville Summer Carnival 1928 Historical Knowledge in Action "Presented at the Atlantic Canadian Studies Conference, Halifax, May May 3, 2007
•" Gender and Colonialism in Brant Country - A Research Presentation "Presented to the members of the Ohsweken Genealogical Society, Veteran's Hall , Ohsweken, Great. River Reserve, March 4, 2007
• "The Continuing Work of Empire. Native Women's Organizations and Women in Ontario, "Presented at the Canadian Historical Association 85th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, May 29, 2006
•" Poor Unfortunate Our Sisters. Race and Colonialism in the Early Women's Movement in Ontario, "Presented at the Susan B. Anthony & the Struggle for Equal Rights Conference, Rochester, New York, April 1, 2006
•" Women's Organizations, Social Reform, and the Vote in Toronto from 1870 to 1920 "Presented to members of the Royal Ontario Museum ROMWalks Group Toronto, March 4, 2006 (by invitation)
•" New York through the lives of four Irish immigrant families .. using family history and the archives "Presented at Researching New York 2005: Perspectives on Empire State History, Albany, New York, November 17, 2005
•" 'It is fit for the table of the MOST fastidious epicure': Culinary Exchange betweens Natives and Settler Women in Mid-Nineteenth Century Upper Canada. " Presented at the Conference Celebrating the Culinary Heritage of Peterborough County and the Culinary Historians of Ontario Hinterland, September 24, 2005 (by invitation)
•"'Lest the contribution of the Loyalists of Canada Becomes dim and obscure: the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and the Canadian Centennial "Presented at the 2nd Annual McGill-Queen's Student Conference in History 2005," Alternate Approaches, "Kingston, March 19, 2005
• "'Love and loyalty to my native land.' Issues of Gender, Nationalism and Identity and the Strickland Sisters in Canada "Presented at the 9th Annual Graduate Student History Conference," New Frontiers in Graduate History, "York University, Toronto, February 25, 2005
• "The 'Bushladies' and the' Children of the Forest.Cultural Exchange in Upper Canada "Presented to members of the Ontario Historical Society, Toronto, January 19, 2005 (by invitation)
➢ Spring 2015-Fall 2017: Continuing Research on my project on Indigenous teachers in 19th Century Ontario at Trent University as a Research Associate.
➢Spring 2015-Fall 2017: Continuing Research on my project on Indigenous teachers in 19th Century Ontario at Trent University as a Research Associate.
➢Summer 2012-Fall 2014: Research for a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research project on Aboriginal teachers in 19th Century Ontario, at Trent University. Research at Library and Archives Canada, the Woodland Cultural Centre, Trent University Archives, Huron Diocese Archives, the Anglican Church of Canada Archives, the United Church of Canada Archives, and others.
➢Fall 2011-Summer 2012: Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on residential school staff. Research in the United Church of Canada Archives, the Anglican Church of Canada Archives, and the Presbyterian Church of Canada Archives, Toronto. The project included writing multiple reports on each collection and archive. Reference: Dr. Helen Harrison. Summer 2012-Fall 2014: Research for a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research project on Aboriginal teachers in 19th Century Ontario, at Trent University. Research at Library and Archives Canada, the Woodland Cultural Centre, Trent University Archives, Huron Diocese Archives, the Anglican Church of Canada Archives, the United Church of Canada Archives, and others.
➢ October 2011 -June 2012 Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential school staff Research in the United Church of Canada Archives, the Anglican Church of Canada Archives, and the Presbyterian Church of Canada Archives, Toronto.
➢ 2010- Ongoing: Historian for the Ontario Heritage Trust, Researching and writing sheets and web material.
➢ Winter 2009 Genealogical research in Ontario and New York for a Canadian-American family, and writing a family history The project Including scanning and Creating a digital archive for over a thousand photos.
➢ Winter 2009 Dr. Cecilia Morgan Research for a biography for James Wetherell of Elgin for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
➢ Fall 2004-Spring 2006, and Fall 2007-2009 Research Assistant for Dr. Cecilia Morgan Research on the travels of late 19th and early 20th Century First Nations peoples from Upper Canada/Ontario to Britain, as part of her SSHRC funded project.
➢ Fall 2006: As co-chair of the Graduate Student Committee of the Canadian Historical Association , I conducted a survey of 125 Graduate Students in History at Canadian universities. "A Survey of Canadian Graduate Students and Pregnancy / Childcare Concerns" Results Were published in Scholarly 2008.
➢ June 2012-June 2015: Director, Ontario Historical Society I sit on the Board of Directors, and am Involved in the Berks Conference Committee, the Digitization Committee, the HR Committee, and the Communications Committee .. ➢ September 2011 - May 2014: Berks Conference 2014 Worlds Indigenous Subcommittee.
➢ June 2008 - June 2010 , June 2010 - June 2012: Graduate Student Representative, Representative of the Independent Scholar Canadian Committee on Women's History of the Canadian Historical Association ➢ Fall 2007 - Ongoing: member of the H-Canada Advisory Board
➢ Fall 2006 - April 2010: I Helped Organizes the History of Education Seminar Series in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies OISE / UT.
➢ June 2007 - May 2009 Co-Chair of the Graduate Students Committee of the Canadian Historical Association ➢ December 2006, April 2008, August 2008, December 2008 April 2009: I Worked as a Chief Presiding Officer for the Faculty of. Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto
➢ Fall 2005 - June 2012: founded and chaired the Toronto and Area Women's Canadian History Group for female historians.
➢ Fall 2004 - Spring 2008 Member of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies Mentor Program Committee I Helped run the mentorship program, pairing new students and senior students, organizing a student seminar series, holding workshops, and social schedule events.
➢ May 2003 - June 2003 Intern, The Dominion Institute, Toronto. I worked as assistant year on The Memory Project I Coordinated visits for veterans at schools in Toronto and across Canada.
➢ June - July 2000: Researcher and Writer The Ontario Historical Society, Toronto. As part of the Summer Experience Program, through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, I was hired to write a booklet on legacy fundraising in Canada.
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Alison Norman, B.Ed., Ph.D.