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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-BakerMatt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator

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. Apart from his administrative duties, he works with the archival collections, writes for the Centre’s blogs, and manages the publications inventory.

 

Brittany Dunn, CMH Book Review Editor

E-mail: b[email protected]

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.

 

Katrina Pasierbek, Digital Archivist

E-mail: [email protected]

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.

 

Eliza Richardson, Archivist

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3998

Eliza Richardson graduated with a BA (Hons.) from McGill University in 2014. After a year teaching French, she began her Master’s degree in History at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and also joined the LCMSDS. As a research assistant, she worked closely on the Through Veterans’ Eyes and the Waterloo at War projects, as well as assisting in the archives. Having completed her Master’s degree in 2016 and subsequently starting her doctoral studies at WLU, Eliza is currently running the Laurier Military Archives alongside Katrina Pasierbek.

Eliza’s doctoral research uses First World War Pension files to follow the exceptional postwar lives of the Canadian Army Medical Corps Nursing Sisters.

 

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).

 

LCMSDS-staff-Matt-WMatthew Wiseman, Website and Outreach Manager

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: (519) 884-0710 ext. 4925

Matthew Wiseman joined LCMSDS upon entering doctoral studies in History at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2012. As a volunteer research associate, he worked diligently to organize and index the George Lindsey Fonds before joining the Centre in a part-time capacity. Prior to studying at WLU, Matthew graduated with a H.BA in History and English from Lakehead University in 2009. He continued his studies at Lakehead and earned a Master’s degree in History under the supervision of Dr. Jane Nicholas in 2011.

Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and carried out under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Spooner, Matthew’s PhD dissertation examines scientific defence research in the Canadian North during the early Cold War.

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Dr. Alex Souchen, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

E-mail: asouchen@wlu.ca

Dr. Alex Souchen is a Canadian military historian who specializes in the history of munitions disposal, demobilization, and the Second World War. He received his PhD from Western University in March 2016 and started a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies in May. He is currently working on two major research projects. The first is an international and environmental history of disarmament and the ocean-dumping of conventional and chemical weapons from 1918 to 1972. The other project, which is under contract with UBC Press, is a history of how the disposal of surplus munitions and supplies effected postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation in Canada from 1943 to 1948.

 

Associates

 

Trevor Ford, Research Associate

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Trevor Ford is a former Manager of LCMSDS’ Archives and Library, and is currently a research associate with the Centre.

Trevor graduated with a BA (Hons.) in History from Mount Royal University in 2012 and an MA in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013. Since September 2013 he has been studying for his PhD first at Memorial University then Wilfrid Laurier University where he holds a SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from 2013-2016. Trevor’s research interests surround the rise of domestic intelligence in Canada and the impact the First World War had on this shadowy craft.

PhD Dissertation in Progress: Who Watches the Watchers?: Canadian Military Intelligence, the State, and Society, 1866-1922

 

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