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Barbara Messamore

Barbara Messamore, PhD

Professor

History

Abbotsford campus

Phone: 604-504-7441 local 4389

email Barbara

Biography

Most recent Teaching Experience:

2019
Professor

2002- 2019
Associate Professor, History

University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, British Columbia
[1990-1995 sessional instructor],
Canadian history, especially Canadian political and constitutional history, Migration history

Upper-division Courses developed:

Hist 399G Historical Biography

Hist 430 Canada and Migration

Hist 330 Canada, 1867-present Politics and Personalities

Hist 331 Canada, 1837-67: Rebels, Reformers, and Realists

Directed Studies: Canadian Constitutional History

 

April – June 2017: Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies, teaching Master’s program students in the American Studies Program in areas of Canadian Constitutional History and Canadian International relations, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland.

Education

  • PhD History, 2003             
    University of Edinburgh,
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • MA History, 1991                             
    Simon Fraser Univeristy
    Burnaby, B.C., Canada
  • BA History/English, 1987                 
    University of Winnipeg
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Teaching Interests

  • Canadian Political and Consitutional History
  • Historical Biography
  • Canadian Migration History

Research Interests

  • The role of the Crown in Canada
  • Historical biography
  • Canadian political history

Presentations

Other Activities and papers presented

  • 3 February 2021: interview with Janet Davison, CBC news online, “the Royal Fascinator,” about the qualities needed in the next governor general appointed.

  • 28 January 2021: appearance on CBC News Network Morning Live. Interview with Heather Hiscox on the subject of the release of the Quintet Consulting report for the Privy Council Office on allegations of workplace abuse in the governor general’s office. 

  • 26 January 2021: appearance on CBC’s Power and Politics with Vassy Kapelos, about the emergence of further details of wrongdoing by the governor general and the process for making a new selection
  • 22 January 2021: radio call-in show, CBC “Ontario Today,” with Rita Celli, on the subject of the governor general’s resignation; Brief follow up interview with Ian Austen, New York Times.
  • 21 January 2021: interviews on the subject of Governor General Julie Payette’s resignation. Appearance on CBC television Power and Politics with Vassy Kapelos; Interviews with CBC radio Vancouver “On the Coast” with Gloria Macarenko; Ottawa “All in a Day with Alan Neal; Quebec City, “Breakaway” with Alison Brunette; Kelowna, “Radio West,” with Sarah Penton; Calgary, “Homestretch,” with Doug Dirks; Yellowknife, “Trail’s End,” with Lawrence Nayally; Whitehorse, “Airplay,” with Dave White; Edmonton, “Radio Active,” with Adrienne Pan; Victoria, “All Points West,” with Kathryn Marlow. Other interviews with Ian Austen, New York Times; Jacques Gallant, the Toronto Star; Ashley Burke, CBC, for story on CBC’s The National. 
  • 21 January 2021: interviews on the subject of the release of an investigative report into allegations of workplace abuse at Rideau Hal. Interviews with Emma Godmere, CBC Parliamentary Bureau, “The House”; Ashley Burke, CBC News; and Marc-André Cossette, producer with Global News.
  • 20 January 2021: Skype interview with CBC journalist Ashley Burke on the subject of a Facebook post by Rideau Hall communications director.
  • 10 December 2020: invited witness, House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure, to give evidence on the use of prorogation under Standing Order 32(7).
  • 20 September 2020: CBC television and online news interview with reporter Ashley Burke on the subject of the vetting process for viceregal appointees and revelations that Governor General Julie Payette had been the subject of earlier workplace harassment complaints.
  • 3 September 2020: series of interviews on CBC radio about Justin Trudeau’s praise of the governor general amid ongoing workplace harassment investigations: Homestretch (Calgary) with Doug Dirks; On the Coast (Vancouver) with Gloria Macarenko; Mainstreet (Halifax) with Jeff Douglas; All in a Day (Ottawa) with Alan Neal; Breakaway (Quebec) with guest host Peter Tardif; Airplay (Whitehorse) with Dave White; Radio Active (Edmonton) with Adrienne Pan; Radio West (Kelowna) with Sarah Penton; All Points West (Victoria) with Kathryn Marlow.
  • 3 September 2020 radio interview with Libby Znaimer on Zoomer Radio Toronto about Justin Trudeau’s praise of the governor general amid ongoing workplace harassment investigations.
  • 10 August 2020 interview with Mark Gollom, CBC News, about the process of removing a governor general.
  • 10 August 2020: radio interview with Peter Shurman, Global News Radio 640 Toronto, on the importance of the office of Governor General amid controversies arising during Mme. Julie Payette’s term.
  • 9 August 2020: phone interview with Theresa Wright, Canadian Press, on the potential damage to the office of Governor General caused by controversies arising during Mme. Julie Payette’s term.
  • 7 August 2020: radio interview with Arlene Bynon, John Oakley Show, Global News Radio 640 Toronto, on the potential damage to the office of Governor General caused by controversies arising during Mme. Julie Payette’s term.
  • 7 August 2020: telephone interview with Aaron Wherry, CBC News, on controversies arising during the term of Mme Julie Payette as governor general.
  • 7 August 2020: radio interview with Jeff Semple, Jeff McArthur Show, Global News Radio 640 Toronto, on the subject of criticisms made of the governor general and whether she is a fit for the office.
  • 7 August 2020: radio interview with Jim Richards, Evan Solomon Show, Bell Media, on the subject of costly modifications requested by Governor General Julie Payette to Government House.
  • 5 August 2020: CBC television and online news interview with reporter Ashley Burke on the subject of costly modifications requested by Governor General Julie Payette to Government House.
  • 24 July 2020: television interview, Global News, on subject of allegations that Governor General Julie Payette had been abusive towards Rideau Hall staff.
  • 23 November 2020 and earlier dates: I have, on request, prepared comments on proposed plaque inscriptions for historical figures to be commemorated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC)
  • 26 February 2020 Named Vice-President and Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada, Massey College, University of Toronto.
  • Invited conference presentation, “No, she won’t ‘be able to talk to you about why she made that decision’: the BC lieutenant governor’s refusal of ministerial advice, June 2017.” British Columbia Political Studies Association conference “Contested Spaces,” May 2-3, 2019.
  • Interview, Royal Studies Journal, 2 January 2019.
  • Invited public reading, “Confederation, Continuity, and the Crown,” Government House, Ontario, 16 May 2018.
  • January 2018: Named to Board of Directors, Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada, Massey College, University of Toronto.
  • 7 November 2017: radio interview, Charles Adler Tonight, Corus Radio, on subject of Julie Payette’s controversial speech and the governor general’s role.
  • April – June 2017: Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies, teaching Master’s program students in the American Studies Program in areas of Canadian Constitutional History and Canadian International relations, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland.
  • Invited speaker, “Canada at 150: the Hinge of our History?,” Special Session, Indigenous Expressions of Culture: Canadian and Polish Upper Silesian Perspectives, 28 April 2017, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland.
  • Keynote speaker, “Canada at 150: What are we Celebrating?,” Discover Canada, National Event for Polish High School Students, 7 April 2017, Żory, Poland.
  • Keynote speaker, “Confederation Myths,” Canada 150 Conference, 3 March 2017, Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary.
  • Invited contributor to ranking of prime ministers forum arranged by Professor Stephen Azzi, 7 October 2016, Maclean’s magazine. http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/ranking-canadas-best-and-worst-prime-ministers/
  • Invited speaker on “The Crown and the process of Government Formation,” “The Crown in the 21st Century: Deference or Drift,” 14-16 January 2016, Government House, Victoria.
  • Invited speaker, “It’s a Minority: Who Gets to Govern?” 7 October 2015, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre forum, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Expert witness report, 31 August 2015, “The Dominion’s assumption of provincial debts and liabilities at the time of British Columbia’s entry into Confederation: the meaning and historical context of clause one of the Terms of Union, 1871,” in case of Songhees Nation, Chief Robert Sam et al. v Her Majesty the Queen in right of British Columbia et al., DOJ File No. 4368038
  • Invited speaker, “The Meaning of Canada’s Confederation: Three Weddings and a Divorce,” Humanities Research Forum,13 March 2014, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
  • Invited conference presenter, “Teaching Confederation,” Canadian History and Identity: Marking 200 Years of the Canadian Experience, Association for Canadian Studies, 23 November 2012. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
  • Invited conference presenter, “Canada and imperial policy in the nineteenth century: an insider’s correspondence network,” British Scholar organization. 2012 Conference, 22 June 2012, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Invited contributor to ranking of prime ministers forum arranged by Professors Norman Hillmer and Stephen Azzi, April 2011; results published in Maclean’s magazine, 10 June 2011.
  • Invited contributor to panel discussion on the Conquest, 1759, “Teaching Quebec in Canada; Teaching Canada in Quebec,” Association of Canadian Studies, Montreal, 3 May 2011.
  • Invited contributor to workshop John A. Macdonald: Fresh Perspectives and New Legacies, Ryerson University, Toronto, 3-4 December 2010.
  • Invited contributor to Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law Forum on the December 2008 prorogation. Toronto, November 2009.
  • Invited presenter/panel member for discussion of Political History and Political Science, Canadian Political Science Association Conference, University of British Columbia, 2008.
  • Invited guest at Government House, Ottawa, Exhibit “Culture and Democracy: Lord and Lady Elgin in Canada, 1847-1854,” Rideau Hall, Wednesday, April 2, 2003. http://archive.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=1109
  • On a subsequent occasion, I again was a guest at Government House while offering advice to Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson on details connected with the C.B. Macpherson lecture she gave in 2004.
  • "The Line over which he must not pass’: Dufferin, Edward Blake, and the Establishment of Permanent Letters Patent, 1878”, Majesty Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2002
  • “Diplomacy or Duplicity?: Lord Lisgar and Canadian-American Relations”, Two Days of Canada “Borders” Conference, Brock University, November 2001
  • “A Disagreeable Duty: Elgin, Grey and the Imperial Relationship” 1849 Conference, Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh, May 1999
  • “A Supplicant for Justice: Elgin as Governor General of Canada” at European Postgraduate Students’ Seminar, Queen’s, Belfast, October 1998
  • “The Social and Cultural Role of the Canadian Governors General, 1888-1911”, Imperial Canada Conference, Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh, May 1995

 

Publications

Books:

  • Raymond Blake, Jeff Keshen, Norman Knowles and Barbara Messamore, Conflict and Compromise: Pre-Confederation Canada and Conflict and Compromise: Post-Confederation Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2017.
  • Raymond Blake, Jeff Keshen, Norman Knowles and Barbara Messamore, Narrating a Nation: Canadian History Pre-Confederation and Narrating a Nation: Canadian History Post-Confederation.  McGraw Hill Ryerson, 2011.
  • Barbara J. Messamore, Canada’s Governors General, 1847-1878: Biography and Constitutional Evolution.   Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.  
  • Barbara J. Messamore, editor, Canadian Migration Patterns from Britain and North America. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2004.

Refereed Articles:

  • [invited/ completed and forthcoming] “Foreign affairs in the post-Confederation era: the artful John A. Macdonald and the beleaguered Alexander Mackenzie,” in Canada’s Prime Ministers and Foreign Policy. ed. Patrice Dutil (Vancouver: UBC Press, projected late 2021)

  • [invited] “George VI’s 1939 Royal Tour of Canada: Context and the Constitution,” Royal Studies Journal, in press.
  • [invited] “A Critique of Bill C-569: Some Historical Background to the Appointment and Removal of Governors General,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 9:3(2016): 187-193.
  • [invited]  “British North America (Canada), 1783-20th c.” Encyclopedia of Empire, ed. John Mackenzie et al (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell online library, 2014).   
  • [invited] “John A. Macdonald and the Governors General: a prime minister’s use and abuse of the Crown,” in John A. Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies. ed. Patrice Dutil and Andrew Smith (Toronto: Dundurn, 2014).
  • “Conventions of the role of the Governor General: Some illustrative historical episodes,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 4:3 (December 2010): 479-486.  
  • "The Line over which he must not pass’:  Defining the office of Governor General, 1878,” Canadian Historical Review 86 (September 2005): 453-483.
  • “Diplomacy or Duplicity? Lord Lisgar, John A. Macdonald, and the Treaty of Washington, 1871,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 32, no. 2 (May 2004): 29-53.
  • “A Supplicant for Justice: Elgin, Famine Migration and the Navigation Laws” in Canada: 1849, eds. Derek Pollard and Ged Martin (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, Centre of Canadian Studies, 2001): 48-69.
  • “On a Razor Edge: The Canadian Governors-General, 1888-1911,” British Journal of Canadian Studies 13, no. 2 (1998): 376-395.
  • “The Social and Cultural Role of the Canadian Governors General, 1888-1911: British Imperialists and Canadian Nationalists” in Imperial Canada, 1867-1917, ed. Colin M. Coates (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, Centre of Canadian Studies, 1997): 78-108.

Other Recent Articles and Reviews:

  • [invited] “What the Payette Episode Teaches us About Fit and the Office of the Governor General,” 26 January 2021. Policy Options. https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/january-2021/what-the-payette-episode-teaches-us-about-fit-and-the-governor-general/

  • [invited] Review of Sylvia Bashevkin, ed. Doing Politics Differently? Women Premiers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019)Ormsby Review, 16 February 2021. https://ormsbyreview.com/2021/02/16/1034-messamore-bashevkin-politics/
  • [invited op ed] “Sir John A. Wasn’t Perfect but he chose to act, dared to err,” National Post, 31 December 2020. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-messamore-sir-john-a-wasnt-perfect-but-he-chose-to-act-dared-to-err
  • [invited] Review of Ted Powell, King Edward VIII: an American Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Royal Studies Journal 6: 1(2019): 140-42.
  • [invited] Review of Simon Kerry, Lansdowne: the Last Great Whig (London: Unicorn, 2017). Canadian Historical Review 100:3 (2019): 495-97.
  • [invited] “Suffragist City,” Review of Joan Sangster, One Hundred Years of Struggle: the History of Women and the Vote in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018). Ormsby Review. Reprinted BC Bookworld. Reprinted BC Booklook. 12 November 2018. https://ormsbyreview.com/2018/12/05/421-suffragist-city/
  • [invited] Review of Patrice Dutil, Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017) Ormsby Review, 2 March 2018. https://ormsbyreview.com/2018/10/03/257-macdonald-laurier-borden/
  • [invited op ed] “Governor General Should Stick to Script,” National Post, 7 November 2017, A 8.   Online: http://nationalpost.com/opinion/governor-general-should-abandon-unscripted-speeches-to-conform-to-her-role
  • [invited] “Confederation, Continuity, and the Crown: Some Reflections on Canada 150,” The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy, ed. Michael Jackson. Dundurn. 25 pp. In press.
  • “Crown Proves its use,” op ed. National Post, 11 July 2017, A 9. Online 7 July 2017: http://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-messamore-christy-clarks-indiscreet-remarks-risked-dragging-lieutenant-governor-into-controversy
  • Review of Andrew Gailey. The Lost Imperialist: Lord Dufferin, Memory and Mythmaking in an Age of Celebrity (London: John Murray, 2015) and Veronica Strong-Boag. Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015). British Journal of Canadian Studies 30:1 (June 2017): 116-117.
  • [invited] “Justin Trudeau and Canada’s 2015 Election,” The Round Table, 105:1 (February 2016): 81-4.
  • [invited] “Formidable, Flawed Man, Impossible to Idealize,” Canadian Issues: A Historical Look at John A. Macdonald (Montreal: Association for Canadian Studies, summer 2015) 32-38.http://acs-aec.ca/pdf/pubs/toc/CanadianIssues_a-historical-look-at-john-a-macdonald-seeing-canadas-first-prime-minister-in-the-context-of-his-our-times_toc.pdf 
  • Review of John Buchan: Model Governor General, William Galbraith, British Journal of Canadian Studies 27:2 (2014): 252-3.
  • “The Case for George Brown as Confederation’s True Father,” Globe and Mail online, 8 January 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/the-case-for-george-brown-as-confederations-true-father/article16241597/
  • Review of The Evolving Canadian Crown, Jennifer Smith and D. Michael Jackson, eds., Canadian Public Policy 39.1 (2013): 188-191.
  • Articles on “Sir Isaac Brock” and “Tecumseh” in Mapping 1812: a Teaching Guide by the Association of Canadian Studies. Association for Canadian Studies, 2012.
  • Review of Honoré Jaxon: Prairie Visionary, by Donald B. Smith, Journal of Historical Biography, 11 (Fall 2011): 134-37.
  • Review of Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis, Peter H. Russell and Lorne Sossin, eds. Canadian Historical Review 92:2 (June 2011): 353-5.
  • “Prorogation Then and Now” National Post, 8 December 2008.
  • Review of Emigrant Worlds and Transatlantic Communities: Migration to Upper Canada in the first Half of the Nineteenth Century by Elizabeth Jane Errington, International History Review 30 (December 2008): 843-44.
  • Review of Angus L. Macdonald: A Provincial Liberal, by T. Stephen Henderson in American Review of Canadian Studies 37 (winter 2007).
  • Review of Private Demons: the Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald by Patricia Phenix, Journal of Historical Biography 2 (Autumn 2007).
  • Review of Colonial Lives Across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century by David Lambert and Alan Lester, eds. Journal of Historical Biography 2 (Autumn 2007).
  • “Responsible Government” in Carl C. Hodge, ed. Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914.   Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing, 2007.
  • “Canada’s First Major Socialist Movement: the founding of the CCF” in Great Events from History: the Twentieth Century, 1901-1940. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2006.
  • “Edward Schreyer” in John C. Super, ed. The Seventies in America. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2005.
  • “Roland Michener” in John C. Super, ed. The Seventies in America. Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2005.
  • Review of The Governor General and the Prime Ministers: The Making and Unmaking of Governments by Edward McWhinney, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 39 (2006): 683-84.

Community Engagement

Recent Activities:

  • January 2018: Named to Board of Directors, Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada, Massey College, University of Toronto.
  • 7 November 2017: radio interview, Charles Adler Tonight, Corus Radio, on subject of Julie Payette’s controversial speech and the governor general’s role.
  • April – June 2017: Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies, teaching Master’s program students in the American Studies Program in areas of Canadian Constitutional History and Canadian International relations, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland.
  • February – March 2014: Invited visiting Scholar, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
  • Editor-in-chief and co-founder, Journal of Historical Biography, an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal published online www.ufv.ca/jhb

Founded in 2007, the JHB has published sixteen volumes, and has attracted high-quality submissions from scholars all over the world. The JHB has also proved to be a great venue for working with undergraduate assistants who learn how to edit, to correspond with scholars all over the world, and to see at close range how academic peer review and the process of scholarly publishing works.

 

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