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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 Fall 2020! Double Major in History and Criminology; Double Major in History and Politics and Governance; Double Major in History and Sociology

Department of History's statement on anti-Black racism 

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 History Graduates! 



    Upcoming Events

        • Department: Alexandra Ouzounis is in her third year of the History-English double major. She has been an executive member with the Ryerson History Society for three years, and is currently the Minister of Interior affairs.
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        • Aviva Gomes-Bhatt
        • Department: Aviva is a fourth-year English and History double major. This summer she traveled to Germany to study Nazi History at the Freie Universitat in Berlin on a full scholarship. "This was such a valuable experience for me, because it gave me the chance to study one of my favourite fields of history while being immersed in the environment in which the events I learned about took place."
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        • Department: Katie Flinn is currently in her third year of the History program. She has been the Chief of Staff at the Ryerson History Society for the past two years.
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        • Rabiah Choksi
        • Department: Rabiah is in her final year at Ryerson University. She served as Vice President for the Ryerson History Society, before being elected as President last year. Last year, she completed a Senior Thesis comparing social movements in the United States through a feminist perspective. Alongside accumulating various academic accolades, majoring in History served as a cornerstone for Rabiah as it built on her law school aspirations. Throughout her journey, the History program presented her with vital opportunities that cemented her passion for studying Human Rights.
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        • Jacqueline Degrave
        • Department: Teresa is a graduate of the history program from the class of 2017. During her time at Ryerson she completed two experiential learning internships. One to conduct an artefact inventory at Gibson House Museum and another at Heritage Toronto where she contributed to the early stages of the creation of the Legacy Plaques map.
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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.
        • Dr. Robert Teigrob
        • Department: Robert Teigrob was awarded the Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award for the 2016-2017 calendar year, during which he published Living With War: Twentieth Century Conflict in Canadian and American History and Memory, and Canada and the United Nations: Legacies, Limits, Prospects, co-edited with Ryerson Adjunct Professor in History Colin McCullough.
        • 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.