Elspeth Brown,

Historian: markets, visual culture, gender, sexuality

I advise graduate students in the University of Toronto’s Department of History and Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in the fields of US history (mostly 20th century); history of sexuality; business history and commercial culture; gender studies; and photography/visual culture studies. Graduate students are working on a range of questions at both the MA and PhD levels.


Cait McKinney is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto researching how queer and feminist social movements use new digital technologies to create and circulate information.

Nicholas Matte is a politically-conscious interdisciplinary historian whose research interests include the historical, social and scientific constructions of bodies in relation to sex, gender, sexuality, health, disability and race.

PhD Primary Advisor – In Progress

A 5th year PhD student, Elizabeth's research focuses on photography, affect and trauma in the Philippine-American War.

Juan Carlos' research explores the queer cultural production during the 1970s and 1980s in North America

Kira's work concerns the history of psychology, capitalism, and the self. 

PhD Primary Advisor - Completed

Rikke Andreassen is an Associate Professor at Roskilde University in Denmark. Her work focuses on media representation of minorities and gender, race, and sexuality. 

Dr. Gillian Mitchell is a lecturer in Modern American History at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in theUnited Kingdom. She is a specialist in 20th century music in the US and UK.

Caleb has recently completed a PhD in the Department of History titled "Energing the Right: Economy, Ecology and Culture in the 1970s American Energy Crisis.”

Michael Pettit is a historian of science whose teaching and research centre on the emergence of psychology as a science, discipline, and profession. 

PhD Students, Committee Member – Completed

Holly Karibo completed her PhD in the Graduate Collaborative Program in History and Women’s Studies in 2012.

Amy Milne-Smith is joined the faculty at Wilfred Laurier University in Fall 2011 as an assistant professor of Modern Britain/British Empire. She was previously an assistant professor of Modern European history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Nina completed her PhD in History in 2012. Her dissertation was entitled "Enrich Yourselves! Commercial Advertising, Popular Print Culture, and Soviet Americanism in the Era of the NEP" (supervisor, Thomas Laheusen).

Marlis Schweitzer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at York University where she teaches courses on performance and commodity culture, Broadway musical theatre, and nineteenth-century popular entertainment. She is the author of When Broadway Was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion, and American Culture. 

Carla Hustak researches the histories of whiteness, gender, sexuality, emotions, colonialism, science, and the environment. Her dissertation historicizes affect in the context of the racial, class, and sexual politics of early twentieth century white middle class sex reformers.

Brian Razi graduated with a PhD in History from the University of Toronto in 2012 (supervisor, Michelle Murphy). He is now an Assistant Professor in the school of information studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Some people may know him as Brian Beaton. His cross-disciplinary work concerns the history of ideas, the history of knowledge, and the history of information.

Allana C. Lindgren is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria. She was on the board of the Society of Dance History Scholars from 2007 to 2010.

Camille Bégin is a scholar of U.S cultural history, her research focuses on sensory history and material culture.

Dr. Elizabeth Jewett is the W.P. Bell postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.

Dr. Jenny Carson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University.

Amish Morrell researches the history of photography and visual studies. 

Benjamin Pottruff's current research investigates a violent series of anarchist-inspired assassinations and bombings that haunt the history of the second industrial revolution in the United States.

Dr. Laurie K. Bertram is the Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

Sarah Tracy researches the politics of food, life, and health/debility in North America.

Jenene Wiedemer completed a PhD on anesthesia and popular entertainment in the 19th century. 

MA – University of Toronto

Sajdeep Soomal is a researcher, archivist and emerging curator based in Toronto, ON who investigates the relationship between the market, visuality and activism. 

Sarah Mumford researches the history of American popular culture in the Cold War, particularly visions of  apocalypse in film, and the construction of national identity in comic books.  

My work examines histories of business, capital and the social sciences as they intersect with intimate relationships, especially in the family.

Daniel Guadagnolo was a 2010/2011 MA candidate in the Department of History, University of Toronto. He researches the cultural history of commercial advertising in the United States.

Sarah Tuite completed her Masters at the University of Toronto in 2001. Her major paper was titled "Masculinity, Race, and the Right to Violence: The 1982 Lynching of Vincent Chin."

Kathryn was a 2008 students in the MA - History program at U of T. Her research investigated 19th century railroad, mapping, tourism, and the internal colonialism of the U.S. West. 

Cari Merley completed her MA thesis, The New 'Peril of Pauline': Alcoholism, Female Masculinity and Gender Deviancy in Postwar America, with Dr. Brown in 2001.

Kate Richard's MA thesis (2008) investigated American Cold War cultural diplomacy in India. 

Marlo's MA (2006) work charted the relationship with continuing education programs for women in the United States between 1960 and 1978. 

Rommel completed his MA on hegemonic masculinities in commercial gaming during the 1980s. 

Elaine wrote her MA thesis on gender and race in the San Francisco settlement house movement. 

Devan completed his MA in Public Policy during a summar placement program, where Elspeth supervised his research. 

Completed MA research on Savannah, Georgia.

Monica Varey's MA examines the impact of pin-up models on American society during World War II. 

Amie Lalonde completed her MA in History in 2017 about Soviet and American exhibitions that took place in summer 1959.

MA – Ryerson University, Photography

Kristin Dudley is a multidisciplinary artist who works as a photographer, graphic and web designer, painter, curator, collections manager and archivist.

Marissa Potvin is a photography scholar interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century depictions of mysticism. 

Rick Slater's MA thesis examined the aesthetic and philosophical underpinnings of Life and Time's coverage of the 1972 democratic convention. 

Sarah's MA thesis quantitatively analyzed Kodak film advertisements between 1900 and 1925. 

PhD Committee Member - In Progress

Kelsey Kilgore charts the interplay of the US military and film industrial complexes during the 20th century.

Celeste Pang is a PhD Candidate in Social-Cultural and Medical Anthropology researching how interdependent social relations and institutions shape how LGBTQ older adults experience and are positioned within networks of care in Canada.

Amanda Wedge is a PhD candidate analyzing the relationship between bears and humans within late nineteenth and early twentieth century culture and conservation movements in the United States.

Michaela Rife is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Art who considers centers around the question of how regions and localities develop a settler land use identity, facilitated by (or reflected in) art and visual culture.

Thomas Blampied is a first year PhD student in the Department of History, researching toys and play in the United States from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Justin Douglas is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History who explores how organizations, particularly banks and financial firms, participated in and responded to the emergence of both global financial data infrastructures and the introduction of complex financial models and equations.

Talia Regan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation analyses the short fiction of William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, and Dorothy Parker within the context of their publication and reception histories.