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Matthew McKean

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Nipissing University), M.A. (University of Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Queen's University)

Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. He directs the research program and leads stakeholder relations for a multi-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today. Matthew also leads the Conference Board’s long-standing and distinguished executive network of university provosts and vice-presidents from across Canada.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew worked in policy, communications, stakeholder and government relations at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. While there he led a public history project, in partnership with Carleton’s Department of History, that created an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to do archival research and create a digital timeline documenting the Federation’s 75-year history.

He holds a PhD in History from Queen’s University, Kingston, and has taught at Carleton since 2008. His research and teaching interests range broadly across nineteenth and twentieth-century British history. His work explores modern urbanism and the city, social movements and social change, public protest, riot, and ‘the crowd,’ space, place, and everyday life, while his teaching focuses on the social and cultural life of modern British cities and the immigrant experience in postcolonial London.

Matthew writes for a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. In addition to Conference Board reports, essays, and blogs on post-secondary education, he writes obituaries for The Globe & Mail, music reviews for Exclaim! magazine, and has written op-eds for The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times,, Popmatters, and This Magazine.

He is a board member of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Education.

Find him on twitter: @MKMcKean

Courses Taught

Carleton University
FYSM1405D: London in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
HIST3902B: Space, Place, and Identity in Multicultural Britain
HIST4500B/HIST5508U: Seminar in British History: The Social and Cultural Life of Modern British Cities
FYSM1405E: End of Empire?: Postcolonial Britain and the Immigrant Experience
HIST3902A: British Decolonization and Post-war Immigration
HIST4500A: Seminar in British History: The Two World Wars in Popular Culture
HIST 3508A: English Society 1500-1914
HIST 2502A: Modern Britain
HIST 3902C: 19th Century British Society and Culture

University of Ottawa
HIS1111: The Twentieth-Century World Since 1945
HIS7338: Seminar in the History of Colonialism and Postcolonialism
HIS2390A: Theory and Practice of Micro-History

Queen’s University
HIST289: England Since 1851
HIST 362: 19th Century British Isles
HIST363: 20th Century British Isles
HIST459: British Society and Culture, 1780-1914