Dr. Kathryn McPherson is an Associate Professor of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University. Dr. McPherson’s scholarship focuses on the history of women, work and health, with particular focus on Canadian nursing.
She is author of Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing 1900-1990 1996 and 2003), co-editor of Gendered Pasts: Historical Essays on Femininity and in Canada, (with Cecilia Morgan and Nancy Forestell; 1999 and 2003) and of Women, Health and Nation: Canada and the United States Since 1945 (with Georgina Feldberg, Alison Li, and Molly Ladd-Taylor; 2003), and co-director of Canada’s esteemed social history journal, Histoire social/Social History.
Her current research project examines Canadian nursing and internationalism since 1945, including the transnational migration of nurses after World War II. McPherson is also a member of the SSHRC funded research project “Re-imagining Long Term Residential Care” led by Dr. Patricia Armstrong. An active member of York’s Graduate Programs in History and in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, McPherson has supervised more than a dozen doctoral dissertations, many of which focus on Canadian health care and its history.
McPherson has served as Chair of York’s School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is currently the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.