Concordia University



Dr. Steven High

Professor of, History
Founding Member, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling

Steven High is at the lower right with his son, with contributors to Remembering Mass Violence
Carol Gray
Office: S-LB 1001-21 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2413
Website(s): Steven High
Post-Industrial Montreal
Going Public
Availability: Please contact me via email rather than the telephone.

Montreal Life Stories Press Conference at the Monument National

Teaching activities

Graduate (Co-)Supervision

Post-Doctoral Fellows:
Marie Lavorel, March 2018-July 2019, Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship, "Oral History and the Rwandan Genocide." [Co-supervised with Sebastien Caquard]

Lana Povitz, 2017-2018, SSHRC, “A Slow Burn: Activist Lives after Women’s Liberation and AIDS.”

Rodolphe Gonzales, May 2017-December 2017, Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship, "Oral History and Web-Mapping." [Co-supervised with Sebastien Caquard]

Stéphane Martelly, 2015-2017, FRQSC Research-Creation (1 of 3 across QC), “Penser et créer depuis le lieu de ce silence. Élaborations de l’oeuvre absente et possible à partir des « histoires de vie » de Montréalais déplacés par la violence (Haïti-Québec).”

Lilia Topouzova, 2015-2017, SSHRC, “The Bulgarian Gulag: Survivors Remember.”

Amanda Ricci, 2016, FRQSC – Montreal History Group,“Oral History and the ‘Long’ Women’s Movement in Montreal."

Karoline Truchon, 2014-2016, SSHRC, “La mixité sociale pour qui, comment et avec quelles impacts? Témoignages audio-visuels croisés à Toronto et à Nouvelle-Orléans.”

Julie Perrone, 2014-15, SSHRC, “The Franklin Project,”Co-supervised with Peter Gossage.

Hourig Attarian, 2011-13, FQRSC, SSHRC, "'On Being Melez': Intergenerational Life Stories of Armenian Women".

Stacey Zembrzycki, 2010-12, SSHRC, “Professionalizing Survival: The Politics of Public Memory among Holocaust Survivor-Educators.”

Anna Sheftel, 2010-11, FQRSC, “Negotiating Family Narrative of Atrocity and Genocide.”    


PhD Students:

Tom Macmillan, In Progress, History PhD,“The Struggle Within: Transnational Labor Unions and the Left in the United States and Canada (1880-1955)"

Lisa Ndejuru, In Progress (ABD), PhD INDI, "Honoring Story: Speaking, Listening, Creating in the Aftermath of Violence."

Piyusha Chatterjee, In Progress (ABD) PhD INDI, “Stories from the streets of Montreal: An oral history project with buskers in the city." 

Pharo Sok, In Progress (ABD), History PhD, “Are you Cambodian? Oh, Pol Pot!” – Life Stories, Inter-generational Storytelling, and Countering Narratives in Khmer Montreal.”

Brenda Fewster, In Progress (ABD), PhD INDI, "After Combat: Life Stories of Combat Veterans Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life."

Fred Burrill, In Progress (ABD), PhD History, “Heritages of Struggle and Dispossession in Saint-Henri, 1970-2016."

Kathryn Boschmann, In Progress, PhD History, "Faith and Space: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Post-1945 Winnipeg."

Derek Garcia, In Progress, PhD History, "Chicano Educational Activists at the Colegio Jacinto Treviño in the Rio Grande Valley."

Eliot Perrin, In Progress, PhD History, "Flour Mill se fane?:Deindustrialization and Urban Renewal in Sudbury’s Francophone Quarter."

Laurence Hamel-Roy, In Progress, PhD Humanities, "Luttes à l’assurance chômage au Québec 1971-."

Angela Arsenault, In Progress, Humanities PhD, "Keeper of Industrial Memory." [Main Supervisor: Cynthia Hammond]

Khadija Baker, In Progress, Humanities PhD, "Memory as an Instrument in Social Reform Across Digital Culture, Trauma, and Resilience." [Main Supervisor: Erin Manning]

Zeina Ismael Allouche, In Progress, INDI PhD (ABD), "Forced separation from the biological family as perceived by transracial/transnational adoptees and accounting for the forced separation of Indigenous children in Canada." [Main Supervisor: Elizabeth Fast]

Carmen Ruschiensky, In Progress, PhD Humanities (ABD), "Translating Cultural Memory: Migration and Mediations of Contemporary Québécois Literature." [Main Supervisor: Sherry Simon]

Linda FitzGibbon, 2019, PhD INDI,“The memory work of an Irish Seniors Group in Ottawa.” (Main Supervisor: Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin)

Laurence Parent, 2019, Humanities PhD, “Rouler/Wheeling Montréal: Moving through, Resisting and Belonging in an Ableist City."

Nadia Hausfather, 2017,Humanities PhD, “Ghosts in our corridors: Emotional Experiences of Participants in Quebec's General Unlimited Student Strike Campaigns (2005-12)."  (Main Supervisor: JP Warren) COHDS Award of Excellence in Oral History

Lachlan MacKinnon, 2016, PhD History, “Deindustrialization on the Periphery: An Oral History of Sydney Steel, 1945-2001."

Awards: Canadian Committee on Labour History’s EugeneForsey Dissertation Prize; Governor General's Gold Medal for ConcordiaUniversity; COHDSAward of Excellence in Oral History; Concordia PhD Dissertation Prize for theHumanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts.

Rosemary O’Flaherty, 2016, PhD History, “Damming the Remains: Traces of the Lost Seaway Communities.”

Ioana Radu, 2015, Humanities PhD,“Uschiniichuu Futures: Healing, Empowerment and Agency among the Chisasibi Cree Youth.”

Awards: Concordia Stand-Out Graduate Research Award, COHDS Awardof Excellence in Oral History; Canadian Oral History Association Prize.

Heather McNabb, 2015, PhD History, “Visions of North: Exploring the Stories Photographs Can Tell and their Role in Museum Practice, 1947-1987.” 

Alan Wong, 2013, Individualized Study PhD, “Between Rage and Love”: Disidentifications Among Racialized, Ethnicized, and Colonized Allosexual Activists in Montreal. »

Shauna Janssen, 2013, Humanities PhD, “Spaces of Indeterminancy: Artistic Engagement with former Industrial Sites.” 
Concordia Doctoral Prize: FirstGraduating Class Award. 

Luba Serge, 2013, Individualized PhD, “Benny Farm: A Study of Collective Action, Local Democracy and Power.”

Catherine Foisy, 2012, Humanities PhD, “Des Québécois aux frontière : dialogues et affrontements culturels aux dimensions du monde. Récits missionnaires d’Asie, d’Afrique et d’Amérique latine (1945-1980). 

Lindsay Pattison, 2011, PhD History, “The Dynamics of the Disc’: Ultimate (Frisbee),Community and Memory,1968-2011”

Erin Jessee, 2011, Humanities PhD,“Inscribed Intent: Genocidal Symbolic Violence and Social Death in the Aftermath  of the Rwandan and Bosnian Genocides. 


Master’s Students:

Veronica Mockler, In Progress, INDI MA, “CreatingPerformance for Citizen Self-Representation."

Graham Latham, In Progress, History MA, “GainingGround: Land as Commodity in the Colonial Encounter"

Genevieve Riou, In Progress, History MA,“Haitian Cultural Memories of Conflict and Displacement in Canada."

Bryan Gordon, In Progress, History MA, "Hoarders: An Oral History."

Lauren Laframboise, In Progress, History MA, "The Suburbanized Spatial Restructuring of Montreal’s Garment Factories, 1959 to 1989."

Kelann Currie-Williams, In Progress, INDI MA, "Image Worlds of Black Montreal." [secondary advisor]

Tanya Steinberg, 2019, History MA, “Place,Community and Memory in Postindustrial Pointe-Saint-Charles"

Sara Kendall, 2017,Individualized MA, “On the Revitalized City, At-Risk Youth, and Other Ways of Telling.”

Tyson Rosberg, 2016, History MA,“A Sheltered World: Remembering the Great Depression in Rural Quebec and the Prairies."

Eliot Perrin, 2016, History MA,“The Emergence of the Heritage Preservation Movement in Montreal.”

Pharo Sok, 2015, History MA, “Making Memories in Montreal: Cambodian Canadians and the Strategic Construction of Past and Present Selves, 1974-2015.”

Liam Michaud O’Grady, 2015, SIP MA(Co-Supervision), “La repression, ça finit par donner des résultats’: The Displacement and Erasure of Street Culture in Downtown Montréal, 1995-2010.” 

Kyle Marsh, 2015, History MA, “The Consequence of Babel: 9/11 as Focal Point of Dispute in American Socio-Political Discourse.” 

Ashley Clarkson, 2015, History MA, “Oral History at Pier 21: Canada’s National Museum of Immigration.”

Aude Maltais-Landry, 2014, History MA, « Le concept de reserve indienne: étude de casde la communauté de Nutashkuan, »

COHDS Prize for Excellence in Oral History;Thesis prize for the Department of History, Concordia University.

Al Yoshizawa, 2014, History MA, “The Hunt for Matsutake.”

Simon Vickers, 2014, History MA, “From Balconville to Condoville – what about Co-opville? The Cooperative Housing Movement in Point St. Charles.”

Samah Affan, 2013, History MA, “Keywords in Conversation: Lessons from the Social Production of Space for Oral Histories of African Diasporas.”

Kim Moore, 2013, History MA, “Subjective Listening: Methodological and Interpretative Challenges and Opportunities in Constructing an Online Oral History Database.” 

Emily MacLeod, 2013, History MA. “Revisiting Old Town: Examining the Post-Occupational History of the Fortress of Louisbourg.”

Caroline Raimbault, 2012, Co-Director. "Une muséologie de l’immatériel: Réflexions sur la mise en valeur du témoignageoral à travers l’exemple de l’exposition Quartiers disparus au Centred’histoire de Montréal.” Université de Nantes.

Caitlin Alton, 2011, History MA, “Cultural Diversity in Mile End: Everyday Interactions between Hasidim and Non-Hasidim.”

Marie Pelletier, 2011, History MA “”Finding Meaning in Oral History Sources through Storytelling and Religion:  Case Study of Three Cambodian Refugees.”

Jessica Mills, 2010, History MA. “What’s the Point? The Meaning of Place, Memory, and Community in Point Saint Charles, Quebec.”Prize for best thesis in the Department of History, Concordia University.

Maija Lise Fenger, 2009, History MA. “Banff Indian Days and the Stoney First Nation: An Exploration of the Frontier Myth.”

Jessica Silva, 2009, History MA, “Interpreting Genocide: The Graphic Novel of Rwandan-Montrealer Rupert Bazambanza.” 2009.

Christopher Clarke, 2008, History MA. “The Rucksack Revolution: The Beat Generation’s Views of Nature.”

Anna Wilkinson, 2008, History MA, “Oral History and Museums: A Case Study.”

William Hamilton, 2008, History MA, “The Miner’s Memorial of Kirkland Lake, Ontario.”


Undergraduate Teaching

I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. At the 200-level, I teach Post-Confederation Canada. At the 300-level, I teach several courses in the public history stream including Telling Stories and the Urban History Laboratory. At the 400/graduate level, I teach Oral History, Working Class Public History, and Confronting Ruination in Postindustrial Places. In 2019-20, I will be teaching my 300-level Telling Stories course which will focus on the Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora. I will then be on 6 months sabbatical from January to June 2020.

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