This is the home page of Matthew Barlow, PhD. Here I ponder questions of public history, identity, memory, space, post-coloniality, diaspora, transnationality, human rights, punk rock, hip hop, and pretty much anything else I fancy. I have made numerous appearances in the media from Montreal to Alabama to the United Kingdom and Ireland. I have discussed a wide range of issues, from the history of Victorian railways, to St. Patrick’s Day, to the importance of self-curated narratives, to the history of punk rock, and the 100th anniversary of the Club de hockey Canadien (aka: the Montreal Canadiens). My first book, Griffintown: Identity & Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood, was published in June 2017 by UBC Press. I also am a Contributing Editor at Politics/LettersLive.
A Montrealer by birth, I have also lived in Toronto, Hamilton, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Ottawa, Boston, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. I currently live in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.