Katelyn Arac

Katelyn is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University in the department of history.

Katelyn is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University in the department of history.

Her research focuses 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 challenged the notion of Canadian identity and sparked debate between various ethnic communities. Concepts of multiculturalism and national identity were crucial concepts that the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals was forced to address. Her work focuses on a broad analysis of the Commission and specific legal cases to address how Canada has responded to allegations of war criminals within the country. This research has also spurred an interest in the history of human rights broadly. When not working on her dissertation, 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

Publications:

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.