Featured Alumni

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Peter Kikkert
Peter Kikkert in arctic wearing winter clothing.



Peter completed his Ph.D. in History, 2016. He is currently the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Policy and Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Governance Program at the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis Xavier University.

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Joel Sherlock



Joel completed an MA in Public History at Western 2014 Manager, Genealogical and Archival Research for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

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Marise Bachand



Marise Bachand completed her Ph.D. in American History at Western in 2011. She is an Associate Professor of American History at the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières, a research university of about 15,000 students. There, she loves teaching American and women’s history to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Michelle Hutchinson Grondin



Michelle Hutchinson Grondin completed her Ph.D. in women’s and gender history at Western in 2016. Since 2017, she has served as a Senior Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Advisor for the Status of Women with the Government of Alberta.

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Selina Gao and Jeff McLaughlin


Selina Gao and Jeff McLaughlin entered Western’s PhD program in 2004, married in 2006, and graduated in 2010. Selina’s research focuses on Modern China and International Relations, and Jeff specialises in US foreign policy and 20th Century International Relations. Gao and McLaughlin are fortunate to have landed great jobs at Murray State University in western Kentucky. Selina is thriving as an Assistant Professor of History and she will apply for promotion and tenure soon.

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Kit Frost 



Kit Frost completed an Honours BA in History in 2000 and an MA in Public History in 2001 at Western University. Since 2003, Kit has worked at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, where she now serves as the Chief of Virtual Experience. She is leading a cutting edge project to develop three different virtual experiences of the iconic “Centre Block”.

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