I am a photography historian and Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. My education includes a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Alberta, as well as executive education programs in university leadership and crisis management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School.
In addition to teaching and research, I have also served in a variety of roles in senior academic administration, including appointments as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta. Currently, I am engaged as Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Alberta Press.
My research lies in the history of photography in Canada c.1860-1940, with a particular interest in women's photographic practices and archives of women in photography.
Geographically, my work has focused on two regions: One is Quebec where the archives of the Notman Studio of Montreal, one of North America's largest and most successful studios and which employed many women are located, as are the archives of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec, which for many decades had its own photography studio in the convent in Quebec City.
The other region is Alberta, where women photographers, writers, and artists were abundant between the opening of the CPR to public travel in 1886 and the start of the Second World War. Photographs and graphics of women were also abundant during that time. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff is especially notable for its vast archive of women's photographic work in the Rocky Mountains. Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, Mountain Cairns Series,l 2017) and This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada (University of Alberta, Press, Mountain Cairns Series, 2006; third printing 2016) draw on the wealth of materials located in public and private archives and collections in Banff, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Connecticut, and elsewhere.
Book talk, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, 2017), at the Canadian Mountain Network Mountain Festival, University of Alberta, December 7, 2017.
Book talk, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, 2017), at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Thursday, October 5, 2017.
Book launch and lecture, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press), at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Thursday, September 28, 2017.
This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, June 18 - October 15, 2017.