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Dominique Marshall

Professor - 19th-20th c. Quebec; state formation; social policy, welfare, and the history of families; children’s rights and humanitarian aid in transnational perspectives

Degrees:B.A. (Montreal), Ph.D. (Montreal)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2846
Office:412 Paterson Hall

Dominique Marshall is Professor of History at Carleton University. She teaches and researches the past of social policies, children’s rights, humanitarian aid, disability and technology, refugees, and the extraction of natural resources. She helps coordinates the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, which supports the rescue of archives of Canadian development and aid and the Carleton University Disability Research Group. She is a Co-Investigator of the SSHRC funded Partnership Local Engagement Refugee Research Network where she is a member of Archives, Living Histories and Heritage Working Group; of the SSHRC funded xDX project: Documenting, Linking, and Interpreting Canada’s Design Heritage; and of the teaching website Recipro: the history of international and humanitarian aid.

She writes about Canadian social policies and poor families, the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations, the Conference on the African Child of 1931, and the history of OXFAM in Canada.

She was President of the Ottawa Historical Association from 2019 to 2022. She was President of the Canadian Historical Association from 2013 to 2015, member of the Board of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities (CFSSH) from 2012 to 2017, and  French Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association for 20 years. She has been year-long visiting fellow at the the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Oxford Brookes.  Her book, Aux origines sociales de l’État providence (1998) (available in English as The Social Origins of the Welfare State (2006)) received the Jean-Charles Falardeau Prize (now Canada Prize) from the CFSSH.

She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa, member of the advisory board of Resilient Humanitarianism funded by the Australian Research Council and of the Ottawa Historical Association, and affiliated to the Institute of Political Economy, the Canadian Accessibility Network and the Institute of African Studies of Carleton University.

Dr. Marshall is accepting graduate students in Canadian history, the transnational history of humanitarian aid, human rights, childhood and social policies, and she welcomes inquiries about specific areas of supervision. 

Research Interests

  • Early history of OXFAM in Canada, 1945-present
  • Children’s rights and humanitarian aid to Africa, 1920-65
  • Children’s rights and the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations
  • Social policy, welfare, and the history of families
  • 19th-20th c. Quebec
  • History of science and technology
  • History of disability

Current and Recent Teaching

HIST 1301 Conflict and Change in Early Canadian History
HIST 1302A  Rethinking Modern Canadian History
HIST 3301 Quebec since 1800
HIST 4305 Political History in Canada – “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the History of Canadian Society and Policy“
HIST 3111 Canadian Humanitarian Aid
HIST 3115 Children and Youth in History
HIST 5315F: State and Society in Canada – “Natural Resources Extraction in Canadian History

Recent Publications

Teaching Human Rights History,” American Review of Canadian Studies,53:1 (2023),118-130.

Jennissen, Therese, Dominique Marshall, Chris Trainor, and Beth Robertson. 2023. “Creating, Archiving and Exhibiting Disability History: The Oral Histories of Disability Activists of the Carleton University Disability Research Group”. First Monday 28 (1).

With Del Gaudio, K. Grace, C., and Hallgrimsson, B. (2023) Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), Final technical report Years 1 to 4 | April 1, 2019, to October 31, 2022, IDRC project: 108889. Ottawa, IDRC.

Del Gaudio, C., Hallgrimsson, B., and Marshall, D. (2022) Supporting research on gender and design amongst STEAM researchers in the souths: A case study of subsumption in design methods, in Lockton, D., Lenzi, S., Hekkert, P., Oak, A., Sádaba, J., Lloyd, P. (eds.), DRS2022: Bilbao, 25 June – 3 July, Bilbao, Spain.

Visual Media and Development Education in Canadian Schools”, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs 3, 2 (2021): 45-56.

Ethical Traditions in Humanitarian Photography and the Challenges of the Digital Age”, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs 3, 2 (2021): 57-64.

“Breaking Historical Barriers”, in Jill Campbell-Miller, Greg Donaghy and Stacey Barker (Eds.), Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds. Canadian Women and the Search for Global Order, University of Calgary Press, October 2021, Conclusion.

Four Keys to Make Sense of Traditions in the Nonprofit Sector in Canada: Historical Contexts”, in Susan Phillips and Bob Wyatt (Eds.), Intersections and Innovations: Change for Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector, Edmonton, AB, Canada: Muttart Foundation, 2021. Chapter 3, 16 pages.

Conclusion”, in Greg Donaghy and David Webster, dir. “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950–2016, University of Calgary Press, 2019, pp. 333-394.

La Salle de l’Histoire Canadienne: Recension.” The Canadian Historical Review 100, no. 2 (June 2019): 274–279.

Discours présidentiel: Dessins d’enfants et aide humanitaire : expressions et expositions transnationales/ Presidential Address: Children’s Drawings and Humanitarian Aid: Transnational Expressions and Exhibits”Revue de la Société historique du Canada/Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 26, 1 (2015), pp. 1-65.

Réponse à “The Tragedies of Canadian International History” : un autre survol historiographique”, Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 96, no. 4 (Winter 2015), pp. 583-589.

Usages de la notion de « droits des enfants » par les populations coloniales : la Conférence de l’enfance africaine de 1931“, Relations internationales, no. 161, printemps 2015, pp. 43-64.

“The Rise of Coordinated Action for Children in War and Peace: Experts at the League of Nations, 1924–1945”, in D. Rodogno, B. Struck, J. Vogel, eds. Shaping the Transnational Sphere.  Transnational networks of experts and organizations (C. 1850–1930), New York, Berghahn Books, 2014, chapter 4.

La supervision des thèses de second et de troisième cycles et l’ “apprentissage sur le tas”: conversation avec Bettina Bradbury,” A Scholarly Tribute to Bettina Bradbury, Feminist Historian of the Family: A Roundtable Discussion, Labour/Le travail, 74 (fall 2014), pp. 270-275.

“Children’s Rights from Below: Canadian and Transnational Actions, Beliefs, and Discourses, 1900–1989”, in David Goutor and Stephen Heathorn, eds. Taking Liberties.  A History of Human Rights in Canada, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 189-212.

Recent Presentations

“Notes on histories of famine”, for “Holodomor 90: from Stalin’s famine to Putin’s missiles’, Carleton university, Ottawa, Carleton Ukrainian Students Club, 20 November 2023.

Hollis Peirce and Dominique Marshall, “The Progression of Disability Rights in Ottawa”, #Beyond Bytown Virtual Series, November 2023.

Raquel Noronha, Chiara Del Gaudio, and Dominique Marshall, “The making of a virtual public science portal about gendered design in STEAM from the Souths: co-designing to exhibit and exhibiting toco-design,” Annual Conference of Design History, Matosinhos, Portugal, September 2023.

“The League of Red Cross Societies & Disabled People: Transnational insights on war impairment, capacity & debility”, Geneva, June 2023, Symposium on “The League of Red Cross Societies: Historical Perspectives 1919-1991”.

“Approches transnationales des histoires du Québec,” Identités francophones contemporaines dans les espaces nords américains, Ottawa, Mars 2023. Médiations de l’identité francophone, Table Ronde “Québec in the Eye of the Other.”

“Roundtable on Teaching Human Rights History”, May 2022, Revisiting Human rights, A workshop on the History of Human rights in Canada, King’s College, Western University, Windsor, Canada.

“Learning History by Doing, Together and Online”, Collaborative Learning in the History Classroom, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 2022.

“1919 : A Revolution in Children’s Rights. Andrée Colin and the divided loyalties of the League of Nations Secretariat”, Keynote Address, “The People’s Conference: Transnational Legacies of 1919”, Royal Military College, Annual History Symposium, Kingston, November 2019. Also presented to the Ottawa Historical Association, September 2019. 

“Understanding the history of the Ethiopian Red Cross, 1935-1975” and, with Beth Robertson, “People with disabilities and the Red Cross Movement, 1945-85”,  Histories of the Red Cross Movement since 1919, Geneva, 12-14 June 2019.

“Histoires de vie et archives privées dans l’histoire de l’aide humanitaire: questions d’éthique et de droits de l’homme”, Accès: Perspectives des historiens et des archivistes”, Colloque de l’ACFAS, Gatineau May 2019.

Recent Media Contributions

Gendered Design in STEAM. “Gendered Design in Steam.” Carleton University, 2022. (In collaboration)

Roundtable “Rethinking the Canadian History Survey“, September 2022, Canadian Historical Association.

Le questionnaire de la SHC (avec toutes nos excuses à Marcel Proust) – Dominique Marshall“, Fall 2022.

Canada Day Radio Interview, City News, Sam Laprade Show, City News Ottawa, 1 July 2022.

Teaching with Humanitarian Archives: Three Lessons from Collaborations between Carleton University Archives and Special Collections and the Canadian Network of Humanitarian History”, Blog, Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, 21 January 2022.

Top 6 English-language Works on Children and Humanitarian Aid”, with an Introduction by Sarah Glassford, Blog, CNHH, 8 December 2021.

Q&A with Dominique Marshall », Blog of the Canadian Science and Technology Association, November 2021, cross-posted from Gendered Design in STEAM Bulletin, Issue Five, November, 2021.

Understanding the History of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, on Each Side of the Cold War“, presentation given in Dr. Nicolas Lépine’s Seminar in African History, “Battleground Africa: Cold War Burning Hot” (HIS 4186A00), Recipro: the history of international and humanitarian aid, March 2021.

Interview on Confederation for BBC2 television series “Great American [Canadian] Railroad Journeys”, Season 3, Episode 8 “From Montreal to Ottawa“, Winter 2018 (see minute 19:45).

Participation à  “Le Canada d’hier à aujourd’hui”, Capsules d’histoire présentées au cours du Téléjournal de Radio Canada, 2017.

With Tyler Owens, “Keith Spicer: Illustrated Maps of Humanitarian Travels in Asia, 1960”, CNHH Blog, 21 April 2017.

With Sonya De Laat, “Treasures of CIDA’s 30-Year-Old Photography Collections: A Visual Perspective on Canadian International Aid“, CNHH Blog, 2 December 2016. Cross-posted in Active History, 6 December 2016. 

Recent Supervisions

Honours Research Essays

Oonagh Burns, 2020 – “Art Picturing Disability in and after World War One.  Uses, Aesthetics and Impacts”.

Malinda Pich, 2019 – Oral History of Cambodian Refugees in Ottawa, Co-supervision with Laura Madokoro.

Kyleigh Gault, 2019 – “Teaching Difficult Topics in Ontario high School Curriculum: Lessons Learned from the Outreach Programs of the German T4 Memorial Museums”.

Emily Hill-Smith, 2018 – “Comfort While Dying: A Transnational History of Paediatric End of Life Care,” Child Studies.


Anna-Karina Tabuñar, 2023. ” ‘You’re Going to Live, But Miserably:’ An Oral History of the Creation of the Long COVIV Rehabilitation Pilot Program of the Ottawa Hospital.” MRE, History with Collaborative Specialization in Accessibility Studies.

Devin Prashad, 2023 –  “Disabled or Dis-abled: An Analysis of Refugee Camps Proposal Draft” , Migration & Diaspora Studies (co-supervision)

Marvin Phung, 2023. “Constructing Canadian Multiculturalism through the Annual Reports on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, 1988-2022”, co-supervision with Laura Madokoro.

Malinda Pich, 2022 – Refugees from Cambodia to Canada – co-supervision with Laura Madokoro.

Karly Hurlock, 2018. Canadian humanitarian aid to India.  MRE. Co-supervision with Norman Hillmer.

Sarah Doersken, 2014.  “The Concept of Schizophrenia in Ottawa: Perspectives of Psychiatry, the Public, and Patients 1883-2013”. Co-supervision with Roy Hanes, Social Work.

Martha Attridge-Bufton, 2014. “Solidarity by Association: The Unionization of Faculty, Librarians and Support Staff of Carleton University (1973-1976)”. Winner of the the 2014 Eugene A. Forsey Prize for graduate work on Canadian labour and working-class history

PhD Current and Recent Supervisions

Sandy Barron, 2021. “Deaf Education, the Politics of Humanitarianism, and State Formation in Saskatchewan and Alberta, 1880-1931“, Co-Supervision with Kristin Snoddon, Toronto Metropolitan University.

Stephen Osei-Owusu, 2020 – , Humanitarianism and Mining in Colonial Gold Coast – co-supervision with Candace Sobers.

Andriata Chironda, 2019. “Narrators, Navigators and Negotiators : Foreign Service Officer Life Stories from Canada’s Africa Refugee Resettlement Program, 1970 to 1990,” Co-Supervision with James Milner, Political Sciences.

Helen Kennedy, 2018 – , Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention and the Relationship between Military and Humanitarian Assistance in Bosnia, 1992-1995.

Suki Lee, 2015 – , “Women, mental health, artistic expression and confinement in late 19th century Montreal”.

Current PhD Committees

Amie Wright, 2023 – , “When Canada Campaigned Against Comic Books: Censorship, Child Health, and Citizenship in the Postwar Period (1945-1970)”. Co-supervisors Jim Off and John Walsh.

Sarah Hart, 2022 – Canadian Soldiers’ Photographs of the Korean War, 1950-1954. Supervisor Jim Opp

Rachel McNally, 2022 – Refugees and disability in Canada. Political Science. Political Science, supervisor James Milner

Carole Therrien, 2020 – , “The Long Recovery from Hurricane Irma for Sint Maarten’s Working Women”, Anthropology, supervisor Danielle DiNovelli-Lang

Post PhD

Katherine Rossy, 2019 – 2022, Children of the Holocaust, SSHRC, Co-supervision with Jennifer Evans.

Jill Campbell-Miller, 2018 – 2021, Canadian engineers and Indigenous Peoples at home and abroad, SSHRC.

Beth Robertson, 2020 – 2021, IDRC, Gender and Technology, Co-supervised with Bjarki Hallgrimsson, School of Design Engineering.