BA Saint Mary’s University
MA Dalhousie University
PhD Dalhousie University


Katherine studies gender and women’s history in North America, with a particular focus on the intersection of settler and Indigenous histories in Arctic and sub-Arctic Canada. Her first book, forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press, considers the experiences of women and girls involved with American exploratory expeditions to the eastern Arctic between 1890 and 1940. She is also interested in the labour and social histories of sex work in North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Katherine currently holds a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount, where she is working on a project that considers regional connections between Atlantic Canada and the eastern Arctic in the postwar period. This project centers around the photographs, interviews, and Inuit art collected by two women journalists who were based in Halifax and who travelled to eastern Arctic communities in the 1960s.

Selected Publications:

“‘I am the first of my kind to see it’: Observation and Authorship in Mina Hubbard’s Performance as Labrador Explorer, 1905-1908,” Acadiensis 52:1 (2023): 65-95.

“‘Profits, Savings, Health, Peace, Order’: Prostitution, Urban Planning and Imperial Identity in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1898-1912,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 46:3 (2018): 446-472.

With Kirrily Freeman, “‘Amusez-vous, Vichyssois’: Wartime morality and Home Front tensions in First World War Vichy,” French History 31:2 (2017): 194-218.

“The Quest for Respectability: The Charitable Irish Society in Victorian Halifax,” Historical Studies Occasional Paper: Irish Catholic Halifax 81 (2015): 167-194.