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  • Professor,
    Associate Department Head 

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of History
    353 University College
    220 Dysart Road
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M8

    Phone: 204-474-8860

Currently accepting graduate students - Yes

  • Master's
  • PhD


  • HIST 2230 - History of the United States from 1607
  • HIST 3110 - American Food Histories


I am a scholar of U.S. history, exploring different aspects of American culture and business. My research has explored the history of retailing, urban experiments with alternative currency, cross-border shopping and food history. 


  • PhD (American History), York University, 2001
  • MA (American History), York University, 1994
  • BA (Honours), Queen's University, 1993


Research interests

  • History of retailing, marketing, and consumption
  • Food history
  • Urban history
  • American popular culture
  • Business history

Selected publications


Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

Other publications


  • 2021 - Article “Lady Smugglers and Lynx-Eyed Customs Agents” a co-recipient of the inaugural prize for Best Article in Canadian Business History by the Canadian Business History Association
  • 2019 - University of Manitoba Faculty Association Merit Award in Teaching
  • 2004 - Outstanding Achievement Award, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
  • 2002 - Book manuscript Sales and Celebrations awarded the GLASA (Great Lakes American Studies Association) – Ohio University Press Book Award


I have given public lectures on American history at a range of institutions including branches of the Winnipeg Public Library, the Rady Jewish Community Centre, Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery and McNally Robinson Booksellers. I have been interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press and on CBC radio on topics including the history of abortion, shopping malls and food.

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