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Matthew Wiseman
Matthew Wiseman
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of History

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University

MA, Lakehead University

BA Honours, Lakehead University

519-884-8111 

SH 2016
BIOGRAPHY

I am a historian of science, technology, and medical research ethics whose published work examines the political and moral dimensions of state-sponsored research conducted at government, private, and academic institutions. My work has appeared in such leading publications as the Canadian Historical Review and the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. I published an edited collection of papers by nuclear physicist Dr George Lindsey in 2019 (The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey) and am the author of a forthcoming book on the history of Arctic science in Canada during the Cold War. As a Banting Fellow at St. Jerome's University, my current research project studies the history of Canada’s National Research Council and gender-based discrimination encountered and overcome by women scientists in the twentieth century.

PUBLICATIONS

The content that follows may only represent a portion of the Faculty member’s work.

 

Books

 

Frontier Science: Northern Canada, Military Research, and the Cold War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Under contract]

 

Ed. The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. 328 pp.

 

Articles

 

“The Weather Factory: Biophysicist Alan C. Burton and Military Research at the University of Western Ontario, 1945–70.” Scientia Canadensis. [Accepted for publication and forthcoming]

 

With Jane Nicholas. “Synchronized Swimming in Ontario, 1920–50s: Gender, Beauty, and Sport.” Sport History Review, 53, no. 1 (May 2022): 1-20.

 

“Canadian Scientists and Military Research in the Cold War, 1947–60.” Canadian Historical Review 100, no. 3 (September 2019): 439–63.

 

“Unlocking the ‘Eskimo Secret’: Defence Science in the Cold War Canadian Arctic, 1947–1954.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 26, no. 1 (2015): 191–223. Backdated and published July 2016.

 

“The Development of Cold War Soldiery: Acclimatisation Research and Military Indoctrination in the Canadian Arctic, 1947–1953.” Canadian Military History 24, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2015): 127–55.

 

Chapters

 

“‘Baptism by Fire’: Canadian Soldiers and Radiation Exposure at Nevada and Maralinga.” In The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age, edited by Susan Colbourn and Timothy Andrews Sayle, 153–77. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020. Solicited.

 

“The Future of the Arctic Council.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Arctic Policy and Politics, edited by Ken Coates and Carin Holroyd, 439–52. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Solicited.

 

“Frontier Footage: Science and Colonial Attitudes on Film in Northern Canada, 1948–1954.” In Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War, edited by Stephen Bocking and Daniel Heidt, 61–74. New York: Routledge, 2019. Solicited.

 

“Introduction.” In The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War, by George R. Lindsey; edited by Matthew S. Wiseman, xv–xxxii. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

 

“Afterword.” In The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War, by George R. Lindsey; edited by Matthew S. Wiseman, 219–23. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (SSHRC-funded, 2020-22)

Provost’s Support Grant for Banting Fellows, University of Waterloo (2020-22)

Vera Roberts’ Research Award, Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (2018-19)

Faculty Research Grant, St. Jerome’s University (with Jane Nicholas, 2018)

Associated Medical Services Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-20)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-19)

Doctoral Essay Prize, Tri-University Graduate Program in History (2017)

Northern Research Fund, Churchill Northern Studies Centre (2016)

Dean’s Scholarship, Wilfrid Laurier University (2015-16)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2014-17)

PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Communications Director, Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (2020-)

Co-editor, Canadian Eyes Only, Canadian International History Committee (2018-)

Junior Fellow, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto (2017-)

Book Review Editor, Canadian Military History (2014-17)

Manager, Speaker Series, Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (2014-17)

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