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Queen's University

Karen Dubinsky


Professor Global Development Studies
PhD History, Queen's University

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 172KB)

phone: 613-533-6000, ext 74374 
fax: 613-533-2986

Global Development Studies
Mac-Corry Hall A401
Office hours: Mondays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Research Interests:

Global childhood issues (including adoption/migration history and the politics of childhood), Cuban musical cultures, Canadian/Third world relations. 

I am trained as a Canadian historian, and teach in both Development Studies and the History Department.  My main research interests are on the topic of global childhood issues, including adoption and migration conflicts and symbolic representations of children globally. Previous research projects included the history of sexual violence and the history of tourism.  I co-teach an undergraduate course on Cuban culture, which takes Queen’s students to Havana for a field school in May.  Through this work I have developed a subfield of research on music as a form of political language in contemporary Cuba. 

Current Projects:

Children, Ideology, Iconography: How Babies Rule the World(book in progress, about the representation of children in the imagery of global political and social movements in the twentieth century) 

Caridad Cumana, Karen Dubinsky and Xenia Reloba (eds.) Habaname: The Musical City of Carlos Varela (forthcoming anthology about the politics of music in contemporary Havana, written in collaboration with musicologists and others from Cuba and the United States)

Karen Dubinsky, Sean Mills, Scott Rutherford (eds.) Canada and The Third World: An Historical Introduction(in progress, introductory textbook about the history of Canada’s economic, political and social ties with countries of the developing world) 

Supervisory Interests:

Most of my graduate supervisions are in the History department but I occasionally supervise graduate students in Global Development Studies and Cultural Studies.  Topics I have recently supervised (completed and in progress) include PhD dissertations on: aboriginal decolonization movements in the 1960s, Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Canadian countercultures in the 1960s, the history of Canadian toy manufacturing, Canadian/Caribbean economic and social relations, a comparative study of children’s rights in Canada and India, the transnational history of gay rights journalism, grassroots responses to ‘civic renewal’ projects in urban centers in the1960s, the history of tourism. 

Other Appointments:

Jointly appointed with Department of History


DEVS 100 : Canada and the Third World

DEVS 305 : Cuban Culture and Society (taught at Queen's University and the University of Havana)

HIST 865 : Empires and Intimacies


Babies Without Borders: Adoption and Migration Across the Americas (University of Toronto Press and New York University Press, 2010) 

Karen Dubinsky, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord, Sean Mills and Scott Rutherford (eds.) New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness  (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2009)

The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls  (Toronto: Between the Lines and New Brunswick New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, May, 1999)

Improper Advances: Rape and Heterosexual Conflict in Ontario, 1880-1929 (University of Chicago Press, 1993) 



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