Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies ($500)

Barbara Godard Dissertation Prize For the Best Dissertation on a Canadian Topic

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies offers a prize for the best dissertation on a Canadian topic each year. This award is offered in memory of a former colleague who made substantial contributions to the study of Canada. The criteria are as follows:
“This prize is awarded to the doctoral dissertation on a Canadian topic defended at York University in the course of the calendar year that best advances our knowledge of Canada. Special attention will be given to dissertations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and demonstrate innovation in thought and/or methodology.”
The wording of the criteria is not intended to exclude comparative studies.
The award is accompanied by a prize of $500. The winner of the Godard Prize will also be nominated for the dissertation prize of the Canadian Studies Network – Réseau d’études canadiennes.

We welcome one nomination from the graduate program director of each graduate programme at York University.

2016 Calendar Year
At this time of year, we would like to compile the pool of outstanding dissertations defended in the 2016 calendar year.
Graduate programme Directors: Please submit your nominations with an electronic copy of the dissertation and the author's email to by April 17.

We wish to decide on a winner of the prize by end of May of this year.

Nomination deadline: 17 April 2017

For any question please email

Barbara Godard Dissertation Prize Winners

2016: Dr. Brittany Luby (History), "Drowned: Anishinabek Economies and Resistance to Hydroelectric Development in the Winnipeg River Drainage Basin, 1873 - 1975"

2015: Dr. Jane Griffith (Education), "News from School: Language, Time and Place in the Newspapers of 1890s Indian Boarding Schools in Canada"

2014: Dr. Ameil Joseph (School of Social Work), "Authorities on the Subject: Deportation and the confluence of violence within forensic mental health and immigration systems"

2013: Dr. Monique Giroux (Music), "Music, Power and Relations: Fiddling as Meeting Place between Re-settlers and Indigenous Nations in Manitoba"

Honourable Mention: Nelson Ferguson (Social Anthropology), "From Coal Pits to Tar Sands: Examining Labour Migration between the Athabasca Oil Sands and the Atlantic Canada Region"

2012: Dr. Jamie Yard (Social Anthropology), "Working Natures: An Ethnography of Love, Labour and Accumulation on the British Columbia Coast"