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Professor, History

Nina Reid-Maroney, PhD
My goal is to teach American history in ways that shake up easy expectations about what History means and why it matters. I try to develop students’ critical historical imagination, and to open space for us all to think about History’s contemporary relevance.

Studying History at Huron places students at the heart of world-class research on History and the practice of the historian’s craft. Informed by our vibrant research programs, our classes provide unparalleled opportunities for us to welcome student researchers as participants in our scholarly networks and community-based projects. Through innovative and transformative work such as the transatlantic research exchange, Phantoms of the Past: Slavery and Resistance, History and Memory in the Atlantic World, students in History at Huron see the power of ideas in action, linking academic History to the world beyond the classroom.


  • Ph.D. University of Toronto (History)
  • M.A. University of Sussex (American Studies)
  • B.A. University of Western Ontario (Honours English and History)

Summary of Research:

  • American Enlightenment
  • Feminist histories of American women and religion
  • Intellectual history of antislavery movements in the US and Canada
  • SSHRC Insight Grant 2016-2021 (co-investigator) “The Black Press in 19th-century Canada: Roots and Trajectories of Exceptional Intellectual Activisms”
  • New book: Women of the “Promised Land”: New Essays in African Canadian History. Nina Reid-Maroney, B.Ebanda de B’beri, and Wanda Thomas Bernard, eds. (Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press, 2018) 245p. ISBN 9780089616066. • New journal article: “Possibilities for African Canadian Intellectual History: The Case of 19th century Upper Canada/Canada West ” History Compass 15 (December 2017)

Selected Publications:

The Reverend Jennie Johnson and African Canadian History, 1868-1967. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2013. ISBN 9781580464475

Philadelphia’s Enlightenment, 1740-1800: Kingdom of Christ, Empire of Reason. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2000. ISBN 9780313314728

Books edited:
Women in the “Promised Land”: Essays in African Canadian History (with B.Ebanda de B’beri and Wanda Thomas Bernard, eds.) Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press, 2018. ISBN 978889616066

a) N. Reid-Maroney, “Intellectual History and the Visual Archive: Reading Photographs of the Reverend Jennie Johnson (1868-1967)

Promised Land: History and Historiography of Black Experience in Chatham and Dawn Settlements. B. E. de B’béri, N. Reid-Maroney and H. K. Wright, eds., African and Diasporic Culture Studies Series Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. ISBN 9781442615335

a) N. Reid-Maroney, “History and Historiography in the ‘Promised Land’”

b) N. Reid-Maroney, “‘A Contented Mind is a Continual Feast’: Intellectual Migration in the Promised Land.”

Book Chapters and Journal Articles (selected)
“Possibilities for African Canadian Intellectual History: The Case of 19th-century Upper Canada/Canada West ” History Compass 15 (December 2017) DOI 10.1111/hic3.12432

“Benezet’s Ghost: Revisiting the Antislavery Culture of Benjamin Rush’s Philadelphia” in The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet ed. Marie-Jeanne Rossignol and Bertrand Van Rumbeke. Leiden: Brill, 2016, 199-220. ISBN 9789004315662

(with Zorian Macsymec and Christina Redmond) “Community-based Learning and the Historian’s Craft” Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education 8 (2016): 1-11.

(with Amy Bell and Megan Hertner) “Active History and Community-based Research Learning,” Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal 9 (2016): 46-54.

“Black Pennsylvanians in Nineteenth-Century Canada” in The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience. Edited by Samuel Black. Pittsburgh, PA and Washington DC:. Senator John Heinz History Center and the Smithsonian Institution, 2013. ISBN 9780936340203

“Millennialism and the Church of England’s Mission to Fugitive Slaves in Canada in Apocalypse and the Millennium: Providential Religion in the Era of the Civil War ed. Ben Wright and Zachary Dresser. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780807151921

View Dr. Reid-Maroney’s Research