LCMSDS-staff-MarkHMark Osborne Humphries, Director

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3309

Mark Humphries completed his BA and MA at Wilfrid Laurier University and his PhD at Western University. He has published five books and more than a dozen articles on the military history of Canada, focusing primarily on the First World War. He is currently working on a book on shell shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and leading a research team, including fellow Laurier professors Terry Copp and Cynthia Comacchio, investigating the hidden histories of Great War veterans and their families. This SSHRC funded project will create a major digital archive of several hundred thousand pension files in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada.

LCMSDS-staff-TerryCTerry Copp, Director Emeritus

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3700

Terry Copp is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. Terry’s recent publications include Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe (UTP, 2006) and Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy (UTP, 2003). His Paper “Towards a New Balance Sheet: 21 Army Group in Normandy” published in John Buckley (ed.) Normandy Sixty Years On (Frank Cass, 2006) extends his revisionist approach to military history to the British army in the Second World War.

The Canadian Defence Academy commissioned Guy Simonds and the Art of Command for publication in early 2007 and Combat Stress in the 20th Century: The Commonwealth Experience for 2010, coauthored with Mark Humphries.

Terry also authored No Price Too High: Canadians and the Second World War which led to the acclaimed television series No Price Too High where he was the lead military historian.

Matt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Projects Manager

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 2080

Matt Baker received his MA in history in 2011 from Wilfrid Laurier University after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2009. Matt was introduced to LCMSDS during graduate school, where he focused on recruiting in Ontario during the First World War and participated in the War & Memory battlefield tour. Prior to joining LCMSDS in March 2014, Matt worked in commercial archaeology, surveying and excavating historic and pre-contact sites in southwestern Ontario.

Brittany Dunn, CMH Book Review Editor

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Brittany Dunn graduated with a BA (Hon.) from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and a MA in History from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2016. During her time as a MA student, she worked on the Through Veterans’ Eyes project as well as participated in a tour of First World War sites in France and Belgium. She began her doctoral studies at WLU in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Mark Humphries. Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Brittany’s research examines how Canadian soldiers in the First World War reacted to the death of the trenches and mourned for their fellow combatants.

Kyle Falcon, Website Manager

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Kyle Falcon is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests include war and memory with a specific focus on the First World War, the history of science, and religion and society. His dissertation focuses on the ways in which spiritualism and psychical research was part of the Great War’s battlefield and home front experiences, as well as the war’s cultural memory in Britain.

Katrina Pasierbek, Archives Manager

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Katrina Pasierbek began her doctoral studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Mark Humphries. Her research focuses on First World War battlefield tourism throughout the interwar period. Working alongside Eliza Richardson, Katrina oversees digital content for the Laurier Military History Archives.

Katrina graduated with a BA (Hons.) from King’s University College and earned her BEd and MA from Western University. Before joining LCMSDS, Katrina worked in the museum and heritage field as an education coordinator and exhibit researcher. Most notably, her research is featured in Canadigm’s “Souterrain Impressions,” a First World War exhibit currently touring Canada.

LCMSDS-staff-LyndsayRLyndsay Rosenthal, Publications and CMH Manager

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 2322

Lyndsay Rosenthal completed her BA through Athabasca University in partnership with Mount Royal University and her MA at Memorial University where she examined the experiences of shell-shocked veterans in the interwar period. Since September 2014 she has been pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mark Humphries at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her current research on sexuality in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Eric Story, Outreach Manager

Eric Story received his B.A (‘15) from the University of Saskatchewan and his M.A. (’16) from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University studying the history of tuberculosis in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of Canada.

He has published two articles on the First World War and its aftermath. He is also the host of On War & Society, a monthly podcast about the latest scholarship in the field of war and society studies.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Kandace Bogaert, Cleghorn Fellow in War & Society


Kandace is currently the Cleghorn Fellow in War and Society, within the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies and the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her background is in anthropology and history. She is interested broadly in the history of health and disease, from infectious diseases to mental illness, and what the treatment and perception of these ailments can reveal about human society in the past. Her current research projects are focused around the long-term family impact of soldier deaths from ‘flu in 1918, and soldier deaths by suicide during the Great War. In 2015, Kandace completed her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, where she studied the 1918 influenza pandemic among soldiers in Canada. From 2016-2018, she was a post-doctoral research fellow, studying the long term consequences of war trauma, at the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Student Associates

 Alexander (Alec) Maavara
Alec Maavara is a student research assistant at LCMSDS. He is currently studying for his Masters in history at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a specialization in First World War British civil defence policy.

Paul Esau

Paul Esau began his doctoral studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Spooner. His research focuses on Canadian government initiatives regarding arms control and disarmament in the immediate post-Cold War period.

Paul works alongside Matt Baker to oversee the LCMSDS’s partnership with the Canadian Landmine Foundation, creating regular newsletters and podcasts as well as managing the Foundation’s web presence.

Contact Information

Matt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator
[email protected]
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2080

Mailing Address
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Physical Address
232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

Business Hours
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Saturday to Sunday: Closed


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