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Renée Lafferty-Salhany

Associate Professor of History, Brock University

I am a social historian of nineteenth and early twentieth century North America, particularly interested in North American religious history, the history of drink and drinking, and the War of 1812. My current research project combines these interests by exploring the things which went into, and came out of, men’s bodies during the 1812 conflict. My previous work on the history of childhood examined the provision of charitable and social services for endangered children in the city of Halifax in the 19th and 20th centuries. This work culminated in my first book, The Guardianship of Best Interests, published by McGill Queen’s University Press in 2013, and awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s CLIO prize for Atlantic Canada.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, Brock University