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

Matthew S. Wiseman

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Office Location:  SS 3051


Matthew Wiseman is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History in the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He completed his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Tri-University Graduate Program in History, where his dissertation examined the human and environmental impact of military science in the Canadian North during the early Cold War.

His postdoctoral research project explores the linkages between state, industrial and university institutions known as the ‘military-industrial-academic complex’ or the ‘politics-patronage-science nexus’. While this theme is deeply engrained in American and British scholarship on the Cold War, historians of Canada have yet to ask similar questions of the postwar Canadian defence establishment.

Matthew’s research concentrates on the military patronage of science meant to support defence research in the Eastern Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic area around Hudson Bay. Between 1947 and 1984, scientists from university and industrial institutions utilized government funding to gain access to remote locations and communities in the North and to establish new research laboratories across southern Canada. Matthew’s postdoctoral project examines this history to determine the consequences of Canadian science policy in the postwar period while raising new and important questions about the impact of the Cold War in Canada.

Selected Publications:

“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.

“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.


  • PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Spring 2017
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