Dr. Jessica van Horssen joins Department of History

The Department of History is delighted to announce that Dr. Jessica van Horssen, currently a postdoctoral fellow in Quebec Environmental History at McGill University and the Université de Québec à Trois Rivières and visiting fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, has accepted York's offer of a two-year CLA appointment in the Department of History.

Dr van Horssen received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. She has held a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill/ Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières from 2010 to 2012, and is also a visiting fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. Her monograph, to be published in 2013 by the University of British Columbia Press, is a groundbreaking historical study of Asbestos, Quebec. She has taught a range of courses at the undergraduate level at both McGill and Bishop’s University, including environmental history, modern Canada, indigenous studies and public history.

In 2012-13 Dr van Horssen will be teaching HIST 3533 6.0, The History of Women in Canada; HIST 4511 6.0, Themes in Canadian Social and Cultural History; and HIST 4570 6.0, Canada in War and Peace.

Dr. Jessica van Horssen can be reached by email at jessica.vanhorssen@mail.mcgill.ca.
The Department would like to thank the members of the search committee (Sean Kheraj, Deborah Neill, Beth Palmer, Jennifer Stephens, William Wicken) for their hard work and professionalism in bringing the search to a successful conclusion, and to Jennifer for her deft chairing of the committee. The Department owes a huge debt of gratitude too to the Department staff, especially Lisa and Daniela, who worked so hard on the search.