Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

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CURRENT POSITION

August 2017 – present     Professeur, Département d’histoire, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

EDUCATION

2010 – 2017     Doctorate in History, York University

Thesis title: Remaking Downtown Toronto : Politics, Development,  and Public Space on Yonge Street, 1950-1980

Committee members : Marcel Martel, Colin Coates, and Marlene Shore

Examination fields: Canadian and American History, Cultural History

2009 – 2010     MA in History, York University

Thesis title: The Battle for Love Street: Hip Kitsilano and Vancouver’s “Hippie Problem”, 1967-8

2001 – 2006     Honours Bachelor of Arts, History Specialist, University of Toronto

VISITING SCHOLAR

Fall 2014      Visiting Fellow, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK

PRIZES, GRANTS, AND COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

Prizes

2016    Winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s (CHA) 2016 Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize for the article « “Vive la vélorution !” : Le Monde à bicyclette et les origines du mouvement cycliste à Montréal, 1975-1980. » Awarded to the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal by a graduate student in Canada in 2015. $250

2016    Co-recipient (with the other members of the Editorial Collective) of the CHA’s 2016 Public History Prize for the website ActiveHistory.ca

2015    Co-finalist (with Jay Young) for the Toronto Heritage Awards 2015 Short Publication Prize for the blog post “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: A City Museum for Toronto,” ActiveHistory.ca (June 17, 2014)

 

Merit-based scholarships

2015 – 2016      Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), $15,000

2014 – 2015      Avie Bennett Historica Canada Doctoral Scholarship, York University. $25,000

2014                 Michael Smith Foreign Study Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a research visit to the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, UK. $5,000

2011 – 2014      SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Scholarship. $105,000

2010 – 2011      York University Graduate Scholarship. $2,000

Grants for research and knowledge mobilization

2015    SSHRC Connection Grant for the community-based project “New Directions in Active History : Institutions, Communications, Technologies,” October 2015. $19,304 (co-applicant)

2014    SSHRC Connection Grant for the community-based project “Urban Transformations : The Past, Present, and Future of Toronto’s St. Clair West,” Toronto, June 2014. $9,200 (collaborator)

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Reasearch fields

Canadian history (19th – 20th centuries)

North American urban history (19th – 20th centuries)

History of capitalism and urban development

History of citizen activism

History of the construction and regulation of public space

History of alternative transportation in the automobile age

Current research projects

Eaton’s and the Making of Downtown Canada, 1870-1980

Urban Cycling in the Automobile Age, 1950-2000

 

Peer-reviewed articles

« “Vive la vélorution !” : Le Monde à bicyclette et les origines du mouvement cycliste à Montréal, 1975-1980, » Bulletin d’histoire politique 23 : 2 (Hiver 2015), pp. 92-112.           Winner of the CHA’s 2016 Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize

“Panic on Love Street : Citizens and Local Government Respond to Vancouver’s Hippie Problem, 1967-68,” BC Studies, 180 (Winter 2013/14), pp. 11-41

 

Book chapter

“‘Vive la vélorution!’ : Le Monde à bicyclette and the Origins of Cycling Advocacy in Montreal,” in Colin Coates, ed. Canadian Countercultures and the Environment (University of Calgary Press, 2016), pp. 127-50

Book project

Transforming the Heart of the City: The Politics of Development and Public Space on Toronto’s Yonge Street. Manuscript in preparation.

Book reviews

Armstrong, Christopher, Making Toronto Modern: Architecture and Design, 1895-1975. Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine 44:1-2 (2016), pp. 76

White, Richard, Planning Toronto: The Planners, the Plans, Their Legacies, 1940-1980. Christopher Moore’s History News, 2016

Sewell, John, How We Changed Toronto. ActiveHistory.ca, 2015

Squires, Jessica, Building Sanctuary: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada, 1965-73. BC Studies, 184 (Winter 2014/2015), pp. 164-65

Champion, C. P., The Strange Demise of British Canada: The Liberals and Canadian Nationalism, 1964-68. H-Canada, H-Net Reviews, 2011

 

In the popular press

“Yonge Street Mall: Fun and failure of ‘70s pedestrian project,” Spacing Magazine (Winter 2016), pp. 38-41

“Sex on Yonge: Examining the decade when Yonge Street was the city’s sin strip,” Spacing Magazine (Fall 2014), pp. 24-27

“150 Years of Bikes in Toronto,” Spacing Magazine (Spring 2014), p. 40

 

Blog posts

(With Tom Peace). “What does Canadian history look like? Active History at the 2016 CHA,” ActiveHistory.ca (May 26, 2016)

“How Did the Urban Reformers Change Toronto?” ActiveHistory.ca (December 10, 2015)

(With Tom Peace). “Exploring New Directions in Active History,” ActiveHistory.ca (September 28, 2015)

“The Die-In: A Short History,” ActiveHistory.ca (June 29, 2015)

“Toronto vs. Montréal: A Short History,” ActiveHistory.ca (May 6, 2015)

“The king in a car park: Digging up Richard III,” ActiveHistory.ca (January 29, 2015)

“Feeling the City: Getting at the Historical Sights and Sounds of Downtown,” ActiveHistory.ca (October 6, 2014)

(With Jay Young) “Urban Transformations: An Avenue for Academic Work in the Community,” ActiveHistory.ca (July 14, 2014)

(With Jay Young) “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: A City Museum for Toronto,” ActiveHistory.ca (June 17, 2014). Finalist for Toronto Heritage Awards Short Publication Prize in 2015

“The Value of Thinking Big: Experimenting with Pedestrian Space in Toronto, 1970s to 2014,” ActiveHistory.ca (April 28, 2014)

“Yonge Love: Crowd-sourcing the History of Toronto’s Main Drag,” ActiveHistory.ca (November 14, 2013)

“Into the Secret Archive: An Interview with the Authors of Secret Service,” ActiveHistory.ca (September 3, 2013)

(With Colin Coates) “‘American Commune’: two views of a documentary about the 1970s counterculture,” ActiveHistory.ca (May 6, 2013)

“Development, Community, and Citizen Activism in Toronto’s Kensington Market: 1960s and 2013,” ActiveHistory.ca (March 7, 2013)

“Municipal Conflicts of Interest in Canada, Old and New,” ActiveHistory.ca (December 4, 2012, August 26, 2013)

“Active History on Stage: Party People at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” ActiveHistory.ca (September 19 2012)

 

PUBLIC HISTORY

Conference and event organization

2015    Co-organizer of the conference New Directions in Active History : Institutions, Communications, Technologies, (Huron College, October 2-4). 60 participants, SSHRC Connection Grant

2014    Co-organizer of the public-academic symposium Urban Transformations : The Past, Present, and Future of Toronto’s St. Clair West, (Toronto, June 20-22). 25 participants, public lecture with attendance of 100, SSHRC Connection Grant

2012    Organizing Assistant for the workshop Borderlands, Transnationalism, and Immigration to North America,” (York University, October 19-20). 25 participants, public lecture with attendance of 50 personnnes, SSHRC Connection Grant

2012    Co-organizer of the 16th New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference (York University, February 23-25). 120 participants

 

Peer-reviewed conference presentations

“Roundtable on History and Social Media,” Annual Meeting of the CHA (Toronto, June 2017)

“Downtown at a Crossroads: Saving, Improving, and Rebuilding Toronto’s Yonge Street,” Biennial Meeting of the Urban History Association (Chicago, October 2016)

“Planning for Progress, Planning for People: The Eaton Centre and the the Development Debate in Toronto,” Annual Meeting of the CHA (Ottawa, June 2015)

“‘Downtown is for Everybody’: Citizen Activism and the Sex Industry on Toronto’s Yonge Street, 1972-1973,” Colloque : Mobilisations politiques et prises de parole citoyenne au Québec et au Canada (Montréal, October 2014)

“Streets for People: Downtown Revitalization and Toronto’s Yonge Street Pedestrian Mall, 1971-74,” 2nd World Congress of Environmental History (Guimarães, Portugal, July 2014)

“Pedestrians, Pollution and Vice on Toronto’s Yonge St. Mall, 1971-74,” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (San Francisco, March 2014)

“ ‘Vive la Vélorution!’: Le Monde à bicyclette Imagines a Bikeable City, 1975-85,” Annual Meeting of the CHA (Victoria, June 2013)

“The Battle for Love Street: Vancouverites Confront Kitsilano’s Hippie Problem, 1967-8,” New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference (York University, February 2011)

“Le combat pour Love Street : les citoyens et la ville de Vancouver répondent au problème hippie, 1967-8,” 11e Colloque de l’ARTEFACT (Université Laval, February 2011)

“Canada through the Eyes of Vietnam War Resisters, 1968-71,” Crossing Borders Conference (Niagara Falls, NY, March 2010)

Invited public lectures

“Yonge Street as an Avenue into Toronto’s History,” Jeudi d’histoire du Groupe d’histoire de Montréal (McGill University, February 23, 2017)

“Private Parts in Public Places: Toronto Debates the Sex Industry, 1972-1977,” Centre for Urban History (University of Leicester, UK, November 11, 2014)

Participant/group leader, “Visioning Workshop: The New Museum of Toronto,” DIALOG/Museum of Toronto (St. Lawrence Hall, Toronto, June 3, 2014)

“Toronto the Good? Vice and Virtue on the Yonge Street Strip,” Toronto Public Library, (December 4, 2013)

“On Networks: Cycling Advocacy,” Workshops for Inter-discipline Exchange and Novelty (WIDEN) (University of Toronto, March 21, 2013)

 

Historical walking tours

Co-developer and leader “Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in Seven Stops,” walking tour for Heritage Toronto, delivered 5 times in summer 2015

Media

“Active History website aims to ‘get history out of the university,’” University Affairs (December 5, 2017)

“How a child’s death led to the rebirth of Yonge Street,” Globe & Mail (July 22, 2017)

“O homicídio de Emanuel Jaques: 40 anos depois,” Sol Português (June 30, 2017)

“Murder of Emanuel Jaques changed the face of Yonge Street and Toronto,” CBC News (June 22, 2017).

“Doing History: Daniel Ross,” Rapport, blog of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association (March 16, 2017).

“Pressing Pause on Development,” CBC Six O’Clock News Toronto (December 16, 2016), 11:56

“Heritage Award Round-up,” Bloor West Villager (September 27, 2015)

“The History of St. Clair West,” CBC Here and Now with Gill Deacon (June 20, 2014)

History Slam Podcast #23: Congress Recap (June 12, 2013)

“Tossing the Boss throughout the Years,” Toronto Star (January 7, 2013)

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

University teaching

2017-2018     Course director, HIS4567: Histoire de l’immigration et des communautés ethnoculturelles au Québec (Université du Québec à Montréal)

2012 – 2013    Graduate Teaching Assistant. Leader of two seminars of 25 undergraduate students. Canadian Studies 1920: Introduction to Canadian Studies (Glendon College, York University)

2007 – 2008    English Lecteur. Responsible for developing and teaching three courses—English for students in law, economics, and social and economic administration—five groups of 30 undergraduate students (Département des Langues et Civilisations, Université de Toulouse 1, France)

 

Guest lecturer

February 2016  “Doing Active History in the City & Online,”  HIST 4310: Histoire Vivante: créer l’histoire du Grand Toronto (Glendon College, York University)

March 2014     (With Jay Young) “Planning Community Heritage Events: Lessons from Urban Transformations,” HIST 4570: Public History (York University)

 

Secondary school teaching

2006 – 2007    English teaching assistant. Responsible for students aged 8 to 19 years. Ministère de l’Éducation nationale (Terrasson, France)

 

Course development

2013 – 2014     York University, HIST 1086: Vice, Bad Behaviours and Social Regulation in North America since 1600 (with Tom Hooper and Marcel Martel)

2011 – 2012     York University, HIST 3100: A History of Citizenship in Canada and Québec (component of doctoral examinations)

2007 – 2008     Université de Toulouse 1, Anglais de l’actualité et du monde du travail : cours d’anglais pour les étudiants en troisième année du programme d’Administration économique et sociale

 

Teacher training

2013    eLearning Bootcamp, York University. Workshop on the development and teaching of online courses

Research consultant

Aug. – Dec. 2016    Consultant in research and public policy, Ombudsman’s Office, Hydro One

2010                      Researcher, biography project. Myer Siemiatycki, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University

SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT

Committee membership

2014 –                  Member of the Editorial Collective and Public Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator for ActiveHistory.ca

2012 – 2014         Co-Chair, Graduate Student Committee of the CHA

2012 – 2014         Member of the Executive Board, Robarts Centre for Canadian                                 Studies (York University)

2013                     Member of the Tenure Review Committee, Department of History (York University)

 

Professional memberships

Canadian Historical Association

Canadian Studies Network

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE)

Urban History Association

Editor and journal manager

2014 –              Co-editor of the site ActiveHistory.ca. Responsible for dozens of blogs and articles, including popular series on Terry Fox (spring 2015, the history of refugees in Canada (October 2015), urban planning in Toronto (2016 – 2017) and the film The Revenant in historical perspective (January 2016)

2009 – 2015     Managing Editor, French Language for Historical Studies in                                Education / Revue d’histoire de l’éducation

Summer schools and workshops

2012 – 2016     Canadian History of the Environment Summer School (CHESS) organized by NiCHE (Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Banff)

2014                 Society for the Promotion of Urban Discussion III (University of York, UK)

 

Contact me

dgratyork@gmail.com

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