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Featured Cross-appointed faculty member

Dr. Shirley Tillotson

BIS (Waterloo), MA, PhD (Queen's)

Department of History
Phone: 902-494-3364

Dr. Shirley Tillotson is engaged in the field of history, though for some time, she’s included a gender or women’s perspective.

“I decided before I went back to grad school I wanted to do history in a socially useful way,” Dr. Tillotson says. She was the 2010 recipient of the Hilda Neatby Prize, for an article that was described by the awards jury as making “a major contribution to our understanding of the welfare state, the family economy, feminist theory, and political history.”

Shirley Tillotson teaches Canadian history in the Dalhousie Department of History and is a member of the joint faculty of King’s and Dalhousie. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Tillotson has also lived and worked throughout Canada. After her undergraduate degree, she worked in the graphics trades, both in a producers’ co-operative and in mainstream small business, before beginning graduate school. She earned her MA and PhD in History at Queen’s University in Kingston and was involved there in the anti-rape movement.

After receiving her PhD in 1992, she took up a post-doctoral research fellowship, and began her full-time appointment at King’s and Dalhousie in 1994. She has served on the Joint Councils of two of the King's Joint Honours Programs and at Dalhousie, she is the current the co-ordinator of Gender and Women's Studies, previous Chair of the Department of History, and the previous Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Teaching and research interests in history

  • The welfare state
  • Tax culture
  • Social politics (a general term encompassing the relations of power among social groups)
  • Language politics in Canada

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