Department Members Awarded SSHRC Grant to Explore Historic Espionage Case

A new project being undertaken by Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu (Professor of History), Dr. David Ratz (Adjunct Professor of History), and Dr. Kari Alenius (Professor and Head of the History, Culture and Communications Research Unit at the University of Oulu) have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

"The Martin Incident: Espionage, the Image of Canada, and Forgotten Lessons" explores an international case of Russian espionage in the 1930s. A person using the alias Mary Martin, holding a fraudulently obtained Canadian passport, was arrested along with many of her associates in Helsinki, Finland on 27 October 1933. It was a case which involved most of the major state security services in North America and Europe and uncovered one of the most extensive international spy rings at that time. The project will explore this largely forgotten incident and understand the repercussions it had internationally on not only Canada’s role within international security and intelligence but also Canada’s role in global affairs. 

Dr. C. Nathon Hatton Recent Publishing of Book Chapter

The Department of History congratulates Dr. C. Nathan Hatton in his recent chapter published and his continued contributions of research and writing.


The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm

First interdisciplinary exploration of sporting injury and harm draws out intersecting issues to do with sporting harm and gender, race, policy, democracy and capitalism Has most relevance in the US, but contains a global spread of chapter authors and highlights a range of international cases (Source: Springer Link)


Dr. Hatton wrote the chapter, "'Though He Was Evidently Suffering Great Pain, He Bore it Well': Public Discourse on Benefits, Risk and Injury in North American Wrestling , 1880-1914" (pp. 87-112).

colour photo book cover of The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm

Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Announces Biennial Publications Awards January 2022

The Department of History congratulates award recipients Dr. Peter Raffo J.P. Bertrand Award, and Mr. Greg Johnsen (MA 2018) Ernest R. Zimmerman First Publication Award, and further congratulations to all the recipients and nominees. The Thunder Bay Historical Museum has issued this announcement in their press release, this year’s winners in their categories are:

M. Elizabeth Arthur Award:

full-length scholarly works

Benidickson, Jamie. Levelling the Lake: Transboundary Resource Management in the Lake of the Woods Watershed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019.

J.P. Bertrand Award:

scholarly articles

Raffo, Peter. “Saul Laskin and the Making of Thunder Bay.” Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLVIII (2020): 5-39.

Gertrude H. Dyke Award:

full-length popular works

Skrepichuk, William P. Troop Treks of 1885: Documents and Illustrations (Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2019.

George B. MacGillivray Award: popular articles

Lavoie, Edgar J. “Pioneering a Great Circle Route in Northern Ontario: Von Grounau’s ‘Greenland Whale’ Overnight in Longlac,”: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Papers and Records XLVII (2019), 76-85.

Ernest R. Zimmermann First Publication Award

Johnsen, Greg. “’Bats and Balls Have Been Sent For’: The Beginnings of Baseball in Thunder Bay, 1875-1889.” Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLVII (2019): 86-106.

 For a complete list of nominees that includes faculty members Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu and Dr. David Ratz, and, alumni Elinor Barr, David Blanchard, and John Potestio go to the link