Jane Nicholas

Associate Professor


Jane Nicholas is an associate professor in the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies and the Department of History at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Waterloo and is the author of The Modern Girl: Feminine Modernities, The Body and Commodities in the 1920s (University of Toronto Press, 2015). She is the co-editor of Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History with Patrizia Gentile (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice with Tracy Penny Light and Renee Bondy (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015). Her current research project is a SSHRC funded history of the freak show in Canada from 1900-1970. A book manuscript called "Not A Sideshow: The Freak Show in Canadian History, 1900-1970" is currently under review at a Canadian university press. She has recently begun a new project on the cultural history of grief and the body in Canada. Before joining SJU she was an associate professor of Women's Studies at Lakehead University where she taught for nine years in the departments of Women's Studies and History.

Jane is delighted to be returning to Waterloo and teaching at St. Jerome's University. She teaches courses on the history of sexuality and couples, marriage, and families.


  • BA Lakehead University, 1999
  • MA Queen's University, 2000
  • PhD University of Waterloo, 2007

Research and teaching interests

  • History of the body in Canada
  • Women's and gender history
  • Feminist pedagogy
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