Jill Campbell-Miller graduated with a PhD in history at the University of Waterloo in 2014. Her dissertation, which was subsequently a top-six finalist for the CGS-Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2015, examined the history of Canadian foreign aid to India during the 1950s. It was the first sustained body of work to explore the early history of the Canadian aid program. Following graduation, Dr. Campbell-Miller worked as a researcher on the ongoing Canadian Immunization Research Network project, Mapping Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada, a project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, examining the history of vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, and immunization policy in Nova Scotia from the mid-twentieth century to the present. She also taught history at Saint Mary’s University, and has been highly involved in the creation of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, which aims to bring together historians, researchers and professionals interested in the history of humanitarianism in Canada. Dr. Campbell-Miller is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research.
During her fellowship, which will be held at the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary’s University, Dr. Campbell-Miller aims to expand research on Canada’s early aid program by examining the history of Canadian participation in health-related humanitarian and development work in South and Southeast Asia between 1950 and 1968.