Principal Investigator

Laura Madokoro, Associate Professor, Department of History, Carleton University

Laura Madokoro’s research explores the history of migrants, refugees, humanitarians and state authorities in shaping the possibilities and experiences of refuge. She is the author of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard, 2016) and co-editor of Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada’s International History (UBC, 2017). She is co-director of Histoire Sociale / Social History, a member of the editorial collective at and a member of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Research Team

Helen Kennedy, Graduate Student, Carleton University

Helen Kennedy is a PhD candidate in the Department of History studying international intervention and humanitarian action in Bosnia. Her research is focused on how international institutions describe people affected by conflict and what that discourse can tell us about policy decisions. She is most interested in contributing to a thoughtful conversation about the protection of civilians in times of complex crises. Helen is a member of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History and the Global Institute for Research Education and Scholarship.

Research Assistants

Natalie Amato, Graduate Student, Carleton University

Natalie is a graduate student completing a Masters in History with a specialization in Digital Humanities. Her master’s research examines the creation of the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1947 and investigates considerations given to ethnic and gender minorities, and Indigenous peoples in how the Act might apply to them.  She is also currently completing a research project funded by the Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship that explores the National Arts Centre Archives focusing on the first decade of the English theatre program and the influences of Canada’s Official Multiculturalism Policy.  In her free time, you will likely find her with a coffee in hand, watching food programs, baking the occasional dessert, playing volleyball and crocheting toques.

Bethany Duberville, Undergraduate Student, Carleton University 

Bethany Duberville is majoring in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies with a double minor in Korean and Forensic Psychology. She enjoys studying history as a hobby, and took one of Professor Madokoro’s classes as an elective during her 1st year of undergrad at Carleton. In her free time, Bethany enjoys embroidering, journaling, video games, and playing with her cat, Thackery Binx.

Arden Hody, Graduate Student, Carleton University

Arden Hody is a Masters student in Public History and Curatorial Studies. Working at the intersection of museology and death studies, her Masters’ research critically examines the display of mortuary objects at the Royal Ontario Museum. Arden is passionate about the democratization of museums and challenging the ways in which museums perpetuate colonial narratives. In her free time Arden enjoys taking long walks and relaxing with her research associate, Prudence the cat.

Rebecca Lloyd, Undergraduate Student, Carleton University 

Rebecca Lloyd is an undergraduate student at Carleton University currently working on her Bachelor of Global and International Studies with a major in Global Politics. She has a wide arrange of interests including the study of refugees and migrants, economics, foreign affairs, history and development. She would like to pursue a career in the diplomatic arena. In her free time, you will find her watching the latest films, working out and traveling when COVID allows.

Lauren Rollit, Graduate Student, Carleton University

 Lauren Rollit is a graduate student in Public History. Her research explores approaches to reconciliation and decolonization within local history spaces in Canada. She is passionate about the relationship between history and community, and about the role of local history organizations in challenging colonial historical narratives. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading poetry, knitting, and drinking great iced tea.

Yavuz Selim Topbas, Undergraduate Student, Carleton University

Yavuz Selim Topbas is a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management student specializing in International Policy Studies, with a concentration in International Relations & Conflict. Originally from Hamilton, ON, his interests in public policy brought him to Canada’s capital, where he has also done various internships in various fields in the federal government. Also interested in business, Yavuz Selim has involved himself in multiple small businesses ranging from vintage fashion to plush doll manufacturing. Aside from his interest in history, he also considers learning languages, motorcycling, and art as hobbies.

Valerie Wood, Graduate Student, Carleton University

Valerie Wood is completing a Masters in Public History alongside a Curatorial Studies Diploma. Her children’s picture book, Vee In Between, scheduled for publication in 2023, forms the centrepiece of her graduate research on how children’s literature can be used to tell the history of transracial Chinese-Canadian adoption. She is passionate about challenging traditional historical narratives in a way that centres the lives and experiences of marginalized peoples. In her free time you will find her cat cuddling, dog walking, and horseback riding.

Project Manager

Amy Fung, Graduate Student, Carleton University

Amy is a PhD Candidate at The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. She has been working with historian and dissertation supervisor, Dr. Laura Madokoro, on racialized loss and the politics of mourning in the Canadian context. Amy recently published an article, “Is Settler Colonialism Just Another Study of Whiteness” (Canadian Ethnic Studies, 2021) and has published extensively on contemporary art including a non-fiction book, Before I was a Critic I Was A Human Being (Book*hug Press, 2019).