Department of History, University of Toronto
3051 Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3 Canada



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow
Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History in the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Department of History, University of Toronto, 2017–Present.



Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.) History, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2012–2017

Master of Arts
(M.A.) History, Lakehead University, 2010–2011

Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education
(B.A. and B.Ed.) History and English, Lakehead University, 2005–2010



Wiseman, Matthew S. Frontier Science: Environmental Research in the Cold War Canadian North. (Manuscript under contact).

Wiseman, Matthew S. (editor). The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (In press, anticipated Spring 2018).



Wiseman, Matthew S. “Unlocking the ‘Eskimo Secret’: Defence Science in the Cold War Canadian Arctic, 1947–1954,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 26, no. 1 (2015; published July 2016): 191–233.

Wiseman, Matthew S. “The Development of Cold War Soldiery: Acclimatisation Research and Military Indoctrination in the Canadian Arctic, 1947–1953,” Canadian Military History 24, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2015): 127–155.



Wiseman, Matthew S. “The Science of Defence: Security, Research, and the North in Cold War Canada,” (PhD diss., Wilfrid Laurier University, 2017).



Review of David H. Price, Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016). Canadian Journal of History 53, no. 2 (Autumn 2018): forthcoming.

Review of Jason Sean Ridler, Maestro of Science: Omond McKillop Solandt and Government Science in War and Hostile Peace, 1939-1956 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015). Scientia Canadensis: Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 39, no. 1 (2017): 120–121.

Review of Tim Cook, The Necessary War: Canadians Fighting the Second World War, 19391943 (Toronto: Allen Lane, 2014) and Fight to the Finish: Canadians in the Second World War, 19441945 (Toronto: Allen Lane, 2015). Canadian Military History 26, no. 2 (2017): 34–37.

Review of Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670–1870 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014). American Review of Canadian Studies 46, no. 1 (2016): 122–123.

Review of James Daschuk, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2013). British Journal of Canadian Studies 28, no. 2 (2015): 268–269.

Review of Sheldon M. Stern, The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 15, no. 4 (2014): 201–205.

Review of Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas, eds., Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013). Histoire sociale/Social History 47, no. 95 (2014): 810–812.

Review of John L. Riley, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013). The Otter ~ La Loutre Reviews, Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). August, 2014.

Review of Andrew Burtch, Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012). Canadian Military History online reviews, October, 2013.

Review of Duane Bratt, Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival: Advocacy Coalitions in Action (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012). H-Canada, H-Net Reviews. September, 2013.



Excitement, Suspicion, Protest: A Brief History of Military Science in Canada,” for “Technoscience in Canada: An Active History Theme Week,”, November 16, 2015.

“‘The Makings of an Historical Mind’ – Reflections of the 2013 Battlefield Study Tour to Sicily”. The Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS),, August 2013.

In Favour of Membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” in Report of the 2012–2013 Graduate Research Awards Debates on Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (February 2013): 41–46. Published in conjunction by the Simons Foundation and the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).



“Mosquito Warfare: Insect Science and Environmental Degradation in Cold War Canada,” Annual Conference of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), University of California-Riverside and Claremont Colleges, Riverside, CA, March 15, 2018.

“Northern Psychology: Isolation Research on the Mid-Canada Line,” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society (HSS), Sheraton City Centre, Toronto, ON, November 9, 2017.

“Northern Oasis: Satellite Technology and the Failed Attempt to Melt the Canadian Arctic,” 20th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA/AHSTC): “Innovation or Aberration? Science, Technology and Historical Meanings of Failure,” King’s University College, London, ON, November 4, 2017.

“‘Going North’ and Indigenous Knowledge on Film in Postwar Canada,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA/SHC), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, May 29, 2017.

“Fear and Fatigue: Canada’s Cold War Military on Film,” 28th Military History Colloquium, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, May 5, 2017.

“Breaking the Ice: Moira Dunbar and Women Scientists in the Canadian Civil Service, 1947–1975,” 9th Annual Women in International Security Canada Workshop: “Women in Security across Military and Civilian Lines,” Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, June 17, 2016.



Invited guest speaker, “The Biology of Truth and Reconciliation: Inuit Bodies, Arctic Research, and the Cold War Canadian State,” Scugog Shores Heritage Centre, Port Perry, ON, October 16, 2016.

Invited guest speaker, “The Influence of Wartime Memory: Assessing the Historical Legacy of Vimy Ridge,” Kitchener-Conestoga Probus Club, Concordia Club, Kitchener, ON, November 25, 2014.

Invited guest speaker, “Debating Cancellation: The CF-105 Avro Arrow Decision Explained,” for “The Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied,” a travelling exhibit from the West Parry Sound District Museum, Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph, ON, July 19, 2013.




Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University, “HI-299X: Sports History,” Winter 2016.
Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University, “HI-346K: Digital Applications, Winter 2015.



Website Administrator, Canadian International History Committee,, July 2017–Present.
Website Designer,, September 2015–November 2015.
Co-author, Clio’s Current,, September 2014–November 2015.
Book Review Editor, Canadian Military History, September 2014–April 2017.
Lead Organizer, Laurier Military History Speaker Series, LCMSDS, September 2014–April 2017.
Website and Outreach Manager, LCMSDS (, August 2014–April 2017.
Website Administrator, Canadian Landmine Foundation,, May 2014–August 2017.
Co-designer, Laurier Military History Archive,, October 2013–November 2013.
Website Administrator, Tri-University Graduate Program in History,, June 2013–July 2016.
Research Assistant, LCMSDS, September 2012–April 2017.



SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Competition, 2017–2019.
Northern Research Fund, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, 2016.
World History Association (WHA) World Scholar Travel Fund, 2015.
Participants’ Choice Award, Wilfrid Laurier University Third Annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, 2015.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, National Competition, 2014–2017.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined for SSHRC), 2014.
Dean’s Scholarship, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2014.
Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour Bursary, 2013.
Graduate Research Award for Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, awarded by the Simons Foundation in conjunction with the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), 2012–2013.
Wilfrid Laurier University Doctoral Student Scholarship, 2012–2016.
Lakehead University Graduate Student Scholarship, 2010–2011.



Member of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
Member of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA/SHC)
Member of the Canadian International History Committee (CIH/HIC), CHA
Member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA/AHSTC)
Member of the Canadian Studies Network (CSN/REC)
Member of the History of Science Society (HSS)