Charlotte Neff

Charlotte Neff

Full Professor

Department of Law and Justice
A-309, Arts Building Sudbury Campus



  • B.A., History (Waterloo Lutheran University), 1969.
  • J.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), 1972.
  • M.A., Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies (Cambridge University, England), 1976. Dissertation: Scandinavian Elements in the Wantage Code of Æthelred II. The Journal of Legal History, Vol. 10, No. 3, December 1989: 285 to 313.
  • Ph.D., History, (University of Kent, England) 1982. Thesis: Parties to Court Actions in Saga Age Iceland (930-1030AD)
  • Member of the Ontario Bar (retired). Called 1974.


My research focuses on child protection in 19th Century Ontario, including the extent of government involvement prior to 1893,  the role of children’s homes (orphanages), primarily Protestant Homes, and the use of private home placements. I am currently researching the placement practices of the Kingston Orphans' Home from 1857 to 1893. My research on Protestant children’s homes involves collecting all available information about each child admitted, particularly those placed out in private homes on discharge, including information in the Homes’ Registers and Minutes, and census, birth, marriage and death information available on the internet.


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