Individual Research Interests
I am a professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), specializing in the history of children and youth and the history of education. I teach and conduct research in various areas, including age and size as categories of historical analysis, gender and sexuality, health and the body, race and nation, research methods in education, and schooling and the family.
Along with Penney Clark, I am co-editor of Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation.
I’ve supervised and co-supervised graduate students in a wide-range of topics: decolonizing education, the privatization and marginalization of Muslim women’s bodies post 911, autobiographical approaches to the history of family, and schooling, mothering and language learning, Indigenous priorities in schooling, gender culture in kindergarten, sexuality and HIV prevention education in the context of South Africa, and educational leadership as a key concept in Early Childhood Education.
My contributions to the Department of Educational Studies have included both major service and administrative roles. I’ve acted as Deputy Head, co-ordinator of the Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE) concentration, served as departmental Graduate Advisor (2013-2014), and as Chair of the Master of Arts Committee. I am also engaged in major service roles for the Faculty (Faculty Personnel Committee) and the University (UBC Press Publications Board).
Contributions to the History of Children and Youth/History of Education
My research has focused on children’s varied experiences with social inequality, shaped by race, class, gender, size, and age, and the role that educational and medical professionals have played both in deepening and mitigating inequality. The responses of young people and their families to these interventions are centrally important in my work. I am the author of two books, co-editor of five books, and author of numerous book chapters on topics foregrounding the history of children and education in multiple contexts. My publications appear in the History of Education Quarterly, the Canadian Historical Review, the Journal of Family History, the Journal of Canadian Studies, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. With Veronica Strong-Boag, I’ve contributed to the multi-volume Cultural History of Childhood and the Family. Along with co-author Tamara Myers, I’ve contributed a 30-page entry on the “History of Childhood in Canada” to the Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies.
In April of 2015, I was very pleased to be a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Thematic Studies (TEMA) – Child Studies at the University of Linköping, in Linköping, Sweden.
I’ve received a number of awards for my scholarship and, along with Tamara Myers, co-founded the History of Children and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association. I am past Vice President of the Canadian History of Education Association and currently President of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (http://shcyhome.org/), the major professional association for scholars in the field.
My keynote addresses include: Canadian History of Education Association (“Beyond Disciplined Thinking: Interdisciplinarity and the Promise of History of Education,” University of Calgary, October 21, 2004) and the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge (“Mapping the Landscape of Childhood,” University of Lethbridge, May 5, 2011). In August of 2016, I’ll address the International Standing Committee on the History of Education (ISCHE) in Chicago with a keynote talk entitled, “Materiality, Metaphor, and Method: The Central Role of Embodiment in the History of Education.”
Current Research and Writing
My current research project, funded by a Spencer Foundation Grant, focuses on the schooling experiences of children in rural British Columbia in the early decades of the twentieth century. The research explores a valuable collection of letters written by parents and children to the Elementary Correspondence School (ECS) over these decades. I’ve worked with EDST PhD student, Claudia Diaz, on a related project that examined how children related to the natural environment in BC in the past. Along with Tamara Myers, I’ve most recently co-edited a collection of essays highlighting cutting edge research in the history of children and youth in Canada that we hope will be a valuable research and teaching resource. That collection, entitled Bringing Children and Youth into Canadian History: The Difference Kids Make, will appear in 2016 from Oxford University Press.
Research and Scholarly Awards
- Outstanding Article Award, Society for the History of Children and Youth, 2001-2002
- Early Career Scholar Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study, 2005 -2006 (UBC)
- Hampton Research Grant, Large Grant, 2005; Small Grant, 2001 (UBC)
- Spencer Foundation Grant, 2006-2009 (USA)
- Arts Alumni Research Award, University of Waterloo, 2007 (Canada)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant, 2001-2004; 2007-2010
- Best Article, English Language, Canadian History of Education Association, 2010-2011 (*co-authored with Drs. Clark and Petrina)
- Hampton Research Grant, Large Grant, 2013
- Spencer Foundation Grant, 2015-2016 (USA)
Role: Principal Investigator. Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator. Granting Agency: Hampton Research Funds – Large Grant
Role: Principal Investigator. Granting Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: Principal Investigator. Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator. Granting Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Mona Gleason, Small Matters: Canadian Children in Sickness and Health, 1900 to 1940 (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013)
Mona Gleason, Normalizing the Ideal: Psychology, Schooling, and the Family in Postwar Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999)
Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers, eds., Bringing Children and Childhood into Canadian History: The Difference Kids Make ( forthcoming, 2016).
Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, and Adele Perry, eds., Rethinking Canada – The Promise of Women’s History, 6th Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011)
Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, Leslie Paris, and Veronica Strong-Boag, eds., Lost Kids: Vulnerable Children and Youth in Twentieth-Century Canada and the United States (Vancouver: University of Vancouver Press, 2009).
Mona Gleason and Adele Perry, eds., Rethinking Canada – The Promise of Women’s History, 5th Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Jean Barman and Mona Gleason, eds., Children, Teachers, and Schools in the History of British Columbia, 2nd Edition (Calgary: Detselig Press, 2003)
Selected Refereed Journal Articles
Gleason, M. “Avoiding the Agency Trap: Caveats for Historians of Children, Youth, and Education,” History of Education (2016).
Diaz Diaz, C. and M. Gleason, “The Land is My School: Children, History, and the Environment in the Canadian Province of British Columbia,” Childhood 23, 2 (2016): 272-285.
Clark, Penney, Mona Gleason and Stephen Petrina, “Preschools for Science? The Child Study Centre at the University of British Columbia, 1960-1997” History of Education Quarterly 52:1 (February 2012).
Gleason, M. “In Search of History’s Child,” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 1, 2 (2009): 125-135.
Gleason, M. “Between Education and Memory: Health and Childhood in English Canada, 1900-1950,” Scientia Canadensis 29, 1 (2006): 49-72.
Gleason, M. “From ‘Disgraceful Carelessness’ to ‘Intelligent Precaution’: Accidents and the Public Child in English-Canada, 1900 to 1950” Journal of Family History 30, 2 (April, 2005): 230-241.
Gleason, M. “Race, Class, and Health: School Medical Inspection and “Healthy” Children in British Columbia, 1890 to 1930,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 19 (2002): 95-112.
Gleason, M. “Disciplining the Student Body: Schooling and the Construction of Canadian Children’s Bodies, 1930 to 1960,” History of Education Quarterly 41, 2 (Summer 2001): 189-215.
Gleason, M. “Embodied Negotiations: Children’s Bodies and Historical Change in Canada, 1930-1960,” Journal of Canadian Studies 34, 1 (Spring 1999): 113-137.
Gleason, M. “The History of Psychology and the History of Education: What Can Interdisciplinary Research Offer?” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation 9, 1 (Spring 1997): 98-106.
Gleason, M. “Psychology and the Construction of the ‘Normal’ Family in Postwar Canada, 1945-1960,” Canadian Historical Review 78, 3 (September, 1997): 442-477.
Gleason, M. “Disciplining Children, Disciplining Parents: The Nature and Meaning of Advice to Parents in Postwar Canada, 1945-1955,” Histoire sociale/Social History 29, 57 (May 1996): 187-210.
Gleason, M. “‘A Separate and Different’ Education: Women and Co-education at the University of Windsor’s Assumption College, 1950-1957,” Ontario History LXXXIV, 2 (June 1992): 119-131.
Anika Stafford and Mona Gleason, “Referred for Special Service: Children, Youth, and the Production of Heteronormativity at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in Postwar Vancouver,” in Tracy Penny Light, Wendy Mitchinson and Barbara Brookes, eds., Bodily Subjects: Essays on Gender and Health, 1800-2000 (Kingston-Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014): 227-244.
Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers, “History of Childhood in Canada,” in Heather Montgomery, Ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). Oxford Bibliographies URL: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/ (Entry URL: http://bit.ly./1keaowa)
Mona Gleason, “Navigating the Pedagogy of Failure: Medicine, Education and the Disabled Child in English Canada, 1900 to 1945,” in Graham Allan and Nathanel Lauster, eds., The End of Children? Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012), pp. 140-160
Mona Gleason and Veronica Strong-Boag, “Community,” in Joseph M. Hawes and N. Ray Hiner, A Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Volume 6, In the Modern Age (Oxford: Berg Publishing, 2010): 39-57.
Mona Gleason, “Lost Voices, Lost Bodies?: Doctors and the Embodiment of Children and Youth in English Canada from 1900 to 1940” in Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, Leslie Paris, and Veronica Strong-Boag, eds., Lost Kids: Vulnerable Children and Youth in Twentieth-Century Canada and the United States (Vancouver: University of Vancouver Press, 2009).
Mona Gleason, “Size Matters: Medical Experts, Educators, and the Provision of Health Services to Children in Early to Mid-Twentieth Century English Canada” in Cynthia Comacchio, Janet Golden, and George Weisz, eds., Healing the World’s Children: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Health in the Twentieth Century, (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).
Mona Gleason, “Constructing ‘Normal’ : Psychology and the Canadian Family, 1945-1960,” in Deborah Brock, ed., Making Normal – Social Regulation in Canada (Toronto: Thomson Nelson Publishing, 2003): 104–20.
Mona Gleason, “ ‘They Have a Bad Effect’: Crime Comics, Parliament, and the Hegemony of the Middle-Class in Postwar Canada, 1948-1960,” in John Lent, ed., Pulp Demons: International Dimensions of the Postwar Anti-Comics Campaign (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999): 129-154.
Joyce Schneider, Indigenist Knowledge Seeking, Making and Activating: Building Community and Academy (co-supervision with J. Hare)
Anika Stafford, Exploring Everyday Gender Culture in a Vancouver Elementary Classroom.
Andreé Gacoin, Teaching empowerment?: Exploring the social relationships of teaching and learning about gender in the context of sexuality education for HIV prevention in South Africa. (Co-supervision with L. Loutzenheiser)
Iris Berger, Narration as Action: The Potential of Pedagogical Narration for Leadership Enactment in Early Childhood Education Contexts (2013)
Anthony Meza-Wilson, Educational Projects for Decolonization: Anti-authoritarian Allyship and Resistance Education in the Americas (2012)
Zahra Rasul, Official Spaces: An examination of the privatization and marginalization of Muslim women’s bodies in Canada post 9/11 (2006)
Jeannie Stubbs, Undressing the Body: A Narrative Inquiry Into Childhood (2006)
Isabeau Iqbal, Mothers’ Experiences of French Mothertongue Maintenance: Towards a Critical Literacy Approach (2003)
EDST 314 Social Issues in Education
EDST 401 Education, School and Social Instititutions
EDST 426 History of Education
EDST 455 History of Childhood and Youth
EDST 502A Growing Up in History: The Meanings of Childhood
EDST 506 Educating the Body: Physicality and Identity in Historical Perspective
EDST 509 Constructing “Citizens:” Canada and the Educational Past
EDST 571 Introduction to Educational Research: Relating Questions, Theories, and Methods (co-taught with Dr. Lesley Andres)
EDST 601 Doctoral Seminar