Dr. Heidi MacDonald, Unversity of New Brunswick, Saint John

Dr. Heidi MacDonald is the Dean of Arts, and a Professor of History and Politics, at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. She is also a National Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. She received her BA from Mount Saint Vincent University, MA from Saint Mary’s University, and PhD from the University of New Brunswick. She in an historian of twentieth-century Canada with specializations in Atlantic Canada, the Great Depression, women religious (nuns), suffrage, and youth. She has taught a variety of Canadian history and oral history courses.Her SSHRC-funded project, Women Religious in Atlantic Canada since 1960, considers the intersection of women religious with feminism and the state in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. MacDonald's publications include the co-authored monograph (with Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Elizabeth Smyth) “Vatican II and Beyond: The Changing Mission and Identity of Canadian Women Religious” (McGill-Queen’s, 2017), and We Shall Persist: Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces, forthcoming as part of the Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy Series, editor, Veronica Strong-Boag (UBC Press).

Previously, at the University of Lethbridge, Professor MacDonald was Associate Professor in the Department of History, and first Director of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition.


Research Interests: Oral History; Religion; Women and Gender Studies; Religion, Culture and Space;    Religious Systems; Women's Writing; Major Religious Traditions; Wartime; Religious Dynamics;   Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Religious Studies; Human Life Cycles; History of Motherhood and Girlhood; History of Women; Women's Labour History; Women's Lives in Wartime; History of Atlantic Canada; Great Depression; Women Religious.

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