Lara Campbell

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Professor and Department Chair

AQ 5096

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Areas of specialty: Canadian women’s and gender history; history of gender and welfare states; history of political protest in North America

Accepting graduate students in all of the above areas


BA (History) and BSW (Social Work): McMaster University
MA (History): University of Toronto
PhD: (History): Queen’s University


Pre-and Post-Confederation women’s history; History of social protest in North America; History of sex/gender in the 1960s; Feminist Theory; Introduction to Gender


  • Gender History: Canadian Perspectives. Co-authored with Willeen Keough. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Worth Fighting For: War Resistance in Canada from the War of 1812 to the War on Terror. Edited with Catherine Gidney and Michael Dawson. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2015.
  • Debating Dissent: The Sixties in Canada. Edited with Greg Kealey and Dominique Clément.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression (University of Toronto Press, 2009)

Upcoming Publications:

  • Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. 8th Edition. Edited with Adele Perry and Tamara Myers. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2016. Forthcoming.
  • Canadian Women’s Enfranchisement and Struggles for Democracy: A History of Suffrage in British Columbia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016. Under Contract


  • Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Simon Fraser University [2015]
  • National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History, Marion Dewar Prize, 2011
  • Honourable Mention, Respectable Citizens, Canadian Women’s Studies Association Book Prize, 2011; Honourable Mention, Respectable Citizens, Sir John A. MacDonald Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association, 2010
  • SFU, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley Cormack Teaching Award, 2010



Spring 2020

Future courses may be subject to change.

Worth Fighting For
Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror

Edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).

As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of Canada’s participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.

Gender History
Canadian Perspectives

Willeen Keough and Lara Campbell

Combining primary and secondary sources with original discussions, Gender History examines the full range of gender experiences - past and present - beyond typical conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Addressing both the chronology and crucial themes of gender in Canada, this combination text/reader is an essential resource for understanding the evolution of the Canadian gender system.

Readership : Gender History: Canadian Perspectives is a core text for gender history courses, which are generally offered through history departments at Canadian universities in third or fourth year.

Oxford University Pres


Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties

Lara A. Campbell, Dominique Clement, Gregory S. Kealey

Although the 1960s are overwhelmingly associated with student radicalism and the New Left, most Canadians witnessed the decade’s political, economic, and cultural turmoil from a different perspective. Debating Dissent dispels the myths and stereotypes associated with the 1960s by examining what this era’s transformations meant to diverse groups of Canadians – and not only protestors, youth, or the white middle-class.

With critical contributions from new and senior scholars, Debating Dissent integrates traditional conceptions of the 1960s as a ‘time apart’ within the broader framework of the ‘long-sixties’ and post-1945 Canada, and places Canada within a local, national, an international context. Cutting-edge essays in social, intellectual, and political history reflect a range of historical interpretation and explore such diverse topics as narcotics, the environment, education, workers, Aboriginal and Black activism, nationalism, Quebec, women, and bilingualism. Touching on the decade’s biggest issues, from changing cultural norms to the role of the state, Debating Dissent critically examines ideas of generational change and the sixties.

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (October 9, 2012)

Lara Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University.

High unemployment rates, humiliating relief policy, and the spectre of eviction characterized the experiences of many Ontario families in the Great Depression. Respectable Citizens is an examination of the material difficulties and survival strategies of families facing poverty and unemployment, and an analysis of how collective action and protest redefined the meanings of welfare and citizenship in the 1930s.

Lara Campbell draws on diverse sources including newspapers, family and juvenile court records, premiers' papers, memoirs, and oral histories to uncover the ways in which the material workings of the family and the discursive category of "respectable" citizenship were invested with gendered obligations and Anglo-British identity. Respectable Citizens demonstrates how women and men represented themselves as entitled to make specific claims on the state, shedding new light on the cooperative and conflictiong relationships between men and women, parents and children, and citizen and state in 1930s Canada.

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