J. Andrew
History Department Faculty
Census Committee
Position / Title: 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

(519) 824-4120 ex. 52279
2014 MacKinnon Extension





Ph.D. University of Western Ontario, 2008
M.A. University of Western Ontario, 1994
B.A. McGill, 1993



University of Guelph, Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2010-
University of Western Ontario, Centre for American Studies, Visiting Lecturer, Fall 2009
University of Guelph, Department of Economics, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, 2008-2009
University of Western Ontario, Management and Organizational Studies (MOS), Visiting Lecturer, Winter 2009



Business and labor history in the 19th and 20th centuries
Sports and cultural history

"I am a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century business, labour, culture, and sport history. I am also interested in problems relevant to historical database linkage techniques, anthropometric studies, globalizing organizations, and sport management.

As an undergraduate I studied European History at McGill University, and for graduate work became interested in North American business history, completing a master's thesis at the University of Western Ontario on Canadian piano manufacturing. My subsequent PhD research was supported by SSHRC, OGS, and Fulbright grants, and resulted in a dissertation, "Hockey Capital: Commerce, Culture and the National Hockey League, 1917-1967" (UWO, 2008), that examined the business and labour history of the elite commercial hockey industry in its formative years. I have produced several journal articles and book chapters, and plan to have it published as two monographs in the next few years.

As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph Historical Data Research Unit, I am working on an exciting digital humanities project that is devising an automated system to link people in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Canadian, American, and British censuses. This project is supported by a CFI grant and will soon make possible sophisticated longitudinal and transnational studies of the Canadian population across historical time and geographic space. My particular research interest is the study of occupational change, labour market patterns, and occupational mobility of Canadian immigrants and emigrants, especially businessmen and entrepreneurs.

At Guelph, I have taught HIST*3060 (American Society), HIST*3660 (Canadian Social History) as well as ECON*2720 (Business History), ECON*3720 (A History of the World Economy from 1850 to present), and ECON*3730 (Europe and the World Economy to 1914).  - Andrew


Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2015).

"Hockey Capital: Commerce, Culture and the National Hockey League, 1917-1967." Ph.D. Diss. University of Western Ontario, 2008.

editor, with Andrew D. Smith. Canada’s Entrepreneurs, From the Fur Trade to the 1929 Stock Market Crash: Portraits from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. University of Toronto Press, 2011.

"The Paradox of Conn Smythe: Hockey, Memory, and the Second World War,” Sport History Review 37 (May 2006), 19–35.

“Hockey Capital: Approaches to the Study of Sports Industry,” Business and Economic History On-Line 3.