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A. B. McKillop

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:B.A. (Manitoba), M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Queen's)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2835

Research Interests

  • Intellectual and cultural history, especially cultural production and expression
  • Biography of journalist, historian, and media celebrity Pierre Berton
  • Historiography, theory and method in history

Honours and Awards

2005 Davidson Dunton Research Lectureship, Carleton University
2002-03 Research Achievement Award, Carleton University
2002 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, Finalist
2001 Toronto Book Award, Winner

Invited Addresses

“Canadian Thought and the Language of Concern,” keynote address to conference The House that Isaac Built: The Architecture of Cultures and Identities in Canada, Huron College, University of Ontario, May 13, 2013

Select Publications

“Engaging History: Historians, Storytelling, and Self,” in Gerald Friesen and Doug Owram, eds., Thinkers and Dreamers: Historical Essays in Honour of Carl Berger (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011), pp. 33-52

Pierre Berton: A Biography (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2008; Totem (paperback) Edition, 2010

“Disciplinary Tribes and Territories: Alliances and Skirmishes between Anthropology and History,” in Historicizing Canadian Anthropology. Julia Harrison and Regna Darnell, eds. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006), pp. 19-29.

“Public Intellectuals and Canadian Intellectual History: Communities of Concern,” Les Idées en movement: perspectives en histoire intellectuelle et culturelle du Canada (Québec: Les Presses de L’Université Laval, 2004), pp. 121-39.

“Idéalisme, éthique et société: R.M. MacIver et la sociologie à l’Université de Toronto,” Cahiers de recherche sociologique (la sociologie canadienne Anglophone), 39 (2003), pp. 205-25.

The Spinster and the Prophet (Toronto: Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2000; London: Aurum Press, 2001; New York: 4 Walls 8 Windows, 2002).

Works Recently Completed (Unpublished)

“Curiosity’s Hound: Adventures in History,” pp. 304

“Enlightenment’s Children: Reflections on Thought and Culture in the Nineteenth Century,” pp. 528

“The Fatigue of Reason: Reflections on Thought and Culture in the Twentieth Century,” pp. 518

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Ann Walton, “The Art of Growing Old: A Cultural History of Aging in Canada,” MA Thesis (2016 – in progress)

Joel Kropf, “Pursuing Human Techniques of Progressive Justice: The Ethical Assumptions of Early-to-Mid-Twentieth-Century English-Canadian Penal Reformers,” Ph.D. Dissertation (2014)

Madelaine Morrison, “Domestic Harmonies: Musical Activity in Southwestern Ontario, 1880-1920,” Ph.D. Dissertation (2013)

Paula Hastings, “Canadian Constructions of Britishness in Victorian Consumer Culture, 1890-1914,” MA (2004)

Janice Cavell (co-supervised), “Tracing the Connected Narrative: The Literature of British Arctic Exploration, 1818-1869 ,” Ph.D. (2003)