Katelyn Arac

Katelyn is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Office of the Associate Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working on research for the Laurier Legacy project.

For this project, Katelyn is investigating the life and times of Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s 7th Prime Minister. She completed her PhD at Queen’s University in the department of history. Titled ‘War Criminals, Multiculturalism, and Post-war Liberalism in Canada,’ this work focused on the immigration of war criminals into Canada after the Second World War and reactions to their presence. The controversy incited by the entry of war criminals into the country sparked debate between various ethnic communities and challenged notions of Canadian identity by questioning concepts of multiculturalism and justice. When not working on one of her historical projects, she can be found hanging out with her dog, reading a good book, or working on her latest painting.

Interests: Legal history, Immigration History, Human Rights, Indigenous studies and First Nations history


Arac, Katelyn. “The Mohawk Saint: Reclaiming Kateri Tekakwitha.” Historical Studies 86 (2020), 51-70. 

Arac, Katelyn. Paired review of Perogies and Politics: Canada’s Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991, by Rhonda L. Hinther & Mike Starr of Oshawa: A Political Biography, by Myron Momryk. Canadian Historical Review 99, no.4 (Winter 2018), 659-662. 

Arac, Katelyn. Review of Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust, by Michael J. Bazyler and Frank M. Tuerkheimer. Canadian Military History 25, no.2 (Fall, 2016), 284.