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Nicole Marion

Doctoral Candidate

Degrees:B.A. (Carleton), M.A. (Ottawa)

Current Program

Ph.D., History, Carleton University, 2011-present.


Drs. Norman Hillmer and Susan B. Whitney

Academic Interest

Public responses to foreign policy and social movements in 20th century Canada; specifically Cold War anti-nuclear weapons activism and peace campaigns.

Select Publications and Presentations

Marion, Nicole. “An Unexpected Ally: Diefenbaker’s Foreign Policy and the Canadian Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement.” Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON, Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Marion, Nicole. “’Surely a mother has a right:’ Anti-Nuclear Activists as Parents.” Paper presented at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, May 28, 2014.

Hurrell, Casey, Nicole Marion and Joseph Scanlon. “Kingston and the ‘Prevailing Malady:’ The Limestone City and the ‘Spanish flu.’” Paper presented at the Kingston Historical Society, Kingston, Ontario, May 21, 2014.

Marion, Nicole. “’For the Children’s Sake’: Canadian Cold War Anti-Nuclear Activists and the Discourse of Parenthood.” Paper presented at the Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, March 7, 2014.

Marion, Nicole. “Evaluating an ‘Unspeakable Horror:’ The Discourse on War in Canadian Newspapers in the Face of the 1938-1939 Czechoslovakian Crises.” Paper presented at the Pierre Savard Graduate Student Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, March 23, 2012.

Marion, Nicole and Joseph Scanlon, “Mass Death and Mass Illness in an Isolated Canadian Town: Coping with Pandemic Influenza in Kenora, Ontario in 1918-21,” Mortality 16 (4) (November 2011): 325-342.

Teaching Experience

HIST 3810A: Historical Theory, Fall 2014.

Teaching Assistant:

  • Introduction to Canadian History (N. Hillmer), Winter 2015
  • Historical Theory (J. Opp), 2013-2014, (S. Spike and D. Banoub), Winter 2013
  • Empire and Globalization (D. Kinsey), Fall 2012
  • The Making of Europe (P. Nelles and D. Kinsey), 2011-2012

Description of Research

My dissertation, entitled “Banning the Bomb: Canadian Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1957-1963,” will be the first comprehensive examination of Canadian anti-nuclear activism from 1957 to 1963. It will argue that an appreciation of anti-nuclear movements is central to a broader understanding of how Canadians responded to the Cold War. In seeking to uncover why, when, and how anti-nuclear movements mobilized in Canada, my research will demonstrate not just how these protesters were outsiders in debates about Canadian national security, but how they appropriated the languages and practices of mainstream politics as activist Canadian and global citizens. My general research interests include public responses to Canadian foreign policy, social movements, humanitarianism, gender, and sexuality.