Previous Scholarship Recipients

University of Calgary | University of Alberta

University of Calgary – Faculty of Graduate Studies


Chris Hyland; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Post-war Universities and International Multilateral Organizations.

Scott Dumonceaux; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: A Yukon Republic: The Local history of the Alaska Boundary Dispute.


Erna Kurbegovic; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: The Eugenics Movements in Alberta and Manitoba: A Comparative Study.

Margaret Herriman; M.A.

Topic of Study: The History of Guest ranching in Western Canada/Alberta.


Stuart Barnard; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Bibles and Religious Texts from the Confederation to 1920.

Jason Devine; M.A.

Topic of Study: In an equitable and sympathetic manner": Alberta's Workmen's Compensation and the United Mines Workers of America, District 19's Welfare Fund.


David Gallant; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: "Grim Determination": Canadian Reaction to the Outbreak of the Great War, 1914.

Michael Swanberg; M.A.

Topic of Study: Alberta Federal politics in the Era of socioeconomic Realignment 1953-1958.


David Gallant; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: David’s Ph.D. thesis will explore “war enthusiasm” in Canada in 1914, challenging the prevailing view that there was an outpouring of enthusiasm among the vast majority of Canadians in the early days of the war. David will investigate the ideas of those who supported Canada’s entry into war, particularly the sceptical and more restrained voices within the English-Canadian majority. Exploring newspapers and magazines, as well as soldiers’ letters and diaries, it will be possible to better understand Canadian views. Also, it has been argued that Western Canadians were the most enthusiastic supporters of the war in 1914. On August 4, a crowd in Regina erupted in a mighty roar upon hearing the news that Britain had declared war on Germany. It is therefore necessary to examine western sources, such as the Calgary Herald and Portage la Prairie Weekly, in order to better understand Canadian attitudes to war.

Michael Swanberg; M.A.

Topic of Study: For his Master thesis, Michael will conduct a survey of the federal Conservative Party of Canada’s grassroots organization in Western Canada in the early 1950s, when George Drew was the leader of the party. George Drew’s tenure as Conservative leader immediately preceded John Diefenbaker’s sweep of the West in the 1957 and 1958 federal elections – a phenomenon that has had lasting ramifications to this day. This study will investigate how party organization under Drew’s tenure as leader helped lay the foundation for this decisive switch in the region’s partisan preferences. It will also draw attention to how the party responded to the rapidly changing social and economic exigencies of the period. Specifically, party responses to the rapid urbanization and economic diversification of the West will be addressed to determine how well the party crafted a political platform to reflect the dominant discourses of Western political culture. This study will also utilize the recently-opened George Drew papers at the Ontario Provincial Archives, which will allow Michael to introduce previously unstudied primary records to the historiography on the period.

Gretchen Albers, Ph.D

Topic of Study: Boundaries of the Heart: White Women, Indigenous People, and the Christian Missions to the Dakotas, 1862-1938.

Jessica Buresi, M.A.

Topic of Study: Rendezvous for Renewal at "Lake of the Great Spirit".


Glenn Iceton; M.A.

Topic of Study: "Profits, Prophets, and Profiteers: Local and Global Economies of Wildlife in the Northern Yukon, 1860-1910.

Pernille Jakobsen; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: “Bench-Breakers”: Women Judges in Western Canada, 1916 to 1980.


Doris Jean MacKinnon; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Comparative analysis of Marie Rose Smith and Isabella Hardisty Lougheed.

Nathan Elliott; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Visions of a New Canada: A Study of Postwar Reform 1917-1927
MA: Rachel Herbert; Ranching Women in Western Canada, 1880-1940.

Rachel Herbert; M.A.

Topic of Study: Ranching Women in Western Canada, 1880-1940.

University of Alberta, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Department of History and Classics


Sarah Hamill; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Alberta law and the early-twentieth-century liquor "problem."

Daniel Sims; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Aboriginal-European relations and the construction of identity as seen in the effects of hydroelectric development on four Tse Keh Nay First Nations of British Columbia


Cameron Johnson; M.A.

Topic of Study: Analyzing the creation of Mount Robson Provincial Park in 1913, focusing both on the social history of the Park and of the interpretation of the park's history as part of tourist enterprises at Mount Robson.


Catharine Mastin; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: The experiences of six women artists in artist-couple relationships in postwar Canada, including prominent Western Canadian artists Marion Nicoll and Catharine Whyte.

Zac Robinson; Post-Doctoral

Topic of Study: The controversy occasioned by the young Scottish botanist David Douglas (1799-1834), who, in 1827, incorrectly ascribed tremendous elevations to two peaks guarding the highest point of the transcontinental fur-trade route: Athabasca Pass. This research examined the Hooker/Brown controversy and foregrounded the recognitions of class exclusion and the elision of Aboriginal agency and communal knowledge from the archival/imperial enterprise.


Cheryl Williams; M.A.

Topic of Study: The Calgary Olympic Development Association Bid to host the 1972 Winter Olympics in Banff National Park.

Melanie Niemi-Bohun; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Native adaptation to colonial settler society with an interest in Aboriginal incorporation of imposed status categories and the solidification of band identities on the Plains after the signing of Treaty Six.


Sean Atkins; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Environmental History of Native Peoples. This is the second ELHF fellowship awarded to Mr. Atkins by the University.


Sean Atkins; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Environmental History of Native Peoples.

Peter Fortna; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: The History of the Image of Banff.

Courtney Mason; Ph.D. 2nd year

Topic of Study: Cultural History of Banff National Park.


Matthew Wangler; M.A.

Topic of Study: The Creation of the Rocky Mountain Parks and Modern Canada.


Justin (Tolly) Bradford; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: William Twin’s “Indiannes” and the Banff National Park.

Allan Rowe; Ph.D.

Topic of Study: Irish Immigration Settlement and Identity in Western Canada, 1870-1930.