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Kerry Abel

Adjunct Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Queen's)

Kerry Abel has taught history for many years at Carleton (and formerly at the University of Manitoba and Queen’s) with an emphasis on the history of northern Canada and its Indigenous peoples.  Prior to her university career, she worked as a public historian for the government of Manitoba.  She is interested in integrating social and cultural history with political, economic, and environmental concerns.  Her current project, a life-and-times biography of Englishwoman Elizabeth Simcoe (1762-1850), may seem to have taken her in an entirely new direction, but is allowing her to explore questions about the past that have always fascinated her: the interplay of the personal, the political, and the cultural, and the role of bigger processes of historical change in shaping individual lives.

Current Research:

“Mrs. Simcoe: A Life in the Age of Revolution”

Selected Publications:

Changing Places: History, Community, and Identity in Northeastern Ontario (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006).

Drum Songs: Glimpses of Dene History, 2nd edition (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005).

Northern Visions: New Perspectives on the North in Canadian History (Broadview Press, 2001). Edited with Ken S. Coates.

Aboriginal Resource Use in Canada: Historical and Legal Aspects (University of Manitoba Press, 1991). Edited with Jean Friesen.

Honours and Awards

2007   Clio Award, Canadian Historical Association, for the best book on Ontario history (Changing Places)

2007   J.J. Talman Award, Ontario Historical Society, for the best book on Ontario’s social, economic, political, or cultural history published in the previous 3 years (Changing Places)

2007   Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History, Champlain Society, for the best book on Ontario history (Changing Places)

2000-2003   Cojunct Professor, Trent University

2002   Choice outstanding academic title for Northern Visions

1996   Research Achievement Award, Carleton University

1993   Faculty of Arts Teaching Award, Carleton University

1981   James H. Gray Medal in Prairie History, University of Manitoba