Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Vice-Dean | Associate Professor

Faculty of 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 have served as the President of the Canadian History of Education Association (2006-2008), and as Chair of the Department of History at Laurentian (2005-2012).  I am currently Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Arts.


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

Academic Appointments

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts

Associate Professor, Department of History


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.


  • 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 2018:  HIST 2026 - Historical Methods

Winter 2019:  HIST 4166 - Canada in the Nineteenth Century



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