Supervision and Teaching

Direct research training is an important part of undergraduate and graduate studies. Each year Michel supervises students as either part of my ongoing research projects or in my areas of expertise. Interested students are encouraged to contact him directly. Michel is a core faculty member and supervises and teaches courses in the following graduate programs:

Below are the current and past undergraduate and graduate projects Michel has supervised. Links have been provided to the profiles, when available, of former and current students (typically LinkedIn).

Current Doctoral Students:

  • Amanda Lino. Topic: The Promotion of Resource Development in Ontario. PhD in Forest Sciences, Lakehead University
  • Joel Kilpi. Topic: Finnish Workers, the Industrial Workers of World, and the Pacific Coast. PhD in Political, Societal, and Regional Change University of Helsinki (co-supervisor)
  • Temitope Ojo. Topic: Comparative Forest Communities and Development. PhD in Forest Sciences, Lakehead University

Current Masters Students:

  • Breann Dawson. Topic: History of Education in Thunder Bay. MA History Major Research Project
  • Nicolas Duplessis. "Post-War Labour at the Lakehead." MA History Thesis.
  • Emily Hodgins. Topic: Community History and Natural Resource Development in Northern Canada. MA History Major Research Project.
  • Hanna Johnson. Topic: Religion and Community Development in Scandinavia and Thunder Bay. MA History Thesis. 
  • Sierra Lemonius-Walker. Topic: Museums and Immigrant Communities. MA History Major Research Project.
  • Mary Francis Maarup. "The Leadership of Women in the Development of Thunder Bay, 1960 to 1990." MA History Thesis.
  • Richard MullinCote. Topic: St. John Ambulance in Thunder Bay. MA Major Research Project.
  • Mackenzie Normandeau. Topic: Oral Histories. MA History Major Research Project.

Completed Masters Students:

Theses (100-150 pages)

Major Research Papers (50-70 pages)

  • 2019. Jasmine Hyslop. "The Port Arthur Mechanics' Institute: Education and Entertainment in a Northern Town." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2018. Brett Starrs. "An Analysis of Canadian Immigration Policy: A Case Study of Fort William and Port Arthur Through Print Media in the 1950s and 1960s." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2018. Greg Johnsen. "The Game Comes Here: The Origins of Organized Sport in Thunder Bay." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2016. Luana Buckle. "Foodway Transitions from Middle-Class Britain to Nineteenth Century Ontario." MA History Major Research Project. 
  • 2016. Kyle Duckworth. "The Hunt for the Arctic: Re-Evaluating Arctic History and Mutiny." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2016. Richard Mastrangelo. "Echo and Features: Steep Rock Iron Mine and the Shaping of Corporate Culture." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2015. Ka Lun Wong. "Understanding the Dragon: Ethnicities of Chinese-Canadian Immigrants, 1858-1997." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2015. Aaron Macmillan. "Postwar Removal of Discriminatory Clauses from Immigration Policy, 1947-1976." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2015. Nicholas Sottile. "One Trick Ponies: A Comparative Analysis of the Development of Two Single-Industry Towns in Northwestern Ontario." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2014. Jordan Lehto. "Queering the Postwar High School: Queer Male Youth at the Lakehead, 1945-1965." MA History Major Research Project (specialization in Women's Studies).
  • 2013. Denise Munro. "“Moral and Social Reform at the Lakehead: Conceptualized Anglo-Protestant Notions of Race, Class, and Gender within Two 1913 Social Surveys." MA History Major Research Project (specialization in Women's Studies).
  • 2011. David Blanchard. "Terrace Bay and the North Shore's Post-war Economic and Cultural Identity, 1947-1967." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2011. Gordon Stover. "Thunder Bay's Response to Trudeau Government Policies." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2010. Chelsea DeGagne. "Soldiers and Politicians: Civil-Military Relations in Fort William and Port Arthur, 1850-1938." MA History Major Research Project.
  • 2009. Nicole Durocher. “Imperialism or Social Reform: An Examination of Attention Paid to Immigrant Mothers in Port Arthur and Fort William in the Early Decades of the Twentieth Century.” MA History Major Research Project (co-supervised with Ernie Epp).
  • 2009. Steve Ross. "William Lyon Mackenzie King, Domestic Anti-Japanese Hostility, and Foreign Policy Determinants, 1907-1942." MA History Major Research Project (co-supervised with Jean-Yves Bernard).
  • 2008. Laura Nigro. "Female Discrimination or Cultural Maintenance?: The Hearing of Giovannina Ruberto-Martinie vs. the Italian Society of Port Arthur." MA History Major Research Project (co-supervised with Lori Chambers)

Current and Completed Honours Thesis and Public History Project Students:

  • 2019. Christine Green. "Reframing Canadian History Through A Northwestern Ontario Regionally Based Lens: Regionally Based Grade Ten Canadian History Lesson Plans." Public History Project.
  • 2019. Katerina Fesithauer. "The Sykes-Picot Agreement: Why it Matters" (proposed museum exhibit). Public History Project. 
  • 2018. Mackenzie Normandeau. "Education Kits on Indigenous History and Industrial Thunder Bay." Public History Project.
  • 2018. Jayne Alexander. "Thunder Bay's Great Depression: A Photographic Exhibit." Public History Project.
  • 2018. Mathew Jollineau. "Script for a Dramatization of The North West Company in Rebellion."  Public History Project.
  • 2018. Megan Sanders. "Alumni Association of Lakehead University Processing and Finding Aid Project." Public History Project.
  • 2010. Gabriel Harpelle. "Anarchy in Quebec: A Survey of the Anarchist Movement, 1864 to 1960." History Honours Thesis.

Teaching (past six years):

Undergraduate
HIST 1100 - The Making of the Modern World
HIST 2510 - The Americas to 1870
HIST 2715 - History of the Circumpolar North (cross NORT)
HIST 3303 - Ontario History
HIST 3312 - Canadian Labour History
HIST 3314 - The History of the Canadian North (cross NORT, Type E: Indigenous Content)
HIST 3330 - The North American Fur Trade (cross INDI and NORT, Type E: Indigenous Content)
HIST 3830 - Public History
HIST 4001 - Women and Labour in Canadian History
HIST 4313 - Issues in the History of Northern Ontario (cross NORT, Type E: Indigenous Content)
HIST 4830 - Community Placement
NORT 1111 - Introduction to the Circumpolar North (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 1112 - Introduction to the Canadian North (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 2715: History of the Circumpolar North
NORT 3111 - Peoples and Cultures I (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 3112 - Peoples and Cultures II (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 3211 - Land and Environment I
NORT 3311 - Contemporary Issues I (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 3312 - Contemporary Issues II (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 3314 - The History of the Canadian North (Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 3330 - The North American Fur Trade (cross INDI and HIST, Type E: Indigenous Content)
NORT 4111 - Canada and the Circumpolar World
NORT 4311 - Advanced Seminar in Northern Studies
NORT 4313 - Issues in the History of Northern Ontario (cross HIST, Type E: Indigenous Content

Graduate

Master Level
HIST 5301 - Topics in Canadian History / HIST 5731/33 - Approaches to Canadian History
HIST 5320 - Topics in Northern Ontario History
HIST 5320 - Twentieth Century Canadian Socialism
HIST 5701 - Comparative Colonial North American Societies
HIST 5731/33 - Approaches to Ontario History
HIST 5731/33 - Canadian Political and Labour History
HIST 5701 - Victorian Society and Culture in Canada
HIST 5701 - Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Canadian History
NECU 5711 - Concepts in Ethnohistory

Doctoral Level
NRMT 6610 - Forests, Communities, and History
NRMT 6610 - Resource Development in the Canadian North
Approaches to North American History (doctoral seminar, University of Helsinki)
Approaches to North American Labour History (doctoral seminar, University of Helsinki)