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Sara. Z. MacDonald

Sara. Z. MacDonald

Associate Professor

School of Liberal Arts
A-254, Arts Building Sudbury Campus


My research is focused on the history of education, particularly the history of women in higher education and the early years of coeducation in Canadian universities.  My teaching interests include historical methods, history of education, and Canadian intellectual history.  I served as President of the Canadian History of Education Association from 2006-2008, and am currently Treasurer of the Ontario Women's History Network.  I served as Chair of the Department of History at Laurentian University from 2005-2012.  I am an Associate Professor in the School of Liberal Arts, and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts.


  • Carleton University (PhD)
  • McMaster University (MA)
  • University of Toronto (BA Hons)

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts


My research explores gender in the history of higher education in Canada. My book, University Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in Canada, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2021.


  • 2019, OUSA Award for Teaching Excellence, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
  • 2009, Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women's History, National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women's History
  • 2000, Founders' Prize, Canadian History of Education Association, Best English Language Article on the History of Education in Canada
  • 1995, John Bullen Prize, Canadian Historical Association, Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis on a Historical Topic Submitted in a Canadian University


Fall 2021:  HIST-3156EL, History of Education in Canada

Winter 2022:  HIST-2026EL, Historical Methods; HIST-2656EL, History of Ontario



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