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Pamela J. Walker

Professor - Modern British, gender and women’s history, history of Christianity and missions, history of race and racial identity in historical perspective

Degrees:B.A. (Concordia), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Rutgers)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1197
Office:417 Paterson Hall

From 2007 to 2012, I was the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education (CIE) at Carleton University. The CIE provides a variety of programs to support non-traditional students entering BA studies.

From 2011 to 2014 I was Joint Chair in Women’s Studies/Chaire Conjointe en Etudes des Femmes, a research and teaching position held jointly by Carleton University and University of Ottawa. I taught a variety of graduate courses in women’s studies. I organized several conferences including in March 2014, “Sex Work After Bedford: Legal Reform in Canada”. The conference included Catherine Healy (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective), Libby Davies, MP, Alan Young (Osgoode Law), Valerie Scott (activist and plaintiff in the Bedford case), and representatives of several important sex worker rights groups along with research scholars from across Canada. The event was filmed by CPAC and has been broadcast on that channel. It is available on the CPAC website.

Research Interests

  • Modern Britain
  • Women’s and gender history
  • The history of Christianity
  • The history of race

My current research project, “Missions to the Metropolis” asks what does it mean to be white and British. It examines race, Protestantism and gender in three British mission projects from 1870-1914. British Protestants were deeply engaged with colonial missionary work in the late nineteenth century. During these decades, Jewish immigrants to Britain posed new challenges to the idea of the Protestant nation. Many British women were dedicated to converting these newcomers. Transatlantic religious movements, encouraged by innovations in steamship travel and telegraph cables and long-standing missionary zeal, aimed

to introduce new religious ideas and practices to Britons from the United States. This complex interplay of evangelical and missionary activities with different origins and targets but all at work in Britain allows a reconsideration of how Protestantism, an anchor of national identity, was remade and how that sheds light on British ideas of a gendered racial identity.

Select Honours and Awards

Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer, Women’s Studies in Religion, The Divinity School, Harvard University, 1993-94

Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, 2002

SSHRC Standard Research Grant 2007-2010

Select Publications

Pulling the Devil’s Kingdom Down: The Salvation Army in Victorian Britain (Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2001)

Beverly Mayne Kienzle and Pamela J. Walker, Women Preachers and Prophets Through Two Millennia of Christianity, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

“Gender, Radicalism and Female Preaching in Nineteenth Century Britain: Catherine Booth’s Female Preaching” Strangely Familiar, Nancy Koyzis editor, Boston: Society for Biblical Literature, 2009: 171-184.

“Women’s Preaching” Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain 1800-1940, Sue Morgan and Jacqueline deVries, eds. London: Routledge, 2010: 94-116.

“Adoption and Victorian Culture” History of the Family 11 (2006): 211-221

“The Conversion of Rebecca Jarrett” History Workshop Journal 58 (2004): 247-258.

“Interview with Dorothy Thompson” Radical History Review 77: 4-19. Translated and reprinted in Arts Historia Societat 23:23-29

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Maren Wood (2004), “Men Behaving Badly: Humour and the (Re)presentations of Masculinities in Late Victorian Popular Culture, 1885-1895″
PhD in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.
Current Position: Founder and executive director Lilli Group

Kirsten Leng (2005) “Eine Politikerin von Top to Bottom: Rethinking the Life and Legacy of Eleanor Marx” (Political Economy)
PhD in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor 2011.
ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University with the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality 2013-2014.
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015- present

Melissa Horne (2008) “Built for Mind and Spirit: The Socialization of Race Through Higher Education at Fisk University and Spelman College, 1881-1930”
PhD in History, Rutgers University 2016.
Current position: Alumni Officer, Students and Young Alumni, University of Waterloo

Brittony Chartier (2012) “Reversing the Gaze: Wasu, the Keys, and The Black Man on Europe and Western Civilization in the Interwar Years, 1933-1937”, co-supervision with Prof. A. Bennett

Jill Thayer (2013) “What has happened to the Neighbourhood: Gentrification in Mechanicsville and Hintonberg, Theories and Approaches”, Women’s and Gender Studies, co-supervision with Prof. F. Klodawsky.