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Dominique Marshall

Professor, Department of History

Degrees:B.A. (Montreal), Ph.D. (Montreal)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2846
Office:412 Paterson Hall

Dominique Marshall is Professor of History at Carleton University. She teaches and researches the past of social policy, children’s rights, humanitarian aid, refugees, disability and technology. She coordinates the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, which supports the rescue of archives of Canadian development and aid, co-directs the Carleton University Disability Research Group, the IDRC funded program Gendered Design in STEAM, and is a Co-Investigator of the SSHRC funded Partnership Local Engagement Refugee Research Network and a member of its Archives, Living Histories and Heritage Working Group.

She has written about Canadian social policies and poor families, the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations, the Conference on the African Child of 1931, and the history of OXFAM in Canada. She was the president of the Canadian Historical Association from 2013 to 2015, a member of the Board of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities (CFSSH) from 2012 to 2017, and the French Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association for 20 years. She has been year-long visiting fellow at the the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Oxford Brookes.  Her book, Aux origines sociales de l’État providence (1998) (available in English as The Social Origins of the Welfare State (2006)) received the Jean-Charles Falardeau Prize (now Canada Prize) from the CFSSH. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa, member of the advisory board of Resilient Humanitarianism funded by the Australian Research Council and of the Ottawa Historical Association, and affiliated to the Institute of Political Economy, the Canadian Accessibility Network and the Institute of African Studies of Carleton University.

Dr. Marshall is accepting graduate students in Canadian history, the transnational history of humanitarian aid, human rights, childhood and social policies, and she welcomes inquiries about specific areas of supervision.

Research Interests

  • Early history of OXFAM in Canada, 1945-present
  • Children’s rights and humanitarian aid to Africa, 1920-65
  • Children’s rights and the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations
  • Social policy, welfare, and the history of families
  • 19th-20th c. Quebec
  • History of disability

Recent Teaching

HIST 1300 The Making of Canada

HIST 2809 Historian’s Craft

HIST 3111 Canadian Humanitarian Aid

HIST 3115 Children and Youth in History

HIST 5315 History of Human Rights Canada

Coordinator of the doctoral comprehensive fields in Canadian History and African History.

Recent Publications

Conclusion”, in Greg Donaghy and David Webster, dir. “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950–2016, University of Calgary Press, 2019, pp. 333-394.

“La Salle de l’Histoire Canadienne: Recension.” The Canadian Historical Review 100, no. 2 (June 2019): 274–279.

“Conclusion”, in Greg Donaghy and David Webster, dir. “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950–2016, University of Calgary Press, 2019, pp. 333-394.

Discours présidentiel: Dessins d’enfants et aide humanitaire : expressions et expositions transnationales/ Presidential Address: Children’s Drawings and Humanitarian Aid: Transnational Expressions and Exhibits”Revue de la Société historique du Canada/Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 26, 1 (2015), pp. 1-65.

“Réponse à “The Tragedies of Canadian International History” : un autre survol historiographique”, Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 96, no. 4 (Winter 2015), pp. 583-589.

“Usages de la notion de « droits des enfants » par les populations coloniales : la Conférence de l’enfance africaine de 1931“, Relations internationales, no. 161, printemps 2015, pp. 43-64.

“The Rise of Coordinated Action for Children in War and Peace: Experts at the League of Nations, 1924–1945”, in D. Rodogno, B. Struck, J. Vogel, eds. Shaping the Transnational Sphere.  Transnational networks of experts and organizations (C. 1850–1930), New York, Berghahn Books, 2014, chapter 4.

La supervision des thèses de second et de troisième cycles et l’ “apprentissage sur le tas”: conversation avec Bettina Bradbury,” A Scholarly Tribute to Bettina Bradbury, Feminist Historian of the Family: A Roundtable Discussion, Labour/Le travail, 74 (fall 2014), pp. 270-275.

“Children’s Rights from Below: Canadian and Transnational Actions, Beliefs, and Discourses, 1900–1989”, in David Goutor and Stephen Heathorn, eds. Taking Liberties.  A History of Human Rights in Canada, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 189-212.

With Julia Sterparn, “Oxfam Aid to Canada’s First Nations, 1962–1975: Eating Lynx, Starving for Jobs, and Flying a Talking Bird,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol. 22, no. 2, 2012, pp. 298-343.

Recent Presentations

“1919 : A Revolution in Children’s Rights. Andrée Colin and the divided loyalties of the League of Nations Secretariat”, Keynote Address, “The People’s Conference: Transnational Legacies of 1919”, Royal Military College, Annual History Symposium, Kingston, November 2019. Also presented to the Ottawa Historical Association, September 2019. 

“Understanding the history of the Ethiopian Red Cross, 1935-1975” and, with Beth Robertson, “People with disabilities and the Red Cross Movement, 1945-85”,  Histories of the Red Cross Movement since 1919, Geneva, 12-14 June 2019.

“Histoires de vie et archives privées dans l’histoire de l’aide humanitaire: questions d’éthique et de droits de l’homme”, Accès: Perspectives des historiens et des archivistes”, Colloque de l’ACFAS, Gatineau May 2019.

“‘CIDA Brings you the World! ‘Children’s Reception of Humanitarian Photographs of Children: 1980-2000”, Panel on Histories of Humanitarianism and (Visual) Media, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Regina, 29 May 2018.

“A passion for history”: A National Survey of the Education Experience of Undergraduate students”, Panel, Toronto, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, May 2017.

Recent Media Contributions

Interview on Confederation for BBC ‘ television series “Great American [Canadian] Railroad Journeys”, Winter of 2018.

Participation à  “Le Canada d’hier à aujourd’hui”, Capsules d’histoire présentées au cours du Téléjournal de Radio Canada, 2017.

With Tyler Owens, “Keith Spicer: Illustrated Maps of Humanitarian Travels in Asia, 1960”, CNHH Blog, 21 April 2017.

With Sonya De Laat, “Treasures of CIDA’s 30-Year-Old Photography Collections: A Visual Perspective on Canadian International Aid“, CNHH Blog, 2 December 2016. Cross-posted in Active History, 6 December 2016.

Introduction of the Active History exhibit entitled “Virtual Histories of Disability and Assistive Devices: An Active History Preview of ‘Envisioning Technologies,’” in Collaboration with Carleton University’s Disabilities Research Group, March 2016.

Interview on children’s rights with Myriam Cyr and Hadjer Remili on the program “3600 secondes d’histoires”, student radio station CHYZ, Université Laval, 25 February 2016.

Recent Supervisions

Honours Research Essays

Oonagh Burns, “Art Picturing Disability in and after World War One.  Uses, Aesthetics and Impacts” (2020).

Malinda Pich, Oral History of Cambodian Refugees in Ottawa, Co-supervision with Laura Madokoro (2019).

Kyleigh Gault, “Teaching Difficult Topics in Ontario high School Curriculum: Lessons Learned from the Outreach Programs of the German T4 Memorial Museums” (2019).

Emily Hill-Smith, “Comfort While Dying: A Transnational History of Paediatric End of Life Care,” Child Studies (2018).


Marvin Phung, Cambodian Refugees in Canada – co-supervisions with Laura Madokro (2020 -).

Madeleine McDougall, Historical context surrounding the life masks collected by Capt. George Comer (2019 –).

Karly Hurlock, Canadian humanitarian aid to India.  MRE. Co-supervision with Norman Hillmer (2018).

Sarah Doersken “The Concept of Schizophrenia in Ottawa: Perspectives of Psychiatry, the Public, and Patients 1883-2013”. Co-supervision with Roy Hanes, Social Work (2014).

Martha Attridge-Bufton, “Solidarity by Association: The Unionization of Faculty, Librarians and Support Staff of Carleton University (1973-1976)” (2014).


Stephen Osei-Owusu, Humanitarianism and Mining in Colonial Gold Coast – co-supervision with Candace Sobers. (2020 -).

Federica DeSisto, African refugees in Italy. (2019 – ).

Helen Kennedy, Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention and the Relationship between Military and Humanitarian Assistance in Bosnia, 1992-1995 (2018 – ).

Sandy Barron,  Education of deaf children in Canada, Co-supervision with Kristin Snoddon, Ryerson University (2017 -).

Suki Lee, “Women, mental health, artistic expression and confinement in late 19th century Montreal” (2015- ).

Andriata Chironda, “Narrators, Navigators and Negotiators : Foreign Service Officer Life Stories from Canada’s Africa Refugee Resettlement Program, 1970 to 1990,” Co-Supervision with James Milner, Political Sciences (2019).

Post PhD

Katherine Rossy, Children of the Holocaust, SSHRC, Co-supervision with Jennifer Evans (2019 – ).

Jill Campbell-Miller, Canadian engineers and Indigenous Peoples at home and abroad, SSHRC (2018 – ).

Beth Robertson, IDRC, Gender and Technology, Co-supervised with Bjarki Hallgrimsson, School of Design Engineering, (2020).