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Andriata Chironda

Degrees:Doctor of Philosophy in History (Feb 2020)


Narrators, Navigators and Negotiators: Foreign Service Officer Life Stories from Canada’s Africa Refugee Resettlement Program, 1970-1990


Dominique Marshall and James Milner

What is your favourite thing about the program?

The Ph.D. History program allows for and encourages cross-collaboration with other disciplines. This allowed me to simultaneously major in history and complement my research with insights from political science, international relations, anthropology. In addition to the History Department, through research and teaching, I drew on resources and faculty from the Migration and Diaspora Studies and the Institute of African Studies.

What will you miss the most?

I will miss the ever-helpful and kind History Department Graduate Administrator, Joan White, whose patience and guidance in navigating complex university procedures and forms helped make the world a sunnier place for me.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

This is a tough one because there are too many to name. Hundreds read. Instead, I will mention my favourite seminar, “History Theory and Method” which was taught by Professors David Dean and James Opp. These two faculty members facilitated healthy debate and made historical theory fun, fun, fun!

What’s next for you?

Sleep (lots of sleep), more time with my toddler and continuing to find innovative ways to synthesize my passion for history and knowledge production with my other passion and full-time occupation as a public servant and policy wonk with the federal government of Canada.