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Martin Danyluk, PhD

Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Martin Danyluk, PhD
© Concordia University. Photo by Lisa Graves.

I am a geographer and urban planner. My work focuses on infrastructure, housing, and transportation, exploring how intersecting forms of inequality are produced and contested in cities.

My doctoral research examined the webs of violence and conflict that surround the movement of goods through the global capitalist economy. I studied these dynamics in the context of the expansion of the Panama Canal, opened in June 2016 to some of the world’s largest cargo ships. In connection with the canal expansion, port cities throughout the Western Hemisphere were transformed. Local and national governments, port authorities, and actors in the shipping, logistics, and real estate industries invested in infrastructure and forged new alliances to position their regions as strategic nodes within a shifting geography of transnational trade. My research took me to Panama City, Los Angeles, and New York—three of the busiest container ports in the Americas—to explore the reorganization of commodity flows and the political struggles it is provoking over land, labour, and the environment.

Before coming to Concordia, I was a policy analyst at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and an assistant professor of geography at the University of Nottingham. I have a PhD in geography and an MSc in urban planning from the University of Toronto.


URBS 230—Urbanization: Global and Historical Perspectives
URBS 380—Urban and Regional Economic Development
URBS 470—Public Infrastructure Finance for Planners

Selected publications


B.A., M.A. McGill, Ph.D. Université du Québec à Montréal

Peter Gossage arrived at Concordia from a faculty position at the Université de Sherbrooke, which he held from 1993 to 2009. A scholar of 19th-and 20th-century Quebec, his main research areas are family, gender, population, and the law. Along with several other books and many articles, he is co-author, with J.I. Little, of Une Histoire du Québec: Entre tradition et modernité (Hurtubise, 2015) and co-editor, with Robert Rutherdale, of Making Men, Making History: Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place (UBC Press, 2018). Professor Gossage is an active member of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises ( and the Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales ( and was named a Fellow of Concordia’s School of Irish Studies in 2017. In the course of his career, he has served as co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review (2000-2002) and held visiting fellowships at the University of Victoria (1999-2000) and at the University of California, Berkeley (2007-2008). He is also co-director, with John Lutz and Ruth Sandwell, of the prize-winning educational website Great UnsolvedMysteries in Canadian History (

Peter Gossage welcomes e-mail inquiries from students interested in Quebec society and culture, especially those wishing to explore topics in family and gender history between 1840 and 1960.

Pour une entrevue récente au sujet de son parcours intellectuel, voir le lien suivant:


Media appearances

Courses offered regularly

HIST 205 - History of Canada: Post Confederation   
HIST 210 - Quebec since Confederation   
HIST 307 - History of Montreal   
HIST 313 - Quebec in the Nineteenth Century 
HIST 314 - Quebec in the Twentieth Century  
HIST 412/620/820 - Selected Topics in Canadian History: Quebec Society and Culture
HIST 412/620/820 - Selected Topics in Canadian History: Family, Gender, and Community

Recent graduate and honours supervision

Doctoral Dissertations

Lisa Moore. Girls on Trial: Female Juvenile Delinquency in Montreal, 1950-1977. PhD Dissertation in history, Concordia University, in progress since September 2017.

Jonathan Fortin. Femmes libres, marginales ou vieilles filles? Le célibat féminin à Montréal de 1880 à 1939. PhD Dissertation inh istory, Université du Québec à Montréal, co-supervision with Magda Fahrni, in progress since September 2016

Catherine Tremblay. Entre punition et protection. Les jeunes et leur famille devant les tribunaux de la région du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean de 1950 à 1977. PhD Dissertation in history, Université de Sherbrooke, co-supervision with Louise Bienvenue, in progress since September 2015.

Paul D’Amboise. A History of Policing in the Eastern Townships, 1900-1950. PhD Dissertation in history, Concordia University, in progress since September 2015.

Michael Krohn. Ready Aye Ready! The Imperial Munitions Board and Canada's Home Front: 1915-1919. PhD Dissertation in history,Concordia University, in progress since September 2015.

Marie-Hélène Vanier. Child-Welfare Exhibits in North America,1910-1920: The Rise and Fall of a Public Education Project in the Progressive Era.  PhD Dissertation in history, Concordia University, in progress since September 2011.

Jérémy Tétrault-Farber. Une ville – plusieurs reels: Montreal’sMulticultural Irish Soundscape. PhD Dissertation in the HUMA (Humanities)program, School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University, co-supervision withGearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (Irish Studies, primary supervisor) and Jane McGaughey(Iish Studies). Defended in the School of Irish Studies, 28 May 2019.

Masters Theses

Ryan Mercado, Jewish Montreal and the Sovereignty Movement. Thesis in history, co-supervised with Ira Robinson (Department of Religions and Cultures); in progress since September 2017; supervision since May 2018.

Isobel Plowright. Repentance could weep unseen: MaisonSainte-Madeleine 1850-1975. Thesis in the INDI (Individualized) Masters program, School of Graduate Studies, co-supervision with Emer O’Toole (Canadian Irish Studies – primary advisor) and Rhona Richman Kenneally (Design and Computation Arts), completed August 2017.

Jason Butters. For Empire or Dominion? Prestige or Adventure? The Men of the Canadian Legation in Tokyo,1929-1933. Thesis in history, completed December 2016.

Alexandra Lantosh. Shifting Boundaries of Inclusion and Exclusion: Montreal’s Female Painters, 1890s-1940s. Original essay in history, completed June 2015.

Lisa Moore. Practices of the Privileged: A Study of Youth Culture at Private Schools for Girls inMontreal, 1915-1980. Thesis in history, completed May 2015.

Troy Cluff. Commemorative Postmortem Photographs in Canada: Nineteenth-Century Origins and Twentieth-Century Developments. Original essay in history, completed June 2014.

Sarah Ring. Uncovering the Hybrid Nature of Montreal's "Lost" Rivers. Original essay in history, completed December2013.

Simon Roy.  La Guerre froide dans son arrière-cour: les impacts et les interactions socioéconomiques engendrés par l’implantation d’une station-radar de la Pinetree Line à Senneterre. April 2013. (Université de Sherbrooke)

Jade Winsor. From Sympathy to Hostility: Public Reactionto Teacher Strikes in Quebec, 1949-1983. Original essay in history, completed October 2012.

Ryan Madden.  Saving Montreal: The Underlying Values of Urban Conservation in 1970s Montreal. Original essay in history, completed August 2012.

Jennifer Doyon.  Le Divorce au Québec, 1964-1972.  Un Débat de société.  July 2011. (Université de Sherbrooke)

GuillaumeParenteau-Saudrais. Maris et pères devantles tribunaux civils québécois, 1900-1920. Co-supervisionwith Thierry Nootens (UQTR) January 2010. (Université de Sherbrooke)

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