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Professor Cecilia Morgan receives Faculty Research Fellowship at Jackman Humanities Institute

November 30, 2018

By Lisa Smith
 photo of Professor Cecilia Morgan

Professor Cecilia Morgan is among ten Faculty Research Fellows at the University of Toronto Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) for 2019-2020. Fellows are chosen for both their research excellence and the promise of their proposed research program. “I’m delighted to be joining the vibrant, interdisciplinary research community at the JHI,” Professor Morgan said.

With support from the JHI, Professor Morgan will pursue archival research for Elite Families and Settler Society, Nineteenth-Century Ontario, a project spanning the 1790s to the 1920s. She will study letters and documents from influential upper middle-class families that shed new light on the creation of settler society in the colony of Upper Canada and nineteenth-century Ontario. During this period, Professor Morgan notes, Indigenous territories were recast first as “frontiers” and then as rural settlements, outposts of the British Empire connected to local urban communities. Professor Morgan regards domestic spaces and the rituals and performances that took place in them as important sites for the formation of settler identities. Her work on the history of this settler colony explores histories of the family, gender, material culture, imperialism, and emotion.


Cecilia Morgan is Professor of the History of Education in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. Her research interests include the history of gender in Canada, Canadian popular culture, commemoration and memory in Canada, and gender and colonialism in the British Empire.

She is the author of Travellers Through Empire: Indigenous Voyages from Early Canada (2017), Building Better Britains?: Settler Societies in the British World, 1783-1920 (2017), Commemorating Canada: History, Heritage, and Memory, 1850s-1990s (2016), Creating Colonial Pasts: History, Memory, and Commemoration in Southern Ontario, 1860-1980 (2015), A Happy Holiday: English-Canadians and Transatlantic Tourism, 1870-1930 (2008), and, with Colin M. Coates, Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord (2002).

In the spring of 2018, she curated an exhibit at Hart House Theatre sponsored by Theatre Museum Canada on the subject of her latest manuscript, Canadian Actresses on Transnational States, 1840s-1940s. As a guest blogger she has written for Active History and Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain.


•    Faculty Bio: Cecilia Morgan
•    Announcement, JHI Faculty Research Fellowships, 2019-20
•    Deanna Del Vecchio one of five Graduate Fellows joining the JHI in 2018-19