Publications and Research

Michel’s research typically explores the social, economic, and political history of Northern Ontario and has been funded by a number of agencies such as SSHRC and IDRC. The author/editor of a number of books, his work has also been published in a number of edited collections and in the journals Action Research, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Journal of Northern Studies, Faravid: Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja, Left History, and Ontario History. His research and community work has been recognized by a number of awards, including Lakehead University’s Distinguished Researcher Award (the highest honour conferred by Lakehead for research and scholarly activity). Click here for information on exhibits, film, and media projects.

Recent Publications (last 5 years)

Ratz, David K. and Michel S. Beaulieu. "Guard Duty for the Garries: Soldiers, Internees and the History of POW Camp R." Canadian Military History 33, no. 1 (2024). https://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol33/iss1/20/

Morrison, Jean, ed. The Northwest Company in Rebellion: Simon McGillivray’s Fort William Notebook, 1815, a new preface and edits by Michel S. Beaulieu and Thorold J. Tronrud. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2023.

Nigro, Laura, Lori Chambers, and Michel S. Beaulieu. “Women Not Welcome: Martinie v. the Italian Society of Port Arthur.” In Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume XII: New Perspectives on Gender and the Law, edited by Lori Chambers and Joan Sangster, 275-303. Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the University of Toronto Press, 2023.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Thorold J. Tronrud, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records LI (2023).

Nicol, Heather, Michel S. Beaulieu, and Diane Hirshberg. "The University of the Arctic (UArctic) as a Non-State Actor in the Circumpolar World." In Non-State Actors in the Arctic Region, edited by Nikolas Sellheim and Dwayne Menezes, 63-77. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2022.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Jenna L. Kirker. "The Continued Evolution of Fort William and Port Arthur into the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada." In Twin Cities across Five Continents: Interactions and Tensions on Urban Borders, edited by Ekaterina Mikhailova and John Garrard, 35-47. London and New York: Routledge, 2022.

Tronrud, Thorold J. and Michel S. Beaulieu, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records L (2022).

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Walter Peace. World Book Encyclopedia, s.v. “Ontario,” pages 764-787. Chicago: World Book Encyclopedia, 2022.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Thorold J. Tronrud, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLIV (2021).

Beaulieu, Michel S. “'But there is another source of liberty and vitality in our country:' Louis St-Laurent and Regional Development." In The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent: Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada, edited by Patrice Dutil, 222-242. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2020.

Beaulieu, Michel S. "It is better to retreat now than be crushed altogether": Questions of Ethnicity and the Communist Party of Canada at the Lakehead.” In Left Transnationalism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, edited by Oleska Drachewych and Ian McKay, 337-359. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Lemelin, Raynald Harvey, Michel S. Beaulieu, and David Ratz. "'Everything Changed!' - The Ramification of the Second World War on the Canadian North." Journal of Tourism Futures 6, no. 1 (2020): 83-90.

Beaulieu, Michel S. Zapamiętaj Mnie: The Life of Janina Kokocinski. Thunder Bay: Privately published, 2020. 

Beaulieu, Michel S. "Political Mapping: Louis St-Laurent’s 1949 Tour of Western Canada." Findings|Trouvailles (November 2020). https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/findings-trouvailles/2020/11/political-mapping

Beaulieu, Michel S. Review of One Job Town: Work, Belonging, and Betrayal in Northern Ontario, by Steven High. University of Toronto Quarterly “Letters in Canada 2020” 89, no.3 (Summer 2020): 570-71.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Beth Boegh, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLVIII (2020).

de Ruiter, Brian and Michel S. Beaulieu with special thanks to Erno Rossi. “Outside the Barbed Wire Fence: Oral History and German POWs in Wainfleet Township.” Findings|Trouvailles (April 2020). https://champlainsociety.utpjournals.press/findings-trouvailles/2020/04/outside-the-barbed-wire-fence?

Foreword to George Duncan, Thoreau MacDonald’s Sketches of Rural Ontario. Toronto: Ontario Historical Society, 2020. 

Blanchard, David and Michel S. Beaulieu. “The Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Terrace Bay.” Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records 47 (2019): 107-120.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Beth Boegh, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLVII (2019).

Beaulieu, Michel S., David Ratz, and Ronald Harpelle. eds. Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.

Beaulieu, Michel S., David K. Ratz, Thorold J. Tronrud, and Jenna L. Kirker. Thunder Bay and the First World War, 1914-1919. Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2018.

Beaulieu, Michel S. “Finnish-Canadian Contributions to Early Socialist Organizations.” In Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada, edited by Michel S. Beaulieu, David Ratz, Ronald Harpelle, 29-50. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.

Beaulieu, Michel S., David Ratz, and Ronald Harpelle. “Writing about the Finnish-Canadian Immigrant Experience.” In Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada, edited by Michel S. Beaulieu, David Ratz, Ronald Harpelle, 1-28. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.

Beaulieu, Michel S. and Beth Boegh, eds. Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XLVI (2018).