Julie Gilmour

    Assistant Professor, Trinity College, University of Toronto

    Julie Gilmour completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2009. Her thesis: "The Kind of People Canada Wants: Canada and the Displaced Persons, 1943-1953" examined the ways that Canada's local economic needs, international relations and ideas of race intersected to create an enormous policy change in the area of immigration after World War II.  She has recently completed a manuscript for Penguin called Trouble on Main Street: W.L. Mackenzie King, Race, Reason and the Vancouver Riots of 1907 which piqued her interest in questions of race, religion, and vice in the international arena.


    Daniel Gorman

    Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Waterloo

    Dr. Daniel Gorman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.  He was previously Assistant Professor of History at Trent University, and held a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at York University. He is the author of The Emergence of International Society in the 1920s (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Belonging (Manchester University Press, 2007.)  His interests are in the history of international relations and the British Empire, international relations theory, and the UN and decolonization.  He is currently writing a book on colonial influences on the post-1945 development of international governance practices and the UN as a venue for debates over decolonization between 1945 and the 1960s.


    Laura Madokoro

    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

    Laura Madokoro is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Columbia University. She completed her PhD in History at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Her doctoral research examined the history of postwar refugees from China. She is currently working on a history of the medical exclusion of migrants in North America the twentieth century.


    Kevin Spooner

    Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, North American Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Dr. Kevin Spooner is Associate Professor of North American Studies and History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario. He serves as Program Coordinator of Laurier’s North American Studies Program, in which he teaches a number of the core undergraduate courses on Canada. His academic interests include Canadian foreign policy; peacekeeping; race, anti-racism, ‘national’ and ‘regional’ identity(ies); and Canadian historiography. His publications on peacekeeping and Canadian foreign policy include Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-1964 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009), for which he was awarded the 2009 C.P. Stacey Prize. His current research project examines Canadian foreign policy towards English-speaking Africa in the period of decolonization.


    Tyler Turek

    PhD candidate, Western University

    Tyler Turek is a PhD Candidate at Western University working under the direction of Dr. Francine McKenzie. His dissertation blends imperial and international approaches to history to examine the decolonization of the British Commonwealth of Nations from 1920 to 1942. He received his Honours in Political Science (2008) and Master’s in History (2010) from the University of Ottawa.


    Francine McKenzie

    Associate Professor of History, Western University
    William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, WCFIA Harvard University

    Francine McKenzie is the Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard for 2012-2013.  She read history at the University of Toronto, completing BA Hons and MA degrees.  For her doctoral studies she attended the University of Cambridge.  In 2002, she joined the history department at the University of Western Ontario where she is currently an associate professor.  Her research interests are in Canada’s international history, the history of global trade in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, especially from the perspective of the so-called peripheries (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).  She is the author of Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth, 1939-1948: The Politics of Preference and the co-editor of Parties Long Estranged: Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century.  She is currently writing a history of the GATT called Accidental Organization: The GATT and Global Geopolitics 1947-1994 and she is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection, A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500.


    David Meren

    Assistant Professor in the Département d’histoire at the Université de Montréal

    David Meren is an Assistant Professor in the Département d’histoire at the Université de Montréal.  His most recent book is With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms and the Canada-Quebec-France Triangle, 1944-1970, based on research he conducted during doctoral studies at McGill University and as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and Université Paris IV-Sorbonne.  His current work is an exploration of the entangled history of Canadian foreign aid and relations between Aboriginal peoples and Canada from 1945 to 1975.


    David Webster

    Assistant Professor of History, Bishop's University

    David Webster is an assistant professor in the History department of Bishop’s University, located in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He received his BA from York University sand his MA and Ph D from the University of British Columbia while working as a journalist and human rights researcher. He has taught International Relations at the University of Toronto and International Studies at the University of Regina, and also worked as a Kiriyama research fellow at the University of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim.

    Webster is the author of Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World (UBC Press, 2009) and collection editor of East Timor Testimony (Between the Lines, 2004). He has published articles on Asian history and Canada’s trans-Pacific relations in journals including Diplomatic History, Pacific Affairs, and Asia Pacific Viewpoint.


    Heidi Tworek

    Lecturer on History, Harvard University
    Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

    Heidi Tworek currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on History in the History Department at Harvard. She earned her PhD in History from Harvard in 2012 and received a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University with a double first. Her dissertation, entitled “Magic Connections: German News Agencies and Global News Networks, 1905-1945,” examined the networks behind the news to understand how and why German political and economic elites sought to control what events became news nationally and globally. Her publications include “The Creation of European News: News Agency Cooperation in Interwar Europe” (appearing in Journalism Studies in October 2013) and “Peace through Truth? The Press and Moral Disarmament through the League of Nations,” published in Medien & Zeit in 2010. Most relevantly for this conference, she is the project manager for the United Nations History Project (, a website on researching and teaching the history of international organizations. She is also currently organizing the digital collection of Kofi Annan’s papers at Harvard, due to go live in 2014.


    Erez Manela

    Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University

    Erez Manela is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2003. Prof. Manela is the author of the prize-winning book The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford, 2007) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Harvard, 2010), and has published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews. He has lectured across the U.S. and elsewhere, including in Australia, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, and the U.K. He has appeared on radio and in TV documentaries both in the U.S. and abroad. His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among others. He is a member of several editorial boards and co-edits a book series on international and global history for Cambridge University Press.Prof. Manela is currently completing a book that situates the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and '70s within the broader history of the postwar era. His most recent research seeks to reexamine the Sino-American alliance in World War II, and what it meant to both Americans and Chinese.


    Steffen Rimner

    PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University

    Steffen Rimner is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Harvard and Weatherhead Center Dissertation Fellow. His research focuses on international and transnational relations between East Asia, North America and Western Europe, especially between 1850 and 1950. His first book on the origins of global narcotics control is under contract with Harvard University Press.


    Ryan Touhey

    Assistant Professor of History at St. Jeromes University

    Ryan Touhey is an Assistant Professor of history at St. Jeromes University (University of Waterloo) where he teaches Canadian foreign relations, modern Canada, and on modern South Asia. He is the director of the Chanchlani India Policy Centre at the University of Waterloo and he has published on Canada's foreign relations with South Asia in International Journal, the Canadian Historical Review, and the Canadian International Council. He has been a frequent commentator on Canada-India relations on Radio Canada International, in the Globe and Mail, and in India Abroad.


    Michael Szonyi

    Professor of Chinese History and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
    Chair, Committee on Regional Studies of East Asia, Harvard University

    Michael Szonyi is a Professor of Chinese history at Harvard University, where he also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in East Asian Studies and Chair of the Committee on Regional Studies of East Asia A.M. Program. A social historian of late imperial and modern China, he studies local society in southeast China using a combination of traditional textual sources and fieldwork. He is currently working on a book on the social history of Ming military institutions. His previous books include Practicing Kinship (2002) and Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (2008). Szonyi received his BA from the University of Toronto and his D.Phil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has also studied at National Taiwan University and Xiamen University. Prior to coming to Harvard in 2005, Prof. Szonyi taught at McGill University and University of Toronto.


    Mary Sarotte

    Professor of History and International Relations, University of Southern California (USC)

    Mary Sarotte, Professor of History and International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC), is currently a visiting professor in both the history and government departments at Harvard University. Sarotte's most recent book, 1989: The Struggle to Create a Post-Cold War Europe, appeared with Princeton with Princeton University Press on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Foreign Affairs called 1989 a new "classic" and the Financial Times selected it as a "Book of the Year." In addition to receiving the DAAD prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies, 1989 became the first book to win both SHAFR's Ferrell Prize, for the best book on US foreign policy, and AAASS' Shulman Prize, for the best book on Communist foreign policy (co-winner). Mary received her AB from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. She has been a White House Fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


    Henry Yu

    Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    Professor Henry Yu was born in Vancouver, B.C., and grew up in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He received his BA in honours history from UBC and an MA and PhD in history from Princeton University. After teaching history and Asian American studies at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC to help build new programs focused on the trans-Pacific connections between North America, Asia, and the Pacific. Between 2010-2012, he was the project lead for the $1.175 million "Chinese Canadian Stories" project ( involving UBC, SFU, and a wide spectrum of over 29 community organizations across Canada. He is also the co-chair of the City of Vancouver's project, "Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and Immigrant Communities." Currently, he is the principal of St. John's College, UBC, and is working on a trio of book projects that each aim to provide new perspectives on global history and migration history: "Pacific Canada," which explores the history of Canada as an engagement between trans-Pacific migrants, trans-Atlantic migrants, and First Nations and aboriginal peoples; "The Cantonese Pacific," which argues for the importance of understanding three centuries of trans-Pacific migration in the making of the contemporary world; and "How Tiger Woods Lost His Stripes," which examines American fascination with interracial sex.


    Stephen Kosack

    Faculty Associate. Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.
    79 JFK Street T-450B Mailbox 103 Cambridge, MA 02138
    p: (617) 495-8712

    Research interests: Causes of policy making decisions in developing countries; foreign aid; foreign direct investment; education; human development; civil society; and democratic governance.

    Haemin Jee

    Haemin Jee

    Undergraduate Associate; Simmons Family Research Fellow. Department of Government, Harvard College.

    Research interests: Civil society in China; social movements; and intersection between Internet and democratization.

    Lauren O. Libby

    Lauren O. Libby

    Undergraduate Associate. Research Fellow, Weatherhead Initiative on Global History. Concentration in History and Literature, Harvard College.

    Research interests: How psychiatric somatic therapies developed in French North Africa were shaped by colonial and Western medical discourse, as well as how these therapies shaped these discourses in turn.