THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY consists of a dynamic group of active scholars and students engaged in cultivating knowledge and providing new appreciations of the past. Undergraduates are organized in the University of Guelph History Society, graduate students number more than forty active on campus at any one time, and postdoctoral scholars are integrated into the life of the Department.

History at Guelph offers undergraduate Honors majors and minors as well as an area of concentration to students in the General B.A. Program. The Department has also been providing high quality graduate instruction at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels for over four decades. Our graduates serve in diverse professions, with many employed at universities across Canada and around the world. Our faculty serves broad constituencies, but specializes in the social and cultural history of the transnational Atlantic world, its rural environments, and the migratory processes that have influenced identity formation and hybridity globally.



History MA Grad Matthew Piper on Nazi Animal Protection Laws

The Nazis are remembered for their brutality and cruelty, so it is surprising to many that when the party was in power it also passed laws to protect animals. Matthew Piper, who recently graduated from U of G with a Master’s Degree in history, became intrigued by these apparent contradictions and made them the focus of his thesis. He successfully defended in January.

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Susan Armstrong-Reid's New Book is Here!


Adjunct Professor, Dr. Susan Armstrong-Reid has completed new book on the life and work of Canada’s foremost international nurse, Lyle Creelman: The Frontiers of Global Nursing. Creelman parlayed her experience as a community health nurse in British Columbia into significant international appointments, including Chief Nursing Officer of the World Health Organization (WHO). The book is published by University of Toronto Press. Congratulations from all of us!

Richard Reid's New Book is Here!


Professor Emeritus, Dr. Richard Reid has completed new book on the African Canadians who volunteered to fight during the American Civil War: African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in America's Civil War. The book is published by University of British Columbia Press this May. Congratulations from all of us!



Food Historian Ian Mosby Featured on the Famous "Caker Cooking" Blog


Our own Dr. Ian Mosby tells us he has officially achieved the dubious distinction of having one of his family recipes featured on the well-known Caker Cooking Blog. The dish in question: the "glistening, jiggling and milky-green caker classic,” Lime Cheese Salad (see photo!). The blog celebrates Canadian cuisine constructed of convenience foods and homey ingredients. Bon Appétit!


Rural History Roundtable at College Royal


This year's College Royal will be featuring 7 display cases dedicated to showing 90 years of the history of College Royal, put together by some of our agricultural history students. The launch and display will be on Monday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in McLaughlin Library, Academic Town Square (by William's coffee). See you there! Get the flyer .pdf


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