About Me

My life has been a mixture of English and German since I was a teenager. I grew up in Ontario, Canada in a English/Scottish household, so English is my first language. I started to learn German at age 15 in high school and haven’t stopped since. I have worked, studied, and travelled extensively in Germany all my adult life.

By professional training, I am an historian of German and Canadian history and taught history at both universities in Vancouver, where I live. I also participated in university administration in the Open University of British Columbia, providing opportunities to adults throughout Canada to complete degrees. 

The information below outline my professional educational and professional background.

Education

  • PhD [History], University of British Columbia
    Fields: Canada, Germany & Latin America
    Thesis: “The Battle for the Sabbath: The Sabbatarian Movement in Canada, 1888-1912.
    Postcard at right celebrates both my hometown, Toronto, and my doctoral thesis, since whether or not street railways could run on the Christian Sabbath was one of the major debates in the 1890s.
  • MA [History], University of Toronto
    Thesis: “The Role of Literature in the Nazi Seizure of Power.”
  • BA, University of Toronto [History & Modern Languages [German & Spanish]
  • Undergraduate and graduate study at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau (card at right) and Hamburg supported by DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) scholarships.

Professional Experience:

  • 2007-2010: Sessional Instructor, History of Holocaust, University of British Columbia,
  • 2002-2011: Educational Consultant, Post-secondary system, Undergraduate Degree Program Development
  • 1992-2002: Dean, Arts & Science, British Columbia Open University, a university dedicated to learning at a distance.
  • 1978-1992: Non-tenured assistant professor in the history departments of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

Translation Experience:

  • Carl Zeiss Optical Company, Oberkochen Germany

    Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre activity, 2008. Credit: VHEC

Pertinent Scholarships

  • SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau and Hamburg
  • DAAD summer scholarship