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Dominique Marshall

Professor & Chair

Degrees:B.A. (Montreal), Ph.D. (Montreal)
Office:400 Paterson Hall

Dominique Marshall is the History Department Chair at Carleton University. She teaches Canadian and Quebec history of poverty and welfare, families and childhood, state formation, as well as the transnational history of humanitarian aid, and Political Economy. She has written about the history of the Canadian welfare state, the history of children’s rights, and the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations. Her current research is about 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, and  the French Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association for 20 years. She was trained at the Université de Montréal, with stays at Boston University, and the London School of Economics. 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 the Canada Prize) from the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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

Research Interests

  • Early history of OXFAM in Canada, 1945-present – Coordinator of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History
  • 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 – Co-Primary Investigator of the Carleton University Disability Research Group
  • History of Carleton University

Recent Honours and Awards

Recent Publications

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.

“International Child Saving”, in The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World, Paula Fass, ed. Fall 2012, pp. 469-489.

“Birth Registration and the Promotion of Children’s Rights in the Interwar Years: The Save the Children International Union’s Conference on the African Child, and Herbert Hoover’s American Child Health Association”, Registration and Recognition. Documenting the Person in World History, Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter (eds), Proceedings of the British Academy, 182, 2012, pp. 440-473.

Recent Presentations

“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.

“Oxfam Canada et l’ACDI: aide humanitaire et formation de l’État canadien, 1960-2016”, “A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016”, 13 December 2016, Ottawa.

Writing New Histories of Humanitarianism: Public Roundtable Discussion“, Chadwick Lecture Theatre , University College, Gower Street London, United Kingdom, December 2016.

“Aide humanitaire et monde commun: Pratiques et perceptions quotidiennes au Canada du XXe siècle”, Colloque des étudiants diplômés en histoire de l’Université Laval, ARTEFACT, 17 February 2016.

Panel on Sochi, human rights and historians: “Transnational Histories of Academic Freedoms and LGBT Human Rights, and the CHA’s Defense of Historians at Home and Abroad”, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Brock University, May 2014, Pre-Conference Roundtable Sochi and Beyond: Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation, Human Rights, and the Practice of History.  Podcast in Active History on November 28, 2014.

“Oxfam Canada and the Aid to Salvadorian Refugees in Honduras in the 1980s,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Carleton University, 3 April 2013. With Erika Muñoz RA, History, Carleton University.

Recent Media Contributions

Interview on Confederation for BBC ‘ television series “Great American [Canadian] Railroad Journeys”, to be aired in the Winter of 2017-18.

Participation à  “Le Canada d’hier à aujourd’hui”, Capsules d’histoire présentées au cours du Téléjournal de Radio Canada, 18-24 août 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

Jacob Forrest (2014), “’How Many Houses They Can Afford’: The Politics of the CMHC’s Economic Research, 1934-1953″.

Emilie Hill-Smith, Child Studies: Hospice and end of life care for children, ongoing.


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

Karly Hurlock – Canadian humanitarian aid to India, 2017.  Co-supervision with Norman Hillmer, ongoing.

Heather Moore, “History of prison parole in Canada”, ongoing.

Chris Ryan, “Low Rental Housing in Ottawa in the Post-War Years, The Case of Overbrook”. Co-supervision with Bruce Elliott, ongoing.

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


Sandy Barron, Education of deaf children in Canada, ongoing. Co-supervision with Kristin Snoddon, School of Language Studies, ongoing.

Suki Lee, “Women, mental health, artistic expression and confinement in late 19th century Montreal”, ongoing.

Will Tait, “Canadian Christian Missionary Influences on Secular Non-Governmental Agencies, 1945-1990”, ongoing.

David Tough (2013), 
”The Rhetoric of Dominion Income Taxation and the Modern Political Imaginary in Canada, 1910-1945.”

Jessica Haynes (2012), 
”The Great Emancipator? The Impact of the Birth-Control Pill on Married Women in English Canada, 1960-1980”