John C. Walsh

Co-director of the Carleton Centre for Public History

Degrees:M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Guelph)
Office:412 Paterson Hall

Dr. Walsh is accepting graduate students for Canadian history and public history, and welcomes inquiries about specific areas of supervision. 

Research Interests

  • Canadian History
  • Space and place
  • Governmentality
  • Epistemology
  • Maps and mapping

Select Publications

(with James OppHome, Work, and Play:  Situating Canadian Social History third edition (Oxford University Press, 2015)

(with James OppPlacing Memory and Remembering Place in Canada (UBC Press, 2010)

Recent Public History Projects

“From the North to the Southway Inn” 

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Stacey Zembrzycki, “Memory, Identity, and the Challenge of Community Among Ukrainians in the Sudbury Region, 1901-1939,” PHD (co-supervised with Marilyn Barber), 2007

Jessica Dunkin, “Canoes and Canvas: The Social and Spatial Politics of Leisure in Late Nineteenth-Century North America” PHD, 2012

David Banoub, “The Patronage Effect : Civil Service Reforms, Job-Seeking, and State Formation in Victorian Canada” PHD, 2013

Alisha Seguin, “Remembering the Civil Service: Work and Life Stories of Indigenous Labourers in the Canadian Federal Civil Service,” M.A. Thesis, 2015

Allison Smith, “Mary Ann Shadd Revisited: Echoes from an Old House,” M.A. in Public History Documentary Film, 29 mins. (co-supervision with James Miller), 2015

Sara Nixon, “The Grimsby Timescapes App: Encountering the Past on Main Street,” M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History, with Mobile Computing App  (co-supervision with Dr. James Opp), 2015

Cameron Steacy, “Shifting Perspectives within a Heritage District: The Process of National Historic Designation at Thousand Island Park, 1974-1982,” M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History (co-supervision with Dr. James Opp), 2015

Connie Gunn, “The Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa: Constructing a Public Memory and Preserving History in a Changing City, 1898-1932,” M.A. Thesis (co-supervision with Joanna Dean), 2015

Kathleen Ogilvie, “The Banks of Newfoundland: Kenneth Peacock and the Newfoundland Folk Music Revival,” M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History, 2016

Bradley Wiebe, “Histories of Parliament Hill: Re-Placing Memory, Digital (Hi)Storytelling, and Public History,” M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History, with Podcast Series, 2016

Sarah Mulvihill, “Reclaiming Propaganda, Reviving Victory: Victory Gardens in the 21st Century,” M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History, 2017

Phoebe Mannell, “Far From the Sea: An Exploration of 3D Photogrammetry Capabilities in Museum and Heritage Settings,” Digitial Exhibit and M.A. Major Research Essay in Public History, 2017

Ruthanne Edward, “The Fight for Pay Equity,” Oral Storytelling Performance and M.A. Major Research Essay (co-supervision with David Dean), 2017

Kelsea McKenna, “Growing Up in Ajax, Ontario: Memories of Childhood in a Transforming Postwar Community, 1945-1975,” M.A. Major Research Essay, 2017

Elise Bigley, “Creativity, Community, and Memory Building: Interned Jewish Refugees in Canada During and After World War II,” M.A. Thesis (co-supervision with James Opp), 2017