Staff and Students

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Kevin Spooner

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Kevin Spooner received his MA and PhD in Canadian History from Carleton University, after studying at Trent University (BA) and Queen’s University (BEd). He taught at Trent University in Canadian Studies and History before coming to Laurier in 2005. Contributing to the development of North American Studies here at Laurier, Kevin served as program coordinator from 2009 to 2014 and currently teaches core courses for North American Studies and upper-year courses in aspects of the history of Canadian foreign policy for the History department. His research expertise is in the history of Canadian foreign policy, particularly Canada’s contribution to international peacekeeping and Canadian relations with Africa. Canada’s place in the world, from the 1940s to the 1960s, remains an important focus of his writing; his current manuscript project explores the impact of decolonization on Canadian relations with Africa, during the governments of John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson.

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Terry Copp

Director Emeritus

Terry Copp is the leading scholar of Canada’s military role in the Second World War and an influential advocate for military history in both military and civilian post-secondary education. His books on battle exhaustion, on 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade, and his two volumes on the Canadians in Normandy and Northwest Europe, Fields of Fire (2003) and Cinderella Army(2006) have led to a reinterpretation of Canadian soldiers’ effectiveness in 1944 and 1945. He was also the onscreen historian for the television series No Price Too High and a regular contributor to Legion Magazine.

Terry has explored Canada’s European battlefields for more than thirty years with hundreds of students and members of the public. This interest in the battlefields of northwest Europe has led to the creation of battlefield memorials and the publication of a series of battlefield guidebooks.

Terry’s most recent project is Montreal at War 1914-18, coming soon from the University of Toronto Press.

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Matt Baker

Senior Research Associate & Projects Manager
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Matt Baker received his MA in History in 2011 from Laurier after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2009. Matt was introduced to then-LCMSDS during graduate school, where he focused on recruiting in Ontario during the First World War.

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Brittany Dunn

Publications Manager

Managing Editor of Canadian Military History

Brittany Dunn graduated with a BA(H) from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and a MA from Laurier in 2016. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Laurier under the supervision of Mark Humphries. Brittany’s research examines death, grief and mourning in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

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Paul Esau

PhD Candidate

Paul Esau began his doctoral studies at Laurier in 2017 under the supervision of Kevin Spooner. His research focuses on the formulation, evolution, and implementation of Canadian military export policy since the Second World War.

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Kyle Falcon

Book Review Editor, Canadian Military History

Host and Producer, On War & Society podcast

Kyle Falcon graduated with his PhD in History at Laurier in 2019. His doctoral research focused on British spiritualism and psychical research in the aftermath of the Great War, examining the ways in which a section of British society attempted to unite science and religion, end human conflict, and redeem the war’s bloodshed by conversing with the spirits of fallen soldiers. Broadly, he is interested in modern European history, the British Empire, war and society, the history of science, and the history of religion.

Kyle is the Book Review Editor of Canadian Military History and the host of On War & Society, a monthly podcast about the latest scholarship in the field of war and society studies. He also manages the Centre’s social media accounts.

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Kyle Pritchard

Website Manager

Awards Liaison

Kyle Pritchard is a doctoral candidate in History at Laurier and researcher focusing on Canadian industry during the First World War. He received his MA in History from the University of Guelph in 2017 and his BA(H) from Brock University in 2015. Kyle is the LCSC’s Website Manager and C.P. Stacey Award Liaison. His dissertation topic examines the munitions industry in the First World War, but he also has a wide interest in the development of the Canadian war economy towards industrial mobilization and its broader industrial and political impact.

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Eric Story

Outreach Manager

Copp Scholars Program Coordinator
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Eric Story received his BA (2015) from the University of Saskatchewan and his MA (2016) from Laurier. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Laurier studying the history of tuberculosis in the era of the First World War in Canada. He has published three articles on the First World War and its aftermath.