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Mark McGowan


Office Location:  Carr Hall, room 319, St. Mike's College


Toronto School of Theology, OISE, University of St. Michael's College, Adjunct Professor, St. Mary's University, Halifax


Dr. Mark McGowan is a specialist in the religious, social, and education history of Canada and Ireland.  He is the author of the award-winning books Catholics at the Gathering Place: Historical Essays on the Archdiocese of Toronto (1992) and The Waning of the Green: Catholics, the Irish and Identity in Toronto, 1887-1922 (McGill-Queen’s 1999); Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier (McGill-Queen’s, 2005).  He has recently completed a revisionist work on the Irish Famine migration to Canada (for the CHA Canadian Ethnic Groups Series) and a short award-winning book for the Ireland Park Foundation: Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847 and Toronto. He also recently published The Imperial Irish: Canada’s Irish Catholics Fight the Great War 1914 -1918 (McGill-Queen’s, 2017) and It’s Our Turn: Following in the Footsteps of the Pioneers of Catholic Education (Novalis, 2019).  A recipient of four University Teaching Awards, he served as Principal of St. Michael’s College from 2002 to 2011, as Acting Vice-Provost, Students, for the University of Toronto for part of 2013, Senior Advisor, International, to the Dean of Arts & Science, 2014-2017, and as Deputy-Chair of History, 2017-2019. He is currently Senior Advisor to the President of the University of St. Michael’s College on matters relating to Catholic Education.

Other Publications:

  • The Great War As I Saw It by Canon Frederick R. Scott. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Carleton Library Series, 2014), Introduction of 32,000 words, plus glossary;
  • Creating Canadian Historical Memory: The Case of the Irish Famine Migration Ottawa: Canadian Historical Association, Canada’s Ethnic Groups Series, Booklet No. 30, 2006;
  • Planted by Flowing Water: The Diocese of Ottawa, 1847-1997. (Co-edited with Pierre Hurtubise and Pierre Savard). Ottawa: Novalis, 1998;
  • Catholics at the "Gathering Place": Historical Essays on the Archdiocese of Toronto, 1841-1991 (Co-edited with Brian P. Clarke) Toronto: Canadian Catholic Historical Association, 1993;
  • Prophets, Priests and Prodigals: Readings in Canadian Religious History, (Co-edited with David Marshall) Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992.

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  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, Universite d'Ottawa
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