Students in the News

Congratulations to History Graduate Jesse Thistle on his book "From the Ashes."

"From the Ashes" by Jesse Thistle

Find it on the Toronto Star bestseller's list here.


Congratulations to Kevin Chrisman: Recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 2018/19 by CALACS

Kevin Chrisman

The dissertation, supervised by Anne Rubenstein, is entitled "Meet Me at Sanborns: Labor, Leisure, Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Mexico."






Congratulations to PhD Student Natasha Henry on her Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Natasha Henry

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies PhD students Leigha Comer and Natasha Henry have been awarded prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, receiving $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their research projects.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.  [Read more...]


Alan Corbiere wins the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (January 2018)

History doctoral candidate Alan Corbiere has won the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) for his work in developing the Anishinaabemowin Revival Program (for the Ojibwa language). For reference, see

The goal of the Anishinaabemowin Revival Program is to develop proficiency in conversational Anishinaabemowin in learners at Lakeview School on the M’Chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island. The ARP has been recording community Elders, collating old stories in the original language, and rendering these into curricular resources, such as videos with transcripts and an app with illustrated children’s stories. For more information see


History Grad Students Anong Beam & Alan Corbiere make Toronto Star news in an article about the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation



Public History Student Michael Primiani co-creates website on Yorkville's Folk Music Past

Michael Primiani is a fourth-year History major and a student in Prof. Jennifer Bonnell's History 4840: Public History course. This past semester, he worked with Stacy-Allison Cassin, the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship at Scott Library, to research, curate and develop a digital exhibit focusing on three coffeehouses and the role they played in the folk music scene in 1960s Toronto. During the 12-week placement at Scott Library, Primiani used the physical and digital archival holdings of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, the City of Toronto Archives, as well as photographing the neighbourhood in the current day. Primiani states: “I got to learn so much about a period of Toronto’s music history that I was not aware of prior. In an era where we continuously are witnessing the closing of historic music venues to make way for more and more condos and real estate developments, I believe this work is crucial now more than ever. Although the physical space is no longer available, the memories of the moments in which that live music magic poured out from the instruments and singers on stage have a chance of being kept alive.” The exhibit is entitled Yorkville and the Folk Revival in Toronto and can be viewed at

For more information about Public History placements and History 4840, contact Prof. Bonnell at

Public History Student Manprit Gill Curates Exhibit at Archives of Ontario

Manprit Gill, a fourth-year History Major and a student in Prof. Jennifer Bonnell's History 4840: Public History course, has curated a new exhibition at the Archives of Ontario. Titled Echoes from the Past: Remembering the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre, the exhibit displays selected records from the Frost Centre collection, acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 2014. Gill researched and developed all aspects of the exhibit as part of a 12-week placement with the Archives of Ontario. Her placement was one of fourteen placements held by History 4840 students in museums, archives, libraries and historical societies across the Greater Toronto Area. “Developing this exhibit was a truly rewarding experience," Gill noted. "Not only did it help me acquire practical skills in public history, but it also helped me to recognize the role of archive exhibits in gaining an understanding and appreciation of our past.”

The exhibit is currently on display in the lobby of the Archives of Ontario, in the Kaneff Tower on campus (hours 830-5pm M-F and 10-4 Saturdays). For more information about Public History placements and History 4840, contact Prof. Bonnell at

LA&PS Announces 2017 Writing Prize Winners
Two History Students Included Among the Winners:

First-Year Winner: Robert Gibbs, “Batoche National Historic Site” from HIST 1040 6.0 The Presence of the Past: Commemoration, Memorials, and Popular Uses of History, taught by Jennifer Bonnell.

Third-Year Winner: Karen Silva, “Saving their Indian ‘Sisters’: British Women’s Activism in the late 19th Century,” from HIST 3420 6.00 The British Empire from 1600 to the Present, taught by Colin McMahon

Congratulations Robert and Karen!

Jesse ThistleYork History PhD student Jesse Thistle featured on CBC radio's "Ideas from the Trenches" (March 2017)

"Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma" with Jesse Thistle.  LISTEN TO PODCAST


Markham Museum internships give York students experience in the competitive field of public history (Jan. 2017)

publichistorystudentssmallbannerThe Markham Museum staffs its internship program with some of the best and brightest history students from York University. In turn, this community partner makes its mark on the careers of students who aim to pursue a future in the cultural sector and public history organizations. [read more...]


Four York U students receive Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Oct. 2016)

York graduate students Alison Humphrey, Zachary Lomo, Jesse Thistle and Syrus Marcus Ware have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada.

Recipients receive $50,000 annually for up to three years to support their doctoral research and are selected based on their leadership skills and high standards of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, or health-related fields. [read more...]


Three York U graduate students become prestigious Trudeau Scholars (June 2016)

York University graduate students Aytak Akbari-Dibavar, Gerard Kennedy and Jesse Thistle have been awarded the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, a prestigious distinction presented by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.


York history students win Archaeological Institute of America award

Kimberly McCullough, Alejandro G. Sinner, Ashwyn Grewal and Daniel Jankulovski with their prize-winning AIA poster

History Professor Alejandro G. Sinner and his summer study abroad students won first prize for best poster at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).

Kimberly McCullough, Alejandro G. Sinner, Ashwyn Grewal and Daniel Jankulovski (from left to right) with their prize-winning AIA poster
Sinner, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History, and his students from the study abroad course Roman Spain: Archaeology & History attended the conference in San Francisco from Jan. 6 to 9, 2016. [read more...]


Success and Second Chances: Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

He was homeless... in and out of jail, and addicted to drugs. But these days - perseverance is paying off for Jesse Thistle. He's celebrating his graduation from York University. Nil Koksal introduces us. [watch video...]