Affiliated Research Fellows

The Centre periodically welcomes researchers spending time at the University of Toronto as Affiliated Research Fellows.  While at the Centre, they work on their own research projects, pursue collaborations with colleagues at the University, and participate in the intellectual life of the Centre.

Alexia Yates (fall 2019)

Alexia Yates is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Manchester. She is a historian of economic life, focusing on urban political economy, business history, and the history of popular finance in modern Europe. Her first book, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital, appeared with Harvard University Press in 2015 and won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize for the best book in non-Canadian history from the Canadian Historical Association in 2016. She is a founding member of the Center for Economic Cultures at the University of Manchester. She is currently researching the culture and politics of mass investment in 19th- and 20th-century France as well as writing a short book on real estate and global urban history. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and previously held postdoctoral fellowships the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge


Catherine E. Clark (2015-16)

Catherine E. Clark is Assistant Professor of French Studies in the Global Studies and Languages Section at MIT. She is a cultural historian who specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France and visual culture.

Her current book project, Paris and the Cliché of History, explores the intersection of the history of Paris and the history of photography. It tells the story of the various uses of photos as documents of the capital’s past from the establishment of Paris’s municipal historical institutions (the Musée Carnavalet and the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris) to the amateur photo contest “C’était Paris en 1970,” which created an archive of 100,000 pictures of the city. The project combines the history of collecting photographs with a consideration of the theoretical assumptions that underpinned their use, alongside prints and paintings, in illustrated books, historical exhibitions, and commemorations. Her article about photographs of the Liberation of Paris is forthcoming in the American Historical Review. Clark is also currently writing about films shot in and around Paris during the 1970s.


Helen Dewar (2014-15)

Sessional Lecturer, Department of History, University of Toronto


Mircea Platon (2012-14)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow


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