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Faculty

For more information about History at Douglas College, contact:

Sally Mennill
Chair 
Room 3314, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5866
mennills@douglascollege.ca

Faculty listing

Cedric Bolz
Room 3314, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5866
bolzc@douglascollege.ca

Julian Brooks
Room 3315, New Westminster campus
604 527 5210

brooksj@douglascollege.ca

Gail Edwards
BA (British Columbia), MA (Rosary College, Florence, Italy), MLS (British Columbia), PhD (British Columbia)
Room 3312, New Westminster Campus 
604 527 5206 
edwardsga@douglascollege.ca

Denis McKim
BA (Hons.) (Toronto), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto)
Room 3316, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5208
mckimd@douglascollege.ca

Denis McKim's teaching and research interests revolve around the (often interrelated) histories of Canada, the United States, and the Atlantic World.

Sally Mennill
BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Trent), PhD (UBC)
Room 3314, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5866
mennills@douglascollege.ca

Sally's areas of expertise include Canadian history and women's health history, specifically focused on pregnant and parturient women in post-WWII Canada. Her current research investigates birthing experiences and medical records in British Columbia. Recent publications include "Ideal Births and Ideal Babies: English-Canadian Advice Literature in the 1950s and 1960s" and "Fostering the Passive Maternal Experience: Language and Prescription in the What to Expect Series of Maternity Literature." Sally teaches Canadian history, health and medicine in history, and women's and gender studies. 

Jeff Schutts
BA (Boston), MA (Georgetown), PhD (Georgetown)
Room 3313, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5060
schuttsj@douglascollege.ca

Jeff Schutts brings a uniquely multifaceted world view into his classrooms. A graduate of Boston University (International Relations BA with distinction, 1986) and Georgetown University (MA in German and European Studies, 1997, & PhD in History, 2003), his academic training has been complemented by a rich variety of life experiences. These include service as a U.S. Army officer, activism in support of the international peace movement, involvement in the production of documentary films, and his own transnational status as an immigrant Canadian-in-training. This interest in cultural transfer and cross-disciplinarity is manifested in his PhD dissertation and current book project, Refreshing the Fatherland: The History of Coca-Cola in Germany, 1929-1961, a study of Americanization and Nazi consumer culture that reflects a historian's discipline in evaluating sources, the sensitivities of cultural theorists and the bottom-line pragmatism of political economists. Schutts' other scholarly interests include the function of militarism in modern societies (with research projects that investigate dissent within military ranks) and the role of popular historical films in shaping contemporary understanding of the past.
Since moving to Vancouver in 1999, he has taught at Western Washington University, Kwantlen University College, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University, as well as his regular slate of courses in World and European History at Douglas College (H 1103, H 1104, and H 2202).

His publications include, "'Die erfrischende Pause': Marketing Coca-Cola in Hitler's Germany," in Selling Modernity: Cultures of Advertising in 20th Century Germany, edited by Pamela Swett, Jonathan Wiesen, and Jonathan Zatlin (Duke University Press, 2006) and "Born Again in the Gospel of Refreshment" Coca-Colonization and the Re-Making of German Identity," in Consuming Germany in the Cold War, edited by David Crew (Berg, 2003), as well as a variety of reviews and encyclopedia entries. His documentary film projects include The Friendship Village (Cypress Park Productions, 2002) and Breaking Ranks (Screen Siren Pictures/National Film Board/Global TV, 2006).

Robin Wylie
BA (hons) (York), MA, PhD (Carleton) 
Room 3316, New Westminster Campus
604 527 5208
wylier@douglascollege.ca

Robin Wylie completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts at York University in Toronto, a Master of Arts in Early Canada and a Doctorate in Modern Canadian History at Carleton University in Ottawa. His PhD thesis was on the Ontario Farm Progressives (Reform From Below? W.C. Good and Ontario Farm Progressive Challenge). Dr. Wylie also studied archival science at the University of British Columbia.

Besides teaching Canadian history (from surveys to seminars on aboriginal Canada, rural Canada, and labour history) at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia, Dr. Wylie has also worked in the heritage field as an historic research officer for the province of Ontario and as a project archivist for organizations like the Downtown Eastside Residents Association in Vancouver. His writings include historic site reports, archival fonds inventories, reviews in journals such as Labour/Le Travail, Historical Studies in Education and NeWest Review, and an article on the state of archival science research in Archivaria 39.

Contract Faculty

Ian Rocksborough-Smith
Room N3313, New Westminster campus
604 527 5060
rocksboroughsmitthi@douglascollege.ca

Retired Faculty

Elmiro Argento
BA (hons) (Calgary), PhD (Pennsylvania) 
A graduate of the University of Calgary (Hons BA, 1968) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1975), Elmiro Argento is a regular faculty member of the Department of History at Douglas College, where he has taught since 1993. He taught previously at Carleton University, the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. He teaches early modern European history, 19th-century European history, and 20th-century world history. He has also taught 19th and 20th-century diplomatic history, the history of the 19th-century bourgeoisie, 19th-century revolutionary movements and modern European intellectual history. He is particularly interested in the politics of education in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and the links between politics, labour markets and school systems; all the while deeply committed to exploring the meaning and relevance of history with his students.

Jacqueline Gresko (Faculty emeritus)
Jacqueline Gresko has taught at Douglas College since it opened in 1970. She has designed and taught Canadian, American and women's history courses. She was the elected Chair of Arts and Humanities, 1988-1991. She has served on a wide range of College committees with recent service on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Gresko directed the Fraser River Harbour Commission History Project, working with the Commission and Douglas and Kwantlen students, culminating in the publication of Fraser Port: A History in 1986. Gresko, born and brought up in New Westminster, attended the University of British Columbia where she received a BA Honours in History in 1969. In 1970 she completed her MA in Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her thesis 'Qu'Appelle Industrial School: White 'Rites' for the Indians of the Old Northwest' became the base for several published articles. In 1999 she finished her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Recent publications include:

"'The Serfs of the System": Oblate Brothers and Sisters of Saint Ann in British Columbia Schools, 1858-1920", Western Oblate Studies (4) 1996
"Roman Catholic Sisters and Japanese Evacuees in British Columbia", Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, Volume 38, No. 1 (April 1996)
Dictionary of Canadian Biography entries on: 
L.J. D'Herbomez OMI; Pierre-Paul Durieu OMI; Henry Holbrook; Joseph Hugonard OMI; William Henry Ladner; James M. McGuckin OMI; and Salomé Valois SSA.

Frank Leonard (Faculty emeritus)
BA (hons) (British Columbia), MA 
(Toronto), PhD (York) 
Canadian and Asian History
Frank Leonard earned both an Honours BA in History and a teacher's certificate at the University of British Columbia. After completing an MA in European and Russian History at the University of Toronto, he obtained a doctorate in Canadian History at York University. Besides working at Douglas, he has taught at Capilano College and the College of New Caledonia. He also served as a visiting scholar at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Dr. Leonard published a revision of his dissertation, A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia (UBC Press, 1996), which received a Regional Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Historical Association. He reviews other books on railways for numerous journals in Canada and the United States. He has also consulted on several native land claim cases involving railways. His work has elicited interviews and invitations from across the province, and he has appeared on both radio and television to discuss railway matters. He has now extended his research concerning railway development to Washington State and presented a series of papers to international conferences.

In Memoriam

Rhoda L. Friedrichs
BA (hons) (Barnard), MA, PhD (Columbia)
Rhoda Friedrichs received her BA (hons) from Barnard College, and her MA and PhD from Columbia University. Her major area of concentration was in European medieval history, and her minor area was modern British history. She has taught at Brooklyn College in New York, in the UBC Arts I Program, in the Humanities program of the UBC Engineering Faculty, and has also offered a number of courses on specialized historical themes for UBC Continuing Education. Since 1989 she has taught at Douglas College, where she teaches courses in 20th-century world history, European history from 1500-1789, European history from 1789-1900, Europe in the early Middle Ages, and Europe in the high Middle Ages. Friedrichs has published several articles in scholarly journals on subjects in medieval social and political history, and has also written a number of book reviews for Canadian, U.S., and European journals. She has presented papers at meetings of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, the UBC Medieval Workshop, the Vancouver Medieval Symposium, and the International Congress of Medieval Studies. She has served on the boards of the Medieval Association of the Pacific and the Society of Canadian Medievalists.