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Sara MacDonald

Sara MacDonald

Associate Professor

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 have served as the President of the Canadian History of Education Association (2006-2008).  At Laurentian, I was Chair of the Department of History (2005-2012), and Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Arts (2013-2021).  I am an Associate Professor in the School of Liberal Arts, and am currently serving as Coordinator of Student Affairs for the Faculty of Arts.


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

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts


My area of research is the history of women in higher education in Canada. My current project explores the access of women to higher education in the nineteenth century, and the experience of women in coeducational universities before 1930.  My book, University Women:  A History of Women and Higher Education in Canada, will be 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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