Tarah Brookfield

Tarah-BrookfieldDr. Tarah Brookfield


Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University


Tarah Brookfield teaches in the history program and youth and children’s studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. Her past and current research focuses on Canadian women’s political activism and child welfare work during the World Wars and Cold War. She is also interested in how children perceived and responded to the threat of nuclear war. She is the author of Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity (2012) which examined women’s varied responses to Cold War civil defence, nuclear weaponry, and the Vietnam War. She is currently writing a historiography of women, war, and peace in Canada with co-author, Sarah Glassford and an analysis of the peace education programs for adults and youth on Grindstone Island.

Select Publications

“The Fasting Granny vs. The Trudeau Government: Demanding an End to the Canadian Presence in Vietnam,” Worth Fighting For: War Resistance in Canadian History, eds. Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney. (Toronto: Between the Lines, Press, 2015) 187-200.

“Until the world deserves them”: Representations of Apocalyptic Childhoods in The Day After, Testament, and Threads,” in The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema, ed. Debbie Olsen (Lexington Books, 2015) 129-152.

Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety and Global Insecurity (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012). 290 pp.

“Maverick Mothers and Mercy Flights: Canada’s Controversial Introduction to International Adoption,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 19(1) 2008, 307-330.

“Divided by the Ballot Box: The Montreal Council of Women and the 1917 Election,” Canadian Historical Review, 89(4) December 2008: 473-501.


2014 Shortlist, C.P. Stacey Award Winner.

2013 Shortlist, Political History Prize Best Book.

2013 Finalist, Canada Prize for the Social Sciences.

2012 Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association.

2009 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, York University.

Graduate Supervision

Women and War; Children and War; Cold War; Peace Movements; Canada at War