Current Students

MA and Ph.D students currently completing their projects in the Historical GIS lab as well as undergraduate research assistants.

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Rhianne Billard BA

I am currently pursuing an Undergraduate degree in History with a particular interest in post-confederation Canadian history. I plan to pursue a MA in Information Sciences once finished my undergraduate degree.


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Justin Fisher PhD

My project examines the history of fossil fuels in Saskatchewan, focusing on the second half of the twentieth century after the discovery of oil in the province. Looking at the community level, the study charts how fossil fuel extraction and consumption shaped local environments, demographics, health outcomes, and politics, elucidating the influence of fossil fuels on the development of the province and better contextualizing the history of western energy resources in Canada.


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Kristen Forest BA


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Laura Larsen PhD

Laura Larsen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation explores rail rationalization and agricultural policy under the Trudeau government. It focuses on the tensions between government, farmers, grain companies, and railways created by attempts to modernize the grain handling and transportation system as well as the substantial changes to the underlying structure of prairie agriculture caused by these changes. In the HGIS Lab, Laura works on historical map digitizing and other contract mapping projects. She will also be working for the Sustainable Farm Systems project this upcoming year.


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Chris Marsh PhD

Chris completed his M.A. at the University of Calgary in 2012. His thesis examined a decade of intertribal warfare in the borderlands of northern Montana and southern Alberta in the 1880s involving the Kainai (Blood Tribe) of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the A’aninin (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) of Fort Belknap. It explored the influence of environmental alteration in the continuity of equestrian and warrior culture as well as the interaction between the Canadian federal state-in the form of the North West Mounted Police and the local level of the Department of Indian Affairs (DIA)- and First Nations peoples in the early reserve era (1876-1900). His research interests include U.S.-Canadian borderlands history in the Great Plains region, comparative U.S.-Canadian Western history, Native-newcomer relations on the Great Plains, Aboriginal farming and ranching, and the development of law enforcement and the legal system in the Canadian West. He is currently engaged in coursework in preparation for comprehensive exams. He is a member of the Sustainable Farms Systems Great Plains team for 2014-2015.


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Katherine McPhee BA

Katherine McPhee completed her B.A. in History with honours at the University of Saskatchewan alongside working as a research assistant at the HGIS Lab. After completing her degree, she aims to pursue graduate studies in Plastic Surgery and World War I medical history.


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Olha Sotska BA

Olha Sotska is an undergraduate student at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine who is doing an internship in Canada as a part of Mitacs Globalink program. She is working in the HGIS Lab on Justice Across Borders project, being involved in digitizing federal reports, historical correspondence, and diplomatic records created by Britain, Canada and the United States between 1860 and 1920, mapping this information and contributing to the creation of a database based on British and American extradition reports.


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Punya Suri MA

Punya is a Master's student currently enrolled at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her thesis involves the study of neo-colonialism and its impact on policy development & the ban on ivory in India. She is also interested in studying the interactions between people and Visual History and in the development of pedagogical techniques required to make history more accessible and enjoyable to the masses.


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Abby Vadeboncoeur BA

I am currently pursuing an Undergraduate degree in History with a particular interest in post-confederation Canadian history. I plan to pursue a MA in Information Sciences once finished my undergraduate degree.