Course Instructor, Canadian Studies, University of Toronto


2009 – 2017
Ph.D., History, University of Toronto
Dissertation: “A Bumpy Landing: Airports and the Making of Jet Age Canada”

2006 – 2007
M.A., History, Graduation with High Distinction, University of Ottawa

2002 – 2006
Hon. B.A. (History Specialist), Graduation with High Distinction, Trinity College University of Toronto


Academic Articles

“Aeromobile Sprawl: Mass Air Travel and Its Socio-Environmental Impact in 1970s Canada”, Studies in Contemporary History 14 (2017), 3: 442-464.

“Breaking New Ground: Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, Mass Aeromobility, and Megaproject Development in 1960s and 1970s Canada”, Journal of Canadian Studies, 50, 1 (Winter 2016): 3-33.

“Governing Global Aeromobility: Canada and Airport Refugee Claimants in the 1980s”, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 6, 3 (Winter 2016): 22-40.

“Taking Off: Thinking Historically about Air Travel and Mobility in Late Twentieth Century Canada”, Mobility in History, 5, 1 (January 2014): 134-142.

“The Megaphone as Material Culture: Design, Use and Symbolism in North American Society, 1878-1980”, Material Culture Review, 73 (Spring 2011): 7-19.

Other Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Justin Trudeau’s New Deal for Cities: A Very Brief History of Federal-Urban Relations”. Active History, October 30, 2015:

“The Anti-Terror Act: Government and Mobility in History”. Active History, February 17, 2015:

“Downsizing Flight Attendants and the Deregulation and Privatization of Air Travel in Canada”. Active History, June 10, 2014:

“Canada’s Messy History of Big-Ticket Airport Projects, from Mirabel to Porter to Pickering”. The Toronto Review of Books, January 22, 2014:

Book Reviews

Review of R.W. Sandwell, ed. Powering Up Canada: A History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. Canadian Historical Review 98, 2 (Spring 2017), 419-421.

Comparative review of Marilyn Crosbie, Memories of Jack Pickup: Flying Doctor of British Columbia; Brandon Lillis, Atlin’s Anguish: Bush Pilot Theresa Bond and the Crash of Taku Air Flight 2653; Jack Schofield, A Pilot’s Journey Log: Daryl Smith and Pacific Coastal Airlines; and Jay Sherwood, Furrows in the Sky: The Adventures of Gerry Andrews.
BC Studies, 181, Spring 2014, 138-40.


2016 Jeanne Armour Senior Graduate Scholarship in Canadian History

2015-16 Dictionary of Canadian Biography Fellowship in Public History

2014 John Scholes Transport History Research Essay Prize, International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility

2013-14 University of Toronto Canadian Studies Graduate Fellow

2012 Patricia and Alan Marchment Graduate Student Travel Award

2011-15 Jeanne Armour Graduate Scholarship in Canadian History

2010 University of Toronto Academic Achievement in Doctoral Coursework


“The 1976 National Pilots Strike: Air Traffic Controllers, The Jet Age Workplace, and Bilingualism.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association. Toronto, May 31, 2017.

“Aero-Mobile Sprawl: Jet-Age Airports and Socio-Environmental Disruption in 1970s Canada.” Presented at the Mobility and Environment Conference, Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society. Munich, February 14, 2015.

“Global Mobilities, Local Stasis: Refugees, the State, and the Struggle for Citizenship at Canadian Airports, 1976-1989.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M). Philadelphia, September 18-21, 2014.

“A Smoothness Unrealized: Airport Security and Local/Global Frictions in Late
Twentieth Century Canada.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association. St. Catharines, May 24-26, 2014.

“Canada’s Next Generation Airport: Mirabel, The Gospel of Growth, and New Spatial Realities.” Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. Toronto, October 3-6, 2013. Session organizer.

“The Bad Neighbour: The Jet Age Airport and the Discourse of Noise in Suburban Vancouver, 1973-1996.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association. Vancouver, November 1-4, 2012.

“’Tuning In’: Jet Aircraft, Noise Awareness and Prevention, and the Modern Soundscape in Canada, 1973-1996.” Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Urban History Association. New York City, October 26-28, 2012.

“The Megaphone as Material Culture: Design, Use and Symbolism in North American Society, 1878-1980.” Presented at the Annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto. Toronto, February 5, 2010.