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Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
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children and youth, education
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About Me

I study the history of children and education in Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In conjunction with gender, race, and class, my work employs size and age as important, but often neglected, categories of historical analysis. I’ve written about the medical treatment of children in Canada between 1900 and 1950, issues regarding gender and sexuality,  and the experiences of children in rural and areas of British Columbia in the interwar period. With my colleague, Penney Clark, I co-edit the journal of the Canadian History of Education Association, Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation. I am past president of the Society for the History of Children and Youth.

Recent Publications


Recent Books

Gleason, M. and Myers, T. (eds). (2017) Bringing Children and Youth into Canadian History: The Difference Kids Make. (Toronto: Oxford University Press). pp. 488.


Recent Journal Articles

Gleason, M. (2017) “Metaphor, materiality, and method: the central role of embodiment in the history of education.” Paedagogica Historica DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2017.1355328


Gleason, M. (2017) “Families Without Schools: Rurality, Correspondence Education, and the Promise of Schooling in Interwar Western Canada.” History of Education Quarterly 57: 3 (August 2017): 305-330.


Gleason, M. (2017) “ ‘Knowing Something I Was Not Meant to Know’: Exploring Vulnerability, Sexuality, and Childhood,” Canadian Historical Review 98, 1 (March 2017): 35-59.


Gleason, M. (2016) “Avoiding the Agency Trap: Caveats for Historians of Children, Youth, and Education,” History of Education 45, 4 (2016): 446-459. (Special Issue on Marginalized Children and    Vulnerable Histories.)


Diaz Diaz, Claudia* and Gleason, M. (2016) “The Land is My School: Children, History, and the Environment in the Canadian Province of British Columbia,” Childhood 23 (2): 272-285.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Sexuality