Scholars 2015

2015 Past - Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources


L. MacKinnon photo

Concordia University, Department of History

“When the Furnace Died: An Oral History of Deindustrialization in Atlantic Canada, 1967-2001”


January 2017

I defended by PhD thesis at Concordia University in September 2016.

In October 2016, I began a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies, Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This project, titled, "Deindustrialization and the State: Fighting Disparity in Atlantic Canada and the Scottish Highlands, 1956-2001," is a transnational examination of working-class experience that emerges directly from my doctoral research.

A co-edited volume,  produced by myself, Dr. Steven High, and Dr. Andrew Perchard is now available for pre-order through the University of British Columbia Press. "The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places" will officially become available on 1 June 2017. 

In February 2017, I was named as a Dobbin Atlantic Scholar by the Ireland Canada University Foundation. This award will bring me to the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland to conduct further research on regional economic development, 20th century industrial policy, and transnational working-class oral history.

The Dan David Scholarship provided me with a solid foundation to build my academic career, and I would like to take the time to thank you again for the support. It was very much appreciated, and it absolutely helped me to find success in my chosen field.