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Sandy Barron

Ph.D. Candidate

Degrees:B.A. (Mount Allison), M.A. (Calgary)

Current Program:

Ph.D. History (2016)


Dr. Dominique Marshall and Dr. Kristin Snoddon

Academic Interests:

State formation, Deafness, blindness, education, Western Canada, sign language accommodation in historical legal proceedings, Oralism, responses to military casualties in Canada post-1914, national composition of the First Canadian Army (1942-1945).

Select Publications and Current Projects:

Current project:  ‘Evidently of the Kind Who Have Very Little of the Milk of Human Kindness’: Disability, Education, and State Formation in Western Canada, 1880-1930. PhD dissertation, Carleton University.

Barron, Sandy R. “’The World is Wide Enough for Us Both’: The Manitoba School for the Deaf at the Onset of the Oralist Age, 1889-1920.Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, (March 2017): 63-84.

Barron, Sandy R. “’Thinking it Savors of the Miraculous’: The Manitoba Institute for the Deaf and Dumb and the Growth of Deaf Public Life in Manitoba, 1884-1909.” M.A. thesis, University of Calgary, 2016.

Barron, Sandy R. “’An Excuse for Being So Bold’: D.W. McDermid and the Early Development of the Manitoba Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, 1888-1900.Manitoba History 77 (Winter 2015): 2-12.

Select Conference Contributions:

“The Manitoba School for the Deaf at the Onset of the Oralist Era, 1888-1920.” Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, Carleton University. March 2016.

“’Thinking it Savors of the Miraculous:’ The Late Nineteenth-Century Methods Debate and the Manitoba Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, 1888-1920.” University of Calgary History Department Colloquium Series Talk, January 14, 2016.

“Accommodation of Deaf Defendants at the Old Bailey, 1725-1820.” New Frontiers Graduate History Conference, York University. January 2015.

Teaching Experience:

  • HIST 3907B: History of Disability, Late Summer 2018, Carleton University
  • HIST 3116A: History of Disability, Late Summer 2019, Carleton University

Description of Research:

My project will provide a reevaluation of Western Canadian state formation using the topic of educational accommodation of Deaf and visually impaired students. I will examine how advocacy by and for those with sensory disabilities pushed late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century institution building and compulsory education in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba. It will use a transnational perspective, taking into account the influence of recent Deaf British immigrants and American institution building.