Marissa Foley

Degrees:BA Social Science (University of Ottawa), MA Public History - Digital Humanities (Carleton University)

Marissa Foley is a recent graduate from Carleton University‘s MA program in Public History with a specialization in Digital Humanities, and she holds a BSocSc in Political Science and History from the University of Ottawa. Despite her academic roots in Ottawa, she is a proud Hamiltonian and has dedicated her research to the city that she calls home.

Her project Reclaiming Jamesville is a community-engaged digital storytelling project collecting oral history place memories of Hamilton, Ontario’s Jamesville community and curating them into a series of podcast episodes. Through each episode, listeners are invited to explore Jamesville’s James Street North through contemporary, lesser-known histories of the street as they are remembered by members of the community and revealed in the local archive. Stories and memories from the street that have been forgotten in the context of gentrification are shared as an act of reclamation to situate the present context of the street within a larger historical narrative. Reclaiming Jamesville’s accompanying essay explores the process of creating this podcast and offers deeper insights into the histories and methodologies that underpin Marissa’s work.

Her project is ongoing, and Marissa is excited to continue connecting with her hometown and its hidden histories as she works to produce new episodes of Reclaiming Jamesville.