Ann Walton

Ph.D Student

Degrees:B.A. Honours (Carleton), Master of Arts (Carleton)
Email:ann.walton@carleton.ca

Current Program (including year of entry)

Ph.D History, 2016

Supervisor

Dr. Susan B. Whitney

Dr. Brian McKillop

Academic Interests

Aging, dementia, women’s and gender history, language, advice literature, the positive aging movement of the 1960s, cultural history in Canada and the United States

Teaching Assistantships:

  • Modern Thought and Culture (A. B. McKillop), Fall 2014
  • The Social History of Alcohol, (R. Phillips), Winter 2015
  • Modern Thought and Culture (A. B. McKillop), Fall 2015
  • Historical Theory and Method (D. McNeil), Fall 2015
  • Canadian Social History (J. Walsh), Winter 2016
  • Introduction to Canadian History (K. Badgley), Fall 2016 & Winter 2017

Publications and Presentations:

“Studying the Art of Growing Old with Metchnikoff, Hauser, Lowman, and Thompson: Advice about Aging, 1900-1960.” M.A. Thesis, Carleton University, 2016.

“Kenneth Dewar, Frank Underhill, and the Politics of Ideas.” Active History. 17 June 2015.

“Going it Alone: Aging and the Myth of the Endless Future.” Paper presented at Underhill Graduate Colloquium, Carleton University, ON, March 10, 2016.

Description of Research:

My research considers closely the language of positivity about aging that grew out of the 1960s political and cultural climates in Canada and the United States. I assess the growing professional interest in the psychology of aging (such as reminiscence therapy for seniors) as well as its wider cultural influence in Canada. Keenly interested in the contradictory nature of self-improvement advice, my research assesses this historical influence on perceptions about aging, memory loss, and dementia.