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Dr. Linda Mahood
Linda Mahood is Professor of History, University of Guelph and editor of Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, published by Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, The Magdalenes: Prostitution in the Nineteenth Century was published in 1989. In 2013, Routledge named it a Classic in Women's History. Her second book, Policing Gender, Class and Family, 1854-1945 (1996) is an early study of the child-saving and juvenile reformatory movements with a focus on class-based constructions of masculinity and femininity. Her third book is a biography of Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children. Her most recent book is a study of hitchhiking and hosteling in Canada. Linda has published articles in Journal of Social History, Histoire Sociale/Social History, Women's History Review, History of Education Journal, Canadian Journal of History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Canadian Woman Studies, Gender and History and Women's Studies International Forum.

Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald
Stuart Macdonald is Vice-Principal and Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Church and Society at Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He is a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph and the author of The Witches of Fife: witch-hunting in a Scottish Shire, 1560-1710 (2002) and several articles on the Scottish witch-hunt. His research interests and publications are focused on both seventeenth century Scotland and contemporary religion in Canada, in particular religious demography and history related to The Presbyterian Church in Canada. His teaching areas include the global history of Christianity, the reformation era, the history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the various explanations for changes which have occurred related to the place of religion in Western societies. Stuart is a member of the Presbytery of Brampton and serves as Minister-in-Association at Clarkson Road Presbyterian Church, Mississauga.

Chelsea Hartlen
Chelsea Hartlen is a fifth-year PhD candidate originally from Halifax, NS. She received her BA (Hons) in History and her MA in History from Dalhousie University. Her MA thesis examined female felons in High Court of Justiciary records (1524-1542) and the social management of criminal women in sixteenth-century Scotland. Her doctoral research examines homicide, the administration of justice, and masculinity in late medieval Scotland. Chelsea served the Centre for Scottish Studies as an office administrator and assistant editor of the IRSS from 2017-19. She recently published a chapter on arson and gender entitled Catching Fire: Arson, Rough Justice and Gender in Scotland, 1493-1542 in Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Essays in Honour of Cynthia J. Neville, edited by Sara M. Butler and Krista J. Kesserling.

Dr. Katherine Ashley
Katherine Ashley holds a B.A. (Hons) in French and English (Acadia), a MaÎtrise in English (Rouen), an M.Phil in European Literature (Cambridge), and a PhD in French (Edinburgh), and currently teaches French and English at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Her research deals primarily with late-nineteenth-century French literary history and Franco-British, particularly Franco-Scottish, literary relations, although she has also published on contemporary Scottish authors Irvine Welsh and Suhayl Saadi. She is the author of Edmond de Goncourt and the Novel, editor of Prix Goncourt, 1903-2003: essais critiques, and co-editor of Carver Across the Curriculum. She is currently writing a book called The French Stevenson.

Amy Beingessner
Amy Beingessner is a second-year PhD Candidate in History at the University of Guelph. Her current research seeks insights into the role of material culture in narratives of Scandinavian identity in Scotland.

Joon Won Kim
Joon Won Kim is a first-year PhD student in church history at Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. His research interests are focused on sixteenth and the seventeenth century Scotland and its history of church, worship, and society, and his current research concerns the transition of worship from medieval Christianity to Reformed Christianity, especially in Scotland and England. He completed hisThM program at Knox and wrote a thesis about two worship books in Geneva in regard to the relationship between John Calvin and John Knox.

Ciaran Jones
Ciaran Jones is a PhD candidate in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral research, funded by the Jenny Balston Scholarship, explores how the theological ideas of spiritual warfare, conversion, and covenanting, shaped religious identities in earlymodern Scotland, with particular reference to the witch trials. Before coming to Edinburgh, Ciaran completed a BA in History at Oxford Brookes University and completed a MSt (also in History) at the University of Oxford.

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