The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Kimberly Main

Phd Program

Fields of Study Geographical Fields:

Canada; Europe

Fields of Study Thematic Fields:

Migration/Diaspora; Religion and Society

Areas of Interest:

New France; Ursuline Nuns; female spirituality; relationship between lived religion and society, politics, and economic concerns,


Kimberly Main is a PhD candidate in the History department. Her research focuses on the Ursuline nuns of Quebec City, 1639-1780. Examining the nuns' devotional life (daily prayers, content of retreats and sermons, spiritual readings), their teaching and missionary endeavours, and their relations with colonial denizens, her dissertation seeks to establish how the nuns lived and wrote about the ideals of convent life in comparison with the realities of various competing colonial and ecclesiastical relationships.


  • MA (Calgary)
  • BA (Thompson Rivers University)


  • 2014-2015