The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Jennifer Hayter (Graduated Fall 2017)

PhD Program


Program and your year in that program: PhD, Year 6

Major and Minor Fields:
Major: Canada, Minors: Subsaharan Africa, Colonialisms

Supervisor: Prof. Heidi Bohaker

Dissertation title:
Racially “Indian”, Legally “White”: the Canadian State’s Struggles to Categorize the Métis, 1850-1939

Previous degrees:
B.A. History, University of Alberta
M.A. (Collaborative) History and International Relations

Description of dissertation and research interests:
Jennifer Hayter is PhD candidate in history at the University of Toronto. She is currently studying Canadian indigenous history with Professor Heidi Bohaker. Research interests include ideologies of race, gender and the family, particularly the cultural and intellectual foundations of identity regimes. Her dissertation examines laws, policies and everyday state activities to reveal how the Canadian state understood and categorized the Métis in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Awards and Scholarships:
Current: OGS
Previous: SSHRC

Academic Service (e.g. member of symposium organizing committee, etc):
Associate Editor Past Tense: Graduate Review of History
Reviewer BC Studies