Jennifer L. Bonnell

Department of History

Assistant Professor

Office: 2130 Vari Hal
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 30422
Emailbonnellj@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.jenniferbonnell.com

Jennifer Bonnell is a historian of public memory and environmental change in nineteenth and twentieth-century Canada. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and the editor, with Marcel Fortin, of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014).

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Bonnell’s articles and essays have appeared in The Canadian Historical Review, The Journal of Canadian Studies, Museum & Society, and several edited collections. She has contributed to a variety of public history projects, including documentary film and television projects for the Evergreen Brick Works and Metal Dog Films, and research and public engagement work for environment and heritage organizations in the Toronto area. Her current research explores the role of beekeepers in documenting and decrying environmental change in the agricultural regions of Ontario and New York State in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Area of Specialization

History

Degrees

Ph.D. History Education, University of Toronto
M.A. Environmental Studies , University of Victoria
B.A. (Honours), English and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria


Research Interests

History , Environment , Public History and Collective Memory, Animal History, Urban History, Canadian History

Selected Publications

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Clio Prize for Ontario, the Ontario Historical Association's 2015 Fred Langdon Award, and Heritage Toronto's 2015 Award of Excellence

Historical GIS Research in Canada. Editor, with Marcel Fortin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

“A Social History of a Changing Environment: The Don River Valley, 1910-1931.” In Gene Desfor and Jennefer Laidley, eds., Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011): 123-150.

“An Intimate Understanding of Place: Charles Sauriol and Toronto’s Don River Valley, 1927-1989.” Canadian Historical Review 92, no. 4 (December 2011): 607-636.

“Difficult Exhibitions and Intimate Encounters.” With Roger I. Simon. Museum and Society 5, no.2 (July 2007): 65-85. http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/museumsociety.html.

Selected Publications

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Clio Prize for Ontario, the Ontario Historical Association's 2015 Fred Langdon Award, and Heritage Toronto's 2015 Award of Excellence

Historical GIS Research in Canada. Editor, with Marcel Fortin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

“A Social History of a Changing Environment: The Don River Valley, 1910-1931.” In Gene Desfor and Jennefer Laidley, eds., Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011): 123-150.

“An Intimate Understanding of Place: Charles Sauriol and Toronto’s Don River Valley, 1927-1989.” Canadian Historical Review 92, no. 4 (December 2011): 607-636.

“Difficult Exhibitions and Intimate Encounters.” With Roger I. Simon. Museum and Society 5, no.2 (July 2007): 65-85. http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/museumsociety.html.

All Publications

Books

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Clio Prize for Ontario, the Ontario Historical Association's 2015 Fred Langdon Award, and Heritage Toronto's 2015 Award of Excellence

Historical GIS Research in Canada. Editor, with Marcel Fortin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

Book Chapters

“A Social History of a Changing Environment: The Don River Valley, 1910-1931.” In Gene Desfor and Jennefer Laidley, eds., Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011): 123-150.

Journal Articles

“An Intimate Understanding of Place: Charles Sauriol and Toronto’s Don River Valley, 1927-1989.” Canadian Historical Review 92, no. 4 (December 2011): 607-636.

“Difficult Exhibitions and Intimate Encounters.” With Roger I. Simon. Museum and Society 5, no.2 (July 2007): 65-85. http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/museumsociety.html.


Jennifer Bonnell is a historian of public memory and environmental change in nineteenth and twentieth-century Canada. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and the editor, with Marcel Fortin, of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014).


Bonnell’s articles and essays have appeared in The Canadian Historical Review, The Journal of Canadian Studies, Museum & Society, and several edited collections. She has contributed to a variety of public history projects, including documentary film and television projects for the Evergreen Brick Works and Metal Dog Films, and research and public engagement work for environment and heritage organizations in the Toronto area. Her current research explores the role of beekeepers in documenting and decrying environmental change in the agricultural regions of Ontario and New York State in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Area of Specialization

History

Degrees

Ph.D. History Education, University of Toronto
M.A. Environmental Studies , University of Victoria
B.A. (Honours), English and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

Research Interests:

History , Environment , Public History and Collective Memory, Animal History, Urban History, Canadian History

All Publications

Books

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. Winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Clio Prize for Ontario, the Ontario Historical Association's 2015 Fred Langdon Award, and Heritage Toronto's 2015 Award of Excellence

Historical GIS Research in Canada. Editor, with Marcel Fortin. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

Book Chapters

“A Social History of a Changing Environment: The Don River Valley, 1910-1931.” In Gene Desfor and Jennefer Laidley, eds., Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011): 123-150.

Journal Articles

“An Intimate Understanding of Place: Charles Sauriol and Toronto’s Don River Valley, 1927-1989.” Canadian Historical Review 92, no. 4 (December 2011): 607-636.

“Difficult Exhibitions and Intimate Encounters.” With Roger I. Simon. Museum and Society 5, no.2 (July 2007): 65-85. http://www.le.ac.uk/ms/museumsociety.html.