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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Cecilia Louise Morgan

Cecilia Louise Morgan

phone: (416) 978-1209

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Research Overview

Dr. Morgan's research interests are in the areas of gender, colonialism, and imperialism in the British Empire; the writing of Canadian history at a popular level in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ontario; and the links between gender, culture, and imperial identities. She has just published two books on the history of commemoration and memory in Canada and another on the history of settler societies in the British Empire, 1783-1920. Her latest book is "Travellers Through Empire: Indigenous Voyages From Early Canada" (McGill-Queen's University Press,2017).

She is presently working on a manuscript from her last SSHRC-funded project, English-Canadian Actresses on Transnational and Imperial Stages, 1860s-1940s and is writing a number of book chapters and journal articles on the memorialization of war, commemoration in Canada, and the history of tourism and gender. Dr. Morgan is also putting together a major research project on the history of elite Loyalist settler families in Upper Canada/19th century Ontario, focussing on the Hamilton-Jarvis family of Queenston and the Harris family of London.

Her future research projects include work on the history of theatrical families, the history of theatre and the military in British North America, and North American theatre's engagements with spectacles of empire and nation, manifested in the Actors' Fund Fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Ph.D., Department of History, University of Toronto, 1994
M.A., Department of History, University of Toronto, 1988
B.A., History/Women’s Studies, University of Toronto, 1987

Teaching Overview

Dr. Morgan has taught the following courses at OISE and in the Department of History:

• TPS/CTL1426H - History of Gender and Education in Canada
• TPS1425H - Class Formation and its Relation to the Schools
• TPS/CTL 1448H - Popular Culture and the Social History of Education II
• TPS1460H - History and Educational Research
• TPS/CTL1427H - History and Commemoration, Canada and Beyond, 1800-1990s
• TPS/CTL1430H - Gendered Colonialisms, Imperialisms, and Nationalisms in History

HIS466 - Upper Canada: Creating a Settler Society, 1783-1860
HIS466 - History of Commemoration and Public History in Canada, 1800s-2000

Representative Publications


Travellers Through Empire: Indigenous Voyages From Early Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017)> 

Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies Within the British Empire, 1783-1920 (University of Toronto Press, 2016). 

Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory 1850s-1990s (University of Toronto Press, 2016). 

Creating Colonial Pasts: History, Memory, and Commemoration in Southern Ontario, 1860-1980  (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

‘A Happy Holiday’: English-Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930 (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Colin M. Coates and Cecilia Morgan, Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord (University of Toronto Press, 2002).

Public Men and Virtuous Women: the Gendered Languages of Religion and Politics in Upper Canada 1791-1850   University of Toronto Press, 1996).



‘“The joy my heart has experienced”: Eliza Field Jones and the Transatlantic Missionary World, 1830s-1840s,’ Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton, eds., Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada.  (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016).

‘Site of Dispossession, Site of Persistence: The Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) at the Grand River Territory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,’  Alan Lester and Zee Laidlaw, eds., Indigenous Communities and Settler Colonialism: Land Holding, Loss and Survival in an Interconnected World.  (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). 

‘Mr. Moses Goes to England: Twentieth-Century Mobility and Networks at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario,’ Jane Lydon and Jane Carey, eds., Indigenous Networks and Transnational’ Cultures: Exploring Trajectories of Mobility, Exchange and Border Crossing.  (London: Routledge Press. Fall 2014).


‘”Write me.  Write me.”: Native and Métis letter-writing across the British Empire, 1800-1870,in Kirsty Reid and Fiona Paisley, eds., Writing the Empire: Interventions From Below (London: Routledge Press, 2014). 

‘”That Will Allow Me to be My Own Woman”: Margaret Anglin, Modernity, and Transnational Stages, 1890s-1940s,’ eds. Angela Woollacott, Desley Deacon, and Penny Russell, Biography Across Boundaries: Transnational Lives, Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010.

‘Celebrity Within the Transatlantic World: the Anishnabe of Upper Canada, 1830-1860,’ ed. Robert Clarke, Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representation in (Post) Colonial Cultures, Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2009.


‘Remembering 1812 in the 1840s: John Richardson and the Writing of the War,’ London Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 27 (June 2014): 33-69.  Thematic Issue, Commemoration, Memory, and the War of 1812.

“She is a Canadian Girl”: English-Canadian Actresses’ Transatlantic and Transnational Careers Through the Lenses of Canadian Magazines, 1890s-1930s,’ International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue international Special Issue Print Culture, Mobility, and the Middlebrow/Imprimé, Mobilité et Culture Moyenne. 48 (2014): 199-136.

‘Kahgegagahbowh’s (George Copway) Transatlantic Performance: Running Sketches, 1850,’ Cultural and Social History Journal Vol. 9, 4 (Fall 2012): 527-48.

‘Creating Interracial Intimacies: British North America, Canada, and the Transatlantic World, 1830-1914,’ Online Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, New Series, Vol. 19, issue 2, 75-104.


Research Grants and Contracts

2014-2016 - University of Toronto Research Excellence Awards, Dept. of CTL, OISE/UT, $18,000.00
2013-2017- SSHRC Insight Grant Award, Dept. of CTL, OISE/UT, $53,000.00
2008 - SSHRC Small-Scale Research Grant, Dept. of TPSE, OISE/UT, $847.25
2007-2010 – SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $41,000.00
2007 – SSHRC Small-Scale Research Grant, Dept. of TPSE, OISE/UT, $1193.52
2000-03 - SSHRC Small-Scale Research Grant, OISE/UT, $2500.00
1997-01 SSHRC Standard Research Grant, $23,000.00

Honours and Awards

2018 'Travellers Though Empire: Indigenous Voyages From Early Canada,' shortlisted, Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association; long listed, Wilson Institute Book Prize.

2016 'Creating Colonial Pasts: History, Memory, and Commemoration in Southern Ontario, 1860-1980,' shortlisted, Ontario Speakers Book Prize.

2009 ‘A Happy Holiday’: English-Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930', shortlisted, Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association.

2005 ‘Performing for ‘Imperial Eyes’: Bernice Loft and Ethel Brant Monture, Ontario, 1930s-1960s,’ in Myra Rutherdale and Katharine Pickles, eds., Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada’s Colonial Past (University of British Columbia Press, 2005), Hilda Neatby Award for the best English-Language article in women’s history published in Canada in 2005.

2003 'Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord, 'awarded Prix Lionel Groulx – Yves Saint Germain, Institut d’histoire l’amerique française.

2003 'Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord,' awarded Honourable Mention, Sir John A. Macdonald prize, Canadian Historical Association.

1997 'Public Men and Virtuous Women: the Gendered Languages of Religion and Politics in Upper Canada, 1791-1850,' Regional Certificate of Merit in Ontario History, Canadian Historical Association.

Professional Activities

Invited Academic Addresses and Talks:

‘An (Almost) Accidental Biographer: Finding Lives in the Archives,’ Invited Talk given at the conference, The Art of Biography, University of Toronto, 22 Mar. 2014.

‘A “Canadian Girl” at the Heart of the Empire: E. Pauline Johnson in London, 1890s-1900s,’ Symposium. E. Pauline Johnson: Her Life, Work, and Legacy, McMaster University, 8 Mar. 2013.

• 'From Rupert's Land to London, Inverness, and Port Phillip: the Voyages of Fur Trade Children, 1820-1870,’ Keynote Address, From Here to There: Change, Travel, and Transformation, Western University, London, Ontario, 27 Sept. 2012.

‘Mr. Moses Goes to England: Twentieth-Century Mobility and Networks at the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario,’ symposium paper, Indigenous Networks and ‘Transnational’ Cultures, Prato, Italy, 20-21 Sept. 2012.

‘“The Dear Little Mother, Queen of Our Hearts”: English-Canadian Tourists and the British Monarchy in London, 1880-1914,’ British Library, London, UK, 16 July 2012.

'The War of 1812 in Upper Canada and its Afterlife: Gender, Commemoration and memory in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Ontario,’ Keynote Address, The War of 1812: Myth and Memory, History and Historiography, University of London, 12-14 July 2012.

‘Colonial Girlhood, Indigenous Girlhood, and the Metropole: Mobility and Movement From Rupert’s Land to Britain, 1815-1870s,’ Transnational Girlhood Workshop (SSHRC-funded), University of Melbourne, 15 June 2012.

Public History Talks:

• Talks given to the Niagara Historical Society, Toronto Heritage, BlueWater Association for Life-Long Learners, Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Other Information

Co-editor, Canadian Historical Review, 2009-2012.

Advisory Board Member, 'Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960.'
This interdisciplinary project is directed by Professor Faye Hammill, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Britain.

Contributing Editor, Nineteenth-Century North America, History Compass, 2014-.
Associate Editor, Journal of British Studies, 2017-

Numerous radio and print media interviews, provincial and national, given on the subject of the history of commemoration and memory in Canada.

Consultant to Historic Sites and Monuments Board, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and Roy Rosenzweig Centre for History and New Media, George Mason University, Virginia.