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, and it won the Canadian Historical Association’s CLIO Award for Best Book in Québec History in 2018. I also am a Contributing Editor and the Music 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 Western Massachusetts.