Keynote Speakers

Below you will find information about the keynote speakers who are presenting at the Maple Leaf and Eagle 2024 Conference "North American Unions and Divisions - (Trans)national Tales".
Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Dalhousie University and a Professor in the Department of English. She is the author of three books—Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions (co-authored with Percy Walton, UTP 2003), In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry (UTP, 2011), and most recently, Canada Through American Eyes: Literature and Canadian Exceptionalism (Palgrave, 2023). She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant (2022-2027) for the How Americans Perceive Canada: Making Exceptions, Taking Refuge project, which includes the creation of a podcast hosted by Professor Andrews that explores perceptions of Canada through American eyes. Her keynote lecture for this conference is titled “Looking North: Transnational Understandings of Canada South of the Border.”

Erika Lee

Erika Lee is an award-winning historian and author. The Bae Family Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University and the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University, she is the author of several prize-winning books including The Making of Asian America and America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, winner of the 2020 American Book Award. Her new book, Made in Asian America: A History for Young People (co-authored with Christina Soontornvat) is forthcoming in 2024. The Past President of the Organization of American Historians, Lee was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and testified before Congress in its historic hearings on anti-Asian discrimination and violence in 2021. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, she was a Regents Professor, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota.

Boyd Cothran

Boyd Cothran is Professor of History in the Department of History at York University. His books include Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which received the 2015 Robert M. Utley Prize for the best book in military history from the Western History Association, Women Warriors and National Heroes: Global Histories (Bloomsbury, 2020), Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Indigenous People and Protect Spaces of Nature (University of Helsinki Press, 2021), and most recently, The Edwin Fox: How an Ordinary Sailing Ship Connected the World in the Age of Globalization, 1850-1914 (University of North Carolina Press, 2023). From 2017 to 2022 he edited the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He has written for the New York Times, Indian Country Today, and elsewhere.