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Susan Whitney

Associate Professor - 20th c. social and political; modern France; youth and women’s history

Degrees:B.A. (Princeton, magna cum laude), M.A. (Brown), Ph.D. (Rutgers)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1409
Office:420 Paterson Hall

Research Interests                                                     

  • European youth history
  • Women’s and gender history
  • History of communism and Catholicism
  • 20th century French history

Select Recent Publications

Mobilizing Youth Book CoverMobilizing Youth: Communists and Catholics in Interwar France (Durham and London:  Duke University Press, 2009).

Is secularism really better for women?  Sex, niqabs, and the secular state,” Literary Review of Canada, January 2018.

Sisterhood of the Secret Pantaloons:  Suffragists and their descendants,” Literary Review of Canada, Vol. 26, No. 5 (June 2018), pp. 21-22.

H-France Review Vol. 16 (February 2016), no. 29. Holly Grout, The Force of Beauty:  Transforming French Ideas of Femininity in the Third Republic (LSU Press, 2015)

Clio, Régis Revenin, Une histoire des garçons et des filles : amour, genre, sexualité dans la France d’après-guerre (Paris, Vendémiaire, 2015).

H-France Review Vol. 14 (March 2014), no. 52.  Brenna Moore, Sacred Dread:  Raissa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival (1905-1944), (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013).

“Communism: Overview” and “Communism: The Fall of Communism,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, ed. Peter N. Stearns (New York and Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2008), Vol. 2, 265-270 and 276-279.

Public lectures and radio interviews

“French Children and the Great War,” Symposium on Children, Youth and War, Canadian War Museum, November 19, 2016.

Children and War,” CBC Radio, In Town and Out, November 19, 2016.


2017-2018 Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award

Current Graduate Supervisions 

Ann Walton, “Canadian Artists of a Different Age: Postwar Artists and the Role of Creativity in Aging, 1951-,” Ph.D. (co-supervision with Brian McKillop).

Jacqueline Di Barolomeo, “Women Travellers and the Politics of Feminist Selfhood in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” Ph.D. (co-supervision with Andrew Johnston).

Theresa LeBane, “Building a City and Tearing Down Patriarchy: How Three Congregations of Catholic Sisters Contributed to the Advancement of Kingston, Ontario, 1841-1874,” M.A. thesis.

Recently Completed Graduate Supervisions

Mallory Pierce, “We Couldn’t Help Them in Budapest- But We Can Help Them in Canada”: English-Canadian Newspapers and the Hungarian Refugee Influx, 1956-1957,” Master’s Research Paper, 2018. (co-supervision with Norman Hillmer).

Nicole Marion, “Canada’s Disarmers:  The Complicated Struggle Against Nuclear Weapons, 1959-1963,” Ph.D. thesis, 2017.  (co-supervision with Norman Hillmer)

Natalie Hunter, “Making Connections, Imagining New Worlds:  Women, Writing, and Resistance in Paris, 1897-1910,” M.A. thesis, 2016.


Current and Future Courses 

HIST 2508:  France Since 1889 (Winter 2018, Fall 2018)

HIST 3115:  Youth and History (Winter 2019)

HIST 4201:  Seminar in Modern European History: Paris in the Jazz Age (Winter 2019)

HIST 5803:  History of Women, Gender and Sexuality:  Foundations (Fall 2018)