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September 17, 2019
Confessions of a Social Constructionist
What do activist gender scholars get wrong when they talk about the social construction of sex and gender? I offer a critique of my own first book to explain...
July 04, 2019
Canadian Universities Have a Viewpoint Diversity Problem
Universities are becoming ideological monocultures. That's not a good thing for anyone. In this National Post oped I show the problem and spell out some solutions.
October 01, 2018
The Cult of Personal Autonomy
A longform essay in the Literary Review of Canada on why the concept of identity has overtaken both the Left and the Right.
June 30, 2017
Four Secrets of Canada's Success
Here's my oped version - and one historian's answer - to the question: what does Canada have to celebrate after 150 years?
April 21, 2017
Canada 150: What's to Celebrate?
In this year of Canada 150, it’s not uncommon on university campuses to hear a lot of scepticism about “celebrations” of confederation. I suggest historians should be a little more open-minded...
October 28, 2015
History Lessons Cast in Bronze - Globe & Mail
Why did a group of activists force Wilfrid Laurier University to stop erecting statues of Canadian prime ministers on campus?
September 01, 2015
Empire Man - Literary Review of Canada
My review of the new biography of esteemed but controversial Canadian historian Donald Creighton.
January 15, 2014
"Great War Left More Than One Legacy"
What is at stake in commemorating the First World War? My oped on the issue in the Ottawa Citizen
January 08, 2020
The Undoing of History
University enrolment is sliding and yet popular engagement with history is better than ever. I discuss this quandary with Steve Paikin and two other historians on The Agenda.
July 01, 2019
Fun Canadian History stories for Canada Day
Right at the end of this episode of Ontario Morning you'll find me telling some fun stories from Canadian history.
June 18, 2018
Canada's Founding Father Takes Another Hit
A longform interview on Radio Canada International about the John A Macdonald controversy.
May 03, 2018
Breaking Down the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize
The Globe & Mail susses out the five books shortlisted for the best book on Canadian politics
May 30, 2018
John A Award Rebranced
My thoughts in this CP story on removing John A Macdonald's name from the CHA book prize
September 08, 2017
Tear Down This Name!
Transcript of my appearance on The Agenda with Steve Paikin about whether to remove John A Macdonald's name from schools
January 09, 2014
Ignorant of History?
On TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin we discuss whether people are becoming more ignorant of history.