F.R.S.C., former President of the Canadian Historical Association, founding Director of UBC’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies.

Research Projects

Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Gordon, the Aberdeens.
A Short History of Canadian Women.

Selected Publications


«Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, or Not: Aunts and Caregiving in Canada» Journal of Comparative Family History, forthcoming 2009-10.

And Sally Mennill , «Identifying Victims: Child Abuse and Death in Canadian Families, Bulletin of Medical History/BCHM 25:2 (2008), pp. 11-33/

“Experts on Our Own Lives: Commemorating Canada at the Beginning of the 21st Century, The Public Historian. v. 31, no. 1 (Feb. 2009).

“Judging Men: Assessments of Fathers in Canadian Adoption Circles” in Emily Hipchen, ed. Adoption and Culture, v. 1, no. 1 (2007): 69-100.

“Children of Adversity”: Disabilities and Child Welfare in Canada from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first,” Journal of Family History v. 32, no. 4, (2007) 413-32

‘Today’s Child: Preparing for the ‘Just Society’ One Family at a Time,’ Canadian Historical Review 86, 4 (December 2005): 673-99.


Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, Leslie Paris, and V. Strong-Boag, eds., Lost Children: Disadvantaged Children and Youth in Canada and the U.S Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009

Strong-Boag, V. Finding Families, Finding Ourselves: English Canada Confronts Adoption from the 19th Century to the 1990s (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006).

And Cheryl K. Warsh, eds. Children’s Health: International Historical Perspectives (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006).

and Michelle Lynn Rosa. Nellie L. McClung. Clearning in the West and The Stream Runs Fast, edited, annotated, and introduced (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003).

Strong-Boag, V. and Carole Gerson, Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000), 331 pp.

Strong-Boag, V. ‘Janey Canuck’: Women in Canada Between Two World Wars, 1919-1939 (CHA Historical Booklet, 1994). Also in French.

Margaret Conrad, Alvin Finkel, with Strong-Boag, V., A History of the Canadian Peoples, v.2: 1867 to the Present (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1993). .


And Cheryl Warsh, ‘Introduction’ to Children’s Health Issues in Historical Perspective (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005).

And Carole Gerson, ‘Championing the Native: E. Pauline Johnson Rejects the Squaw’, Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada’s Colonial Past (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005): 47-66.

Strong-Boag, Veronica.  Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage. Waterloo: Wilfrid University UP, 2011


Courses Taught

EDST 314: Social Issues in Education
EDST 426E: History of Childhood and Youth
EDST 502A: Growing Up in History: The Meanings of Childhood
WMST 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WMST 205: Women In Canada Pre-Contact to 1920 WMST 210: Women In Canada 1920 to the Present

Community Work

and Gillian Creese, ‘Still Waiting for Justice–Update 2009: Provincial Politics and Gender Inequality in BC 2001-2008,’ Commissioned Report, BC Federation of Labour, 8 March 2009.