Jonathan Chan

PhD candidate

Home University: University of Waterloo


Education: BA (Hons) Economics, Waterloo; BASc, Mechanical Engineering, Waterloo; MA History, Waterloo;

Research Fields: Canadian, Indigenous, Modern European, Asian Migration

Supervisor: Susan Roy

Jonathan writes, "When I meet new people in the profession, I am often asked why I left engineering. Even at graduation, I wondered if engineering would offer me a path to make a difference in society. And after a few years of soul searching, I realized that I am better suited for a career in education than one in the industry. I chose history because an understanding of the past provides a unique perspective on present-day issues. My research interests are in relationships between minority groups, with focus on the Chinese and Indigenous peoples in British Columbia before World War II."