Ph.D. Queen's University, 1989
M.A. Queen's University, 1984
B.A. University of Guelph, 1982
University of Guelph, 1988-
Canadian rural history, especially:
pioneer family and community life
Areas of research for graduate supervision
Canadian rural history
Irish immigration to Canada
Other Ongoing Projects
Founder and Director of the Rural Diary Archive website: https://ruraldiaries.lib.uoguelph.ca/
Being Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Neighbourhood in Southern Ontario, 1830-1960 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022).
> Finalist for the Canadian Historical Association's Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize
Tenants in Time: Family Strategies, Land, and Liberalism in Upper Canada 1799-1871 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009).
> winner of the 2008 Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History awarded by the Champlain Society
> winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s CLIO Award for Regional History
> winner of the Ontario Historical Society’s tri-annual J.J. Talman Award
A New Lease on Life: Landlords, Tenants and Immigrants in Ireland and Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994).
> nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction
> winner of the Ontario Historical Society's Fred Landon Award for Regional History
Articles and Book Chapters
"The Farm Diary: An Intimate and Ongoing Relationship between Artifact and Keeper," Agricultural History, 92:2 (Spring 2018).
“A Manly Art: Plowing, Plowing Matches, and Rural Masculinity,” Canadian Historical Review, 95: 2 (June 2014).
> winner of the 2014 Canadian Historical Review Article Award from the Canadian Historical Association
"Reciprocal Work Bees and the Meaning of Neighbourhood," Canadian Historical Review 82, no. 3 (September 2001): 431-464.
"Tenancy as a Family Strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century Ontario," Journal of Social History 31, no. 4 (Summer 1998): 875-896
"The Scotch-Irish and Immigrant Culture on Amherst Island, Ontario," in Ulster and North America: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Scotch-Irish, edited by H. Tyler Blethen & Curtis Wood, Jr. (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1997).
"Demographic and Attitudinal Trends on the Irish Islands, 1891-1946," in Canadian Papers in Rural History 5 (1986): 235-261.
with A. Brookes "Working Away from the Farm: The Young Women of North Huron 1910-1930," Ontario History 77, no. 4 (1985): 281-300.