Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

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Undressed Toronto

It is always a pleasure to read (and re-read) a good book in depth. This past year I spent some time with Dale Barbour’s new history of bathing in Toronto, … Continue reading

March 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Yonge Street’s second-last strip club closing its doors

The Brass Rail, for decades one of the most visible sexual entertainment venues on downtown Yonge Street, is finally closing its doors. I was interviewed on the subject by Oliver Moore of the Globe and Mail.

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bad behaviours in the city

I’m delighted to see the special issue of the Urban History Review that I co-edited with Matthieu Caron finally in print! The theme is “bad behaviours and disorderly public spaces.”

November 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

East end vs. west end Toronto

East end and west end. What is behind local identities in Toronto today? I was interviewed on the subject by the Toronto Star.

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Histories of urban knowledge

I’m delighted to be organizing an urban history conference around the theme of Histories of Urban Knowledge.

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Active History in University Affairs

The Active History project was profiled today in University Affairs magazine, in English and in French.

December 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

De Toronto à Montréal

C’est avec grand plaisir que j’annonce mon installation à Montréal, où je fais désormais partie du Département d’histoire à l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

A murder that changed Toronto?

Today I’m featured in an article on the CBC exploring the impact of the ’77 shoeshine boy murder on Toronto.

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment


Thrilled to announce that my PhD defence at York University was a great success. The end of a long journey, and the start of new, exciting things.

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

My PhD defence

I’m excited to announce that I will defend my PhD thesis at York University on March 2, 2017.

January 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Across the pond

This fall, the view from my window looks a bit different. Until December, I’ll be an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban History in Leicester, UK.

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

My TPL Talk: Vice and Virtue on the Yonge Street Strip

I’m giving a talk at the Deer Park public library next Wednesday evening about my research on Yonge Street’s 1970s “Sin Strip.”

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fall 2012 issue of Historical Studies in Education / La Revue d’histoire de l’éducation

This morning the Fall 2012 issue of Historical Studies in Education/La Revue d’histoire de l’éducation went online.

October 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eric Hobsbawm

Yesterday (Oct 1) celebrated British historian Eric Hobsbawm succumbed to a long illness at the age of 95. Hobsbawm was a giant in the profession, a pioneer of social history and an engaged public historian.

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

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