Angela Zhang (she/her)

Angela Zhang is a doctoral candidate in late medieval early modern Europe at York University. She has held fellowships with the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her Bombardier, OGS and Renaissance Society of America funded dissertation explores the religious and racial aspects of female slaves and their relationships in medieval and early modern Florence. For more information, visit her webpage at

Arshad (Ash) Desai (he/him)

Ash is an MA student in History at York University. He also holds a B.A. in History and the Black Canadian Studies Certificate from York. His research focuses on Black Canada and Southern Africa in the late-twentieth century with emphasis on oral history. His research seeks to uncover the role of Black Canadian activism in Southern African liberation movements from 1970 to 1993. The role of Black Canadian organizations in the transnational struggle against colonialism is important for its influence on Black activism’s eventual pivot towards combating systemic anti-Black racism in Canada.

Esha Bhardwaj (she/her)

Esha Bhardwaj (she/her): Esha Bhardwaj is an M.A student in the History Department at York University. She completed her B.A degree with Honours in History and a Minor in French along with completing her B.Ed degree. Her specialization is in the Gupt and Sassanian Dynasties, respectively of India and Persia. Her multilingual skills (English, French, Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi and Urdu) have assisted her reach heights in both the academic and personal spheres of her life. She was selected as one of the top 23 poster presenters and the first Annual Experiential Education Symposium at York University, a panelist at the second Annual Experiential Education Symposium at York University and has judged many French speech competitions.

Evania Pietrangelo-Porco (she/her)

Evania Pietrangelo-Porco is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at York University. Evania earned her MA in History at York University. During her Masters, she focused on Vancouver, Canada’s on-street sex trade from 1980 to 2000. She is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-Master’s Scholarship (2019-2020), the CSN-RÉC Best Undergraduate Essay Prize (2019), and the Odessa Prize for the Study of Canada (2018-2019)

Kate Bauer (she/her)

Kate Bauer is a PhD candidate in Canadian history at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA and MA in history from McGill University. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation research looks at the social, political, and envirotechnical histories of lighthouses and lighthouse keepers on Canada’s oceanic and lacustrine coastlines in the decades after Confederation. Kate also likes vintage clothing, her cat, and tweeting very (very) occasionally at @katedoeshistory.

Hannah Roth Cooley (she/her)

Hannah Roth Cooley is a PhD Candidate from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, currently studying at the University of Toronto. Her research examines the role of print media produced by Indigenous groups in 1960s and 1970s anti-colonial activism, as well as how these media were part of negotiating imposed colonial borders in the North American prairies.

Heather McIntyre (She/Her)

Heather is a first-year PhD student at the University of Toronto. She holds an M.A. in history from the University of Ottawa, with a SSHRC-funded thesis about the debate about the place of religion in healing between doctors, clergy, and faith healers in in 19th-century North America. Her current research focusses on the history of Indigenous Canadians in the Anglican Church of Canada, through the lens of reading culture and books.

Nico Mara-McKay (they/them)

Nico Mara-McKay (they/them)  is a SSHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Toronto in History and Sexual Diversity Studies. Their research focuses on nonnormative gender expressions in late Medieval Europe, particularly as they relate to humoural theory. You can find them on Twitter @plutopsyche and at

Siddharth Sridhar (he/him)

Siddharth Sridhar is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. His dissertation, “Developing an Empire: Plantation Rubber and Peasant Agriculture in the Bay of Bengal” follows the emergence and decline of British imperial regimes of development in the Bay of Bengal oriented around plantations and peasant agriculture. Siddharth earned his MA in Asian Studies and BA in History at the University of Texas, focusing on the history of caste and capitalism in the South Asia.