Cheryl Desroches

Cheryl Desroches
Ph.D. Adjunct Professor
(613) 541-6000 ext 6615

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

My recently completed doctoral thesis utilized a comparative approach in an examination of the role of government policy in the establishment of institutions such as asylums, prisons, jails, workhouses and hospitals in Upper Canada/Ontario and Nova Scotia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since the completion of my doctoral thesis in August 2008 I have begun to explore the situation of those individuals who used state funded institutions for the needy in the 18th – 20th centuries. In addition, I have also begun to investigate the relationship between the military and society during the colonial period in Atlantic Canada.

University Degrees:

  • Ph.D. (Queen’s University)
  • M.A. (University of Ottawa)
  • B.A. Honours (University of Ottawa)

Research Interests:

  • Colonial history
  • Government policy
  • The history of medicine, technology and society

Courses Taught:

  • HEI 102 - Canadian History
  • HIST - History of the Modern World
  • HIST 260 - Canadian History
  • MECH ENG 333X - History of Engineering, Science and Technology
  • HIST 280 - History of Women in North America

Recent Publications:

  • Book review, The Lady Lumberjack: An Annotated Collection of Dorothea Mitchell’s Writings (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University, 2005).  Michel S. Beaulieu and Ronald N. Harpelle, Editors. Ontario History, November 2007.
  • An Assessment of the Influence of the Media on the Public’s Perception of the Military 155-210. Opinion Polls as a Measure of Public Perception - A Cautionary Tale, 211-228. In From the Outside Looking In: Media and Defence Analyst Perspectives on Canadian Military Leadership. Colonel Bernd Horn, editor. Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2005.
  • Everyone in Their Place: The Formation of Institutional Care for the Elderly in Nineteenth Century Ontario In the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Societe historique de Canada, 15 (1) 2004, 49-70
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