Teaching and Supervision
Instructor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
- History 415, History of Vancouver (Winter, Term 2, 2020)
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of British Columbia
- History 106, Global Environmental History (Winter, Term 1, 2016)
- History 235, History of Canada: Moments that Matter (Winter, Term 1, 2015)
A settler who lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories, I am an historian of gender, poverty, activism, and colonialism in late-twentieth-century urban Canada.
In my dissertation, “Gendered Precarity and the Politics of Care: Home and Homelessness in Downtown Eastside Vancouver, 1960s-1980s,” I use diverse documentary and oral history sources to examine how women understood and responded to poverty in a low-income Vancouver neighbourhood in the late twentieth century. In this work, I analyze of the causes and configurations of women’s poverty alongside women’s creative resilience and resistance in the face of it. Through this research, I seek to uncover the historical roots of contemporary crises — from homelessness to gendered and racialized violence — that shape our present, and to extend and deepen knowledge of the pivotal role of women in building community, making the city, and creating social change.
- women and gender
- settler colonialism
- housing and homelessness
- social determinants of health
- social movements
- oral history
Meghan Longstaffe, “Indigenous Women as Newspaper Representations: Violence and Action in 1960s Vancouver,” Canadian Historical Review 98, 2 (June 2017): 230-260.