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Kathryn M McPherson

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Department of History

Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: 2140 Vari Hall (DUS Office); 142 Founders College
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 66968 (DUS Office); 66925 (142 Founders College)
Email: dushist@yorku.ca; kathryn@yorku.ca

Media Requests Welcome
Accepting New Graduate Students

Degrees

PhD, Simon Fraser University
MA, Dalhousie University
BA (Honours), University of Winnipeg

Professional Leadership

2021-2023 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept of History, Faculty of LA&PS, York University
2014-2019 Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
2013 Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University (Jan. 1-June 30, 2012)
2002-2007 Chair, School of Women’s Studies, York University (on leave July 1, 2002-June 30, 2003)
2002-2005 Macdonald Prize Committee, Canadian Historical Association (Chair 2003-2005)
1994-1997 CHA Council, Elected Member (Teaching History" Portfolio)
2004-2019 Co-Director, Histoire sociale/Social History

Community Contributions

2013-2018 Board Member, Associated Medical Services (AMS)
2002-2005 Macdonald Prize Committee, Canadian Historical Association (Chair 2003-2005)
1995-2005 Executive, Margaret Allemang Centre for the History of Nursing
1992-2001 Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, Research Advisory Committee (Chair 1999-2001)

Research Interests

History , Women, Work, Health, Nursing, Sport Histories
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award, York University - 2015
  • Marion Dewar Award, National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History - 2006
Books

Publication
Year

2003 Women, Health and Nation: Canada and the United States Since 1945, Gina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li and Kathryn McPherson, eds. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2003

1999 Gendered Pasts: Historical Essays on Femininity and in Canada, Kathryn McPherson, Cecilia Morgan and Nancy Forestell, eds. (Toronto: Oxford University Press) . Reprinted 2003.


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Did Medicare Make Nursing Work Invisible” in Esyllt Jones, James Hanley and Delia Gavrus, eds. Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions, Opportunities (Winnipeg MB; University of Manitoba Press, 2022)

2022

2017 “Gender and Confederation” Canada Watch. Reprinted Canada @ 50: Competing Perspectives on Confederation ed. By David Cameron, Jacqueline Krikorian, Marcel Martel and Robert Vipond (Toronto: University of Toronto Press)

2017

2012 “Home Tales: Gender, Domesticity and Colonialism in the Prairie West, 1870–1900”, in Jarvis Brownlee and Valerie Korinek, ed. Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women's History in Canada (Festschrift for Sylvia Van Kirk) Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012.

2012

2003 “Nursing and Colonization: The Work of Indian Health Service Nurses in Manitoba 1945-1970” in Gina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li and Kathryn McPherson, eds. Women, Health and Nation: Canada and the United States Since 1945, (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2003

Monographs

Publication
Year

1996 Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990 (Toronto: Oxford University Press). Reprinted 2003


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Assessment of Robert Sweeny, Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal 1819–1849" Journal of the Canadian Historical Association Revue de la Société historique du Canada, 28, 2 (2017): 115-120

2017

Assessment of Robert Sweeny, Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal 1819–1849

2017

“Imagining Gerontological Nursing: Canadian Nurses and Eldercare, 1905-70” Journal of Canadian Studies, 15, 2 (Spring 2016): 422-445.

2016

2013 “Rethinking Veronica Strong-Boag” Invited paper “Veronica Strong-Boag, Canadian Feminist Historian: An Assessment and Appreciation” Atlantis, 36, 1 (2013): 126-29.

2013

“Global Football: An Introduction”, with Stephen Brooke, Histoire sociale/Social History vol. 45, no. 90 (November 2012): 217-219.

2012

“Guest Editor’s Note: Accounting for the Importance of Home-Place, Landscape, and Identity in Canadian Health Care Services” Nursing History Review 21 (2013): 76-78.

2012

2005 "Appraising Cole Harris’ Making Native Space", forum with Keith Thor Carlson, Sarah Carter, Kate McPherson, and James Murton, with a response by Cole Harris, Native Studies Review 16, 2 (2005) pp. 125-149.

2005

2000 “Was the Frontier ‘Good’ for Women? Historical Approaches to Women and Agricultural Settlement in the Prairie West, 1870-1900” Atlantis 25, 1 (Fall 2000): 75-86

2000

1996 "Carving Out A Past: The Canadian Nurses Association Memorial and the Creation of Nursing History" Histoire Sociale/Social History special issue on Festival, Spectacle, and Popular History 29, No. 58 (November 1996): 417-29.

1996

1995 "'The Country is a Stern Nurse:' Rural Women, Urban Hospitals and the Creation of a Western Canadian Workforce, 1920-1940" Prairie Forum (Fall 1995): 175-206.

1995

Other

Publication
Year

“Nurses and their Work: Oral Histories of Nursing 1920-1940” Oral History Collection, Provincial Archives of Manitoba

1987



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST2500 6.0 A Canadian History LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST6030 6.0 A Selected Topics In The Hist. Of Canada SEMR

Degrees

PhD, Simon Fraser University
MA, Dalhousie University
BA (Honours), University of Winnipeg

Professional Leadership

2021-2023 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept of History, Faculty of LA&PS, York University
2014-2019 Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
2013 Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University (Jan. 1-June 30, 2012)
2002-2007 Chair, School of Women’s Studies, York University (on leave July 1, 2002-June 30, 2003)
2002-2005 Macdonald Prize Committee, Canadian Historical Association (Chair 2003-2005)
1994-1997 CHA Council, Elected Member (Teaching History" Portfolio)
2004-2019 Co-Director, Histoire sociale/Social History

Community Contributions

2013-2018 Board Member, Associated Medical Services (AMS)
2002-2005 Macdonald Prize Committee, Canadian Historical Association (Chair 2003-2005)
1995-2005 Executive, Margaret Allemang Centre for the History of Nursing
1992-2001 Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, Research Advisory Committee (Chair 1999-2001)

Research Interests

History , Women, Work, Health, Nursing, Sport Histories

Awards

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award, York University - 2015
  • Marion Dewar Award, National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History - 2006

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Did Medicare Make Nursing Work Invisible” in Esyllt Jones, James Hanley and Delia Gavrus, eds. Medicare’s Histories: Origins, Omissions, Opportunities (Winnipeg MB; University of Manitoba Press, 2022)

2022

2017 “Gender and Confederation” Canada Watch. Reprinted Canada @ 50: Competing Perspectives on Confederation ed. By David Cameron, Jacqueline Krikorian, Marcel Martel and Robert Vipond (Toronto: University of Toronto Press)

2017

2012 “Home Tales: Gender, Domesticity and Colonialism in the Prairie West, 1870–1900”, in Jarvis Brownlee and Valerie Korinek, ed. Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women's History in Canada (Festschrift for Sylvia Van Kirk) Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012.

2012

2003 “Nursing and Colonization: The Work of Indian Health Service Nurses in Manitoba 1945-1970” in Gina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li and Kathryn McPherson, eds. Women, Health and Nation: Canada and the United States Since 1945, (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2003

Books

Publication
Year

2003 Women, Health and Nation: Canada and the United States Since 1945, Gina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li and Kathryn McPherson, eds. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press)

2003

1999 Gendered Pasts: Historical Essays on Femininity and in Canada, Kathryn McPherson, Cecilia Morgan and Nancy Forestell, eds. (Toronto: Oxford University Press) . Reprinted 2003.


Monographs

Publication
Year

1996 Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990 (Toronto: Oxford University Press). Reprinted 2003


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Assessment of Robert Sweeny, Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal 1819–1849" Journal of the Canadian Historical Association Revue de la Société historique du Canada, 28, 2 (2017): 115-120

2017

Assessment of Robert Sweeny, Why Did We Choose to Industrialize? Montreal 1819–1849

2017

“Imagining Gerontological Nursing: Canadian Nurses and Eldercare, 1905-70” Journal of Canadian Studies, 15, 2 (Spring 2016): 422-445.

2016

2013 “Rethinking Veronica Strong-Boag” Invited paper “Veronica Strong-Boag, Canadian Feminist Historian: An Assessment and Appreciation” Atlantis, 36, 1 (2013): 126-29.

2013

“Global Football: An Introduction”, with Stephen Brooke, Histoire sociale/Social History vol. 45, no. 90 (November 2012): 217-219.

2012

“Guest Editor’s Note: Accounting for the Importance of Home-Place, Landscape, and Identity in Canadian Health Care Services” Nursing History Review 21 (2013): 76-78.

2012

2005 "Appraising Cole Harris’ Making Native Space", forum with Keith Thor Carlson, Sarah Carter, Kate McPherson, and James Murton, with a response by Cole Harris, Native Studies Review 16, 2 (2005) pp. 125-149.

2005

2000 “Was the Frontier ‘Good’ for Women? Historical Approaches to Women and Agricultural Settlement in the Prairie West, 1870-1900” Atlantis 25, 1 (Fall 2000): 75-86

2000

1996 "Carving Out A Past: The Canadian Nurses Association Memorial and the Creation of Nursing History" Histoire Sociale/Social History special issue on Festival, Spectacle, and Popular History 29, No. 58 (November 1996): 417-29.

1996

1995 "'The Country is a Stern Nurse:' Rural Women, Urban Hospitals and the Creation of a Western Canadian Workforce, 1920-1940" Prairie Forum (Fall 1995): 175-206.

1995

Other

Publication
Year

“Nurses and their Work: Oral Histories of Nursing 1920-1940” Oral History Collection, Provincial Archives of Manitoba

1987



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HIST2500 6.0 A Canadian History LECT
Fall/Winter 2022 GS/HIST6030 6.0 A Selected Topics In The Hist. Of Canada SEMR