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Ryerson History

Welcome to Ryerson's Department of History! Our fast-growing department offers distinctive courses and supports innovative research. Our new career-focused BA in History connects the city to the classroom through work placements and experiential learning. Our students explore the historical roots of contemporary issues through courses in fields such as ancient and modern urban environments, international relations, science and technology, and heritage management.

New for 2016! Double Major in History and Philosophy; Double Major in History and English

    • Department: Jane Hoysak is a third-year History BA student. She helped found the Ryerson History Society, and is working to establish a Debate Club. Last year, she won the History Department’s “Special Award” as the student who contributed the most to the History program.
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    • Department: Michal Fetsum is a 4th year student in the History program at Ryerson. Her interests include International Relations and American History, particularly during the period of the Cold War. In January 2015, Michal studied on exchange at Radboud Univeristy in Nijmegen, The Netherlands for a semester. During her time at Ryerson, Michal has been involved with the International Issues Discussion series and served as the Minister of Communications for the Ryerson History Society.
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    • Department: Christina is currently completing her undergaduate degree in Arts & Contemporary Studies, majoring in History. She co-ordinates the student-led group Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and this year will be sending a team of 20 students to Uganda. She was nominated for Ryerson's Top 10 Innovators in 2013.
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    • Department: Mark is in his fourth year in Ryerson’s History BA program. He says that, as a mature student, he chose Ryerson because the new History degree would give him a chance “to grow with the department” in the university’s “amazing” downtown location. Through his courses, Mark has been able to pursue his interests in the 20th-century conflict, the British Empire, and U.S.-Latin America foreign relations.
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    • Department: Dr. Mukherjee explores the social history of war, famine, and riots in Bengal, specifically the complex ways that the experience of trauma and turmoil affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities. His teaching includes “Colonization, Colonialism, and Independence,” “East Meets West: Asia in the World,” and “Themes in Modern Asian History.”
    • Department: Dr. Li’s research focuses on Egyptian art and archaeology in the first millennium BCE, a dynamic era of socio-political changes when Egyptians interacted intensively with their international neighbours.
    • Department: Arne Kislenko has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2011) and Ryerson University's first President's Award for Teaching Excellence (2007). In Fall 2005, he was named Ontario's "Best Lecturer" by TV Ontario following its first "Academic Idol" contest. He appears regularly in the media commenting on current affairs.
      Areas of Expertise: Department of History
    • Department: Dr. Ross Fair’s research explores the role of local history, both myth and memory, in constructions of Canadian identity. He is currently working on a monograph that explores the ideology of improvement and the formation of the Upper Canadian state between 1792 and 1850
    • Department: Dr. Art Blake has been appointed Project Lead on CanadianCity, a new hub for interdisciplinary and urban education in Canada.
    • Department: Dr. Yunxiang Gao’s research explores China’s history of using sport to communicate political messages. Her new book, Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-45 examines the rise to fame of female athletes in China during its national crisis of 1931-45.
    • Department: Dr. Tomaz Jardim has been awarded the 2013 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize for his book, The Mauthausen Trial and American Military Justice in Germany (Harvard, 2012).
    • Department: Ryerson History professor Dr. Carl Benn’s new book explores two important First Nations memoirs from the War of 1812
    • Department: Department of History Associate Professor Jenny Carson and Department of Politics and Public Administration Professor Myer Siemiatycki are project leads in a five-year SSHRC-funded Community University Research Alliance project on Poverty and Precarious Employment in Southern Ontario.