The Historical Data Research Unit invites applications from post-doctoral researchers who might wish to contribute to one of our projects and/or make use of research resources available at the University of Guelph. Funding arrangements vary and are made in response to individual applications and resource availability. Post-doctoral research fellows normally affiliate as well with an academic department. Please contact the Unit Directors for further information.
Past Post-doctoral Fellows
Greg Kennedy completed his PhD (York University) in comparative Acadian-French history. During his time with the 1871 census project 2008-2009 Greg assembled critically important project documentation and advanced our understanding of the individuals who conducted the enumeration. In July 2009 Greg moved to the Université de Moncton as an Assistant Professor in the Département d’histoire et de géographie.
Karly Kehoe (PhD, Glasgow) in 2007 and 2008 used her superb knowledge of the mid-Victorian Scottish census to help us develop a better understanding of the 1871 Scottish enumeration. In 2009 Karly moved to the University of Highlands and Islands Milennium Institute as a permanent lecturer.
Michelle Hamilton (PhD UWO) brought to the 1871 and 1891 census projects considerable expertise in aboriginal-white relations. During her three years in Guelph 2005-2008 Michelle greatly improved our understanding of when and how the census enumerated native peoples. She is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Director of the UWO Public History Program. Michelle continues to contribute as an adjuct member of the census projects at Guelph.
Oliver Masakure has a BA and MA in Economic History and a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Reading. From 2005 to 2007 Oliver was a software consultant and manager for data security in the 1891 census project. He is now an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Oliver continues to contribute to HDRU research into historical health and well-being in southern Africa.
Gary Peatling, a D.Phil from the University of Oxford, brought to the early stages of the 1891 census project his considerable experience in databases and computing for the humanities. During 2003 and 2004 he worked closely with Kevin James, Jill Leslie and Kris Inwood to develop a database design appropriate for the source characteristics. Gary is now working at the University of Plymouth.