After a 30-year absence I returned to higher education in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in history at Canada’s York University under supervisor Carolyn Podruchny. In 2012 I received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the federal government in support of my doctoral research, and was awarded the William E. Taylor Fellowship as the outstanding doctoral award recipient by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In April 2015 I was awarded my PhD after defending my dissertation “Stone of Power: Dighton Rock, Colonization, and the Erasure of an Indigenous Past.” I was awarded a Dissertation Prize by York University, and in 2016 I received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. I held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Susan Roy at the University of Waterloo, during which I delivered the Sal Weaver Memorial Lecture for the department of anthropology. A revised version of my dissertation, incorporating additional research, was published in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press as The Place of Stone; it was released in paperback in late 2021. In 2018, I published with McGill-Queen’s University Press Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History, a finalist for the Wilson Prize in Canadian History, and delivered the Edward S. Rogers Lecture in Anthropology at the Royal Ontario Museum. In May 2022, McGill-Queen’s published Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson, the Birth of the Group of Seven, and the Great War.
Conference papers and lectures
Copies of the papers below are available by request
Pseudohistory and the Demarcation Problem (Canadian Historical Association 2014)
White Tribism, Lost Tribes, and the Multiple Migration Displacement Scenario (Sal Weaver Memorial Lecture, University of Waterloo, 2016, and Ethnohistory 2016)
Yroquet’s World: Champlain, Trade, and Indigenous Deathways (Circles of Interaction Conference, 2015)
I can be found on the Humanities Commons. You also can find samples of my academic work, including some conference papers, at Researchgate.