Kevin Brushett

Kevin Brushett
Kevin Brushett
BA, Ma, PhD, Assistant Professor
M 326
(613) 541-6000 ext 8786
(613) 536-4801
Department of History

College Address

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

Dr Kevin Brushett is a graduate of Queen's University and teaches in the fields of modern Canadian and American political, social, and diplomatic history. Dr Brushett's research focuses on the relationship between civil society organizations and the state in Canada in the latter half of the 20th century. He is currently finalizing a book on the Company of Young Canadians (The Uncomfortable Few: The Company of Young Canadians and the Politics of Youth 1965-1975). The CYC was a state-sponsored community development organization initiated by the Canadian government between 1965 and 1975. He has also commenced a project that examines the growth and performance of Canadian international development policies between 1965 and 1985 through the lens of the Canadian International Development Agency's Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Branch, which sponsored community development programs in the Global South between 1965 and 1985. Dr Brushett belongs to a number of research groups and organizations including the Political History Group, Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Network for Humanitarian History, the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, and the Interuniversity research group on the Quebec of the Sixties and its external relations (GRIQUERE).

Dr Brushett is currently chair of the Department of History. 

University Degrees

  • PhD -Queen's University
  • MA - Queen's University
  • BA Hons - York University

Research Interests

  • North American Political and Social History - Post 1945
  • History of Social Movements
  • Humanitarianism and International Development
  • Canadian and American Foreign Relations

Courses Taught

  • HIE 102 - History of Canada
  • HIE 207 - History of Canada
  • HIE 312 - History of the United States 1750-1877
  • HIE 314 - History of the United States 1865-Present
  • HIE 336 - The American Civil War
  • HIE 408 - Canadian External Relations
  • HIE 416 - The United States as an Emerging Power to 1919
  • HIE 418 - The United States as a World Power Since 1919
  • HIE 453 - War, Peace and Civil Society in the 20th Century


  • "Robert McNamara, Lester Pearson and the Commission on International Development 1967-1973," Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol 26, 1 (March 2015)
  • "Joseph Marks," Dictionary of Canadian Biography Volume 16 (University of Toronto Press) (In Translation)
  • "Combler le fossé entre les deux solitudes : Animation sociale, développement communautaire et la Compagnie des Jeunes Canadiens, 1965-1975," Bulletin d'histoire politique Vol 23, 1 (Autumn 2014), 62-81
  • "Federally Financed Felquistes: The Company of Young Canadians and Quebec Nationalism, 1965-1970" Quebec Studies, 55, (Spring-Summer 2013), 77-99.
  • "Making Shit Disturbers: The Selection and Training of Company of Young Canadian Volunteers 1965-1970," in The Sixties in Canada: A Turbulent and Creative Decade, M.Athena Palaeologu, (ed) (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2009), 246-69.
  • "Where Will They Go?" Toronto's Emergency Housing Program and the Limits of Canadian Social Housing Policy, 1944-1957, Journal of Urban History Volume 33, No 3 (March 2007), 375-399.
  • "'People and Government Travelling Together': Community Organization, Urban Planning and the Politics of Post-War Reconstruction in Toronto 1943-1953," Urban History Review, Volume XXVII, No. 2 (March 1999).
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