Ann Walton

Ph.D. Student

Degrees:B.A. Honours (Carleton), Master of Arts (Carleton)

Current Program (including year of entry)

Ph.D. History, 2016


Dr. Susan B. Whitney

Dr. A. B. McKillop

Academic Interests

Aging, aging artists, dementia, creative aging, aging-in-place, cultural history

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
  • Canadian Social History (J. Walsh, J. Opp), Fall 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.

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

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

Description of Research:

I approach the history of aging through Canada’s storytellers, composers, playwrights, and poets. My research considers the work of Margaret Laurence, Gabrielle Roy, P. K. Page, Mavor Moore, and others, through the lens of Canada’s depression and postwar eras. It explores how aging has shaped artists’ lives and work, and connects it to the present cultural trends towards ‘creative aging,’ and ‘aging-in-place.’ It also contributes an important historical perspective to the more recent scholarship on the merits of arts-based programs for those living with dementia.