about me

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.

I have worked as an historical researcher and analyst, college and university professor, historical consultant, museum consultant, writer, author, editor, and education & curriculum consultant.

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.

e: johnmatthewbarlow@gmail.com


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