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Rebecca MacAlpine

Sessional Instructor

Rebecca MacAlpine is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Waterloo. She received her Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her current research explores the relationship between illegitimacy and gender-based violence in seventeenth century Somerset, England. These connections help to illuminate how institutional structures perpetuated and created systems of gender-based violence, which marginalized unwed mothers in early modern Somerset.

In addition to her research interests, Rebecca is also a graduate educational developer with the Center for Teaching Excellence. In this role she works with graduate educators across the six faculties at the University of Waterloo to mentor and develop their teaching practices. While engaged in educational development, Rebecca has become interested in incorporating a variety of innovative pedagogies into the classroom to develop democratic spaces to talk about hard subjects.


  • M.T. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
  • M.A. University of Waterloo
  • B.A. University of Waterlo0

Joanna Pearce

Sessional Instructor
Courses taught
  • HIST 203 Methods of Applied History

  • HIST 302 Applied History Project

Recent publications

  • “The Tactile Babble Under Which the Blind Have Hitherto Groaned: Dots, Lines, and Literacy for the Blind in Nineteenth-Century North America”, The Edinburgh History of Reading, Volume 2

Preston Arens

Sessional Instructor


Preston Arens completed his PhD in History at the University of Waterloo. Preston has broad research interests that focus on forging connections between local and global histories. His most recent work on the history of the Commonwealth demonstrated how the management of meetings and other secretarial services affected the long-term evolution of the organisation.

Alan Maricic

Sessional Instructor


Dr. Maricic is a historian interested in German and Yugoslav Cold War history. His current research project focuses on the cultural relations between East Germany and the Global South.

Joseph Buscemi

Sessional Instructor

I completed my History doctorate at UW in 2020 and have been teaching for the History and Arts First departments ever since. My dissertation examined the classified British nuclear civil defence programme Protect and Survive.