Query the Past

Welcome to my blog! A few words about me: I earned a doctorate in history at the University of New Hampshire in 2017. My dissertation, “John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith, 1960-1963,” analyzes the realignment of American religious activism that resulted from Kennedy’s time in the White House. I am also a scholar of Franco-American history. My work in this field has appeared in such prominent journals as the Catholic Historical Review, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française.

My years of classroom experience come from having taught at Brock University, the University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Bishop’s University. A native of Quebec, I regularly present at academic conferences and contribute to group blogs on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Aside from peer-reviewed journals, my work has been carried by the History News Network, the Montreal Gazette, Time.com, Le Droit, and the Washington Post. I recently served on the board of directors of the Brome County Historical Society.

I am available for public lectures and media appearances relating to any part of the above.


“Race, Privilege, and the Problem of the Subaltern Franco-American.” When the Payette family moved to northern New York some time around 1850, the mass migration of French Canadians to the United States was in its infancy. This movement of people from the St. Lawrence River valley would continue for the better part of a century, with brief interruptions in the 1870s and in the early part of the twentieth century. Whereas a high proportion of early migrants settled in the Midwest, the U.S. Northeast became the primary destination for those seeking to steady themselves financially. Read more on the SHGAPE Blog.

“What Teaching the Classics Taught Me.” The present is deafening. Our inescapable hand-held technology, social media, and twenty-four-hour news easily overwhelms even the most conscientious citizen. It is as difficult to make out what really matters as it is to escape a form of communication calculated to spark outrage. When we distract ourselves from the roar of pressing issues, we “amuse ourselves to death,” as epistemologist Neil Postman put it. Read more on the History News Network.

Crown Point New York Vermont Champlain Monument


John F. Kennedy   An overview of my work on the thirty-fifth president and the transformation of religious activism in the 1960s. A book is in the works – stay tuned for updates!

Franco-Americans   A blog on the French-Canadian diaspora in the U.S. Northeast and beyond. Weekly posts.

Other Writing   Abstracts of, and links to, my work on Henry David Thoreau’s trek to Quebec City, the Canada-U.S. borderlands, and twentieth-century immigration to Canada.

Publications   Check here for a bibliography of my work with a link to my Academia.edu page.

Français   Vous trouverez ici une biographie ainsi qu’un résumé de mes intérêts professionels. Vous pouvez me rejoindre en cliquant sur le lien ci-bas.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with questions or comments. I will be pleased to hear from you.