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Michelle Macleod

Michelle Macleod

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

Photographic Technology and Nation-building: The Use of the Leggotype in Canadian Illustrated News (1869-1883) and L’Opinion Publique (1870-1883)


Dr. Martha Langford

Research Interests
  • Canadian Photography
  • Photographic Theory
  • Print Culture
  • Technology
  • Nationalism
  • Materiality


Michelle Macleod is a PhD student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University. Her research examines the social and cultural implications of the dissemination of early Canadian photography through two highly influential nineteenth-century illustrated periodicals: Canadian Illustrated News (1869-1883) and its French-language counterpart l’Opinion Publique (1870-1883).

Michelle completed her MA at Ryerson University in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management. The resulting thesis in fulfillment of this degree is titled, “Defining a Research Tool: An Object-based Study of a Group of Inter-related Photographic Objects Attributed to the James Inglis Studio (1866 – 1884) in the McCord Museum, Montreal”. This work was the result of an internship at the McCord Museum and is intended to serve as a model for photographic and social historians when presented with inter-related, multi-part photographic objects. Michelle completed her BFA in Art History at Concordia University. She is delighted to be a part of Concordia’s vibrant Art History department again as a graduate student and part-time faculty.

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses
  • ARTH 359 Studies in Contemporary Photographis Art


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