Curriculum Vitae
Matthew Barlow, PhD

Professional/Academic Experience:

  • University of Massachusetts — Amherst
    Instructor, Department of History
    2014-15; 2016-present
  • University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Salem State University, Salem, MA
    Visiting Lecturer
  • John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (QC)
    Associate Professor, Department of History, Economics, & Political Science
  • Concordia University, Montreal (QC)
    Sessional Instructor
  • Public History Inc., Ottawa, ON
    Senior Research Analyst, 1998-2006


  • PhD: History & Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal (QC), 2009
  • MA: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, 1998
  • BA: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 1995 


  • Griffintown: Identity & Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017).
  • With Margo Shea, “Honest Talk About Failure.” The American Historian. May 2015.
  • “Scientific Aggression’: Class, Irishness, and Manliness in the Shamrock Hockey Club of Montreal, 1895-1901,” Coast to Coast: Hockey in Canada Before the Second World War, John Chi-Kit Wong, ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009): 35-85.
  • Review of Pirkki Markula, ed. Feminist Sport Studies: Sharing Experiences of Joy and Pain, in, Sport History Review, 38/2 (November 2007): 164-5.
  • Review of John Hughson, et al., The Uses of Sport: A Critical Study, in Sport History Review, 38/1 (May 2007): 73-4.
  • Editor, Proceedings of the Ninth History in the Making Conference (Montreal: Concordia University, 2006).
  • Review of Alan Hustak, The Ghost of Griffintown: The True Story of the Murder of Mary Gallagher, in, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Journal canadienne des études irlandais, 31/1 (Spring 2005): 30-1.
  • Review of Don Morrow and Kevin B. Wamsley, Sport in Canada, H-Canada (H-Net listserv), April 2006.
  • Review of Elaine Sisson, Pearse’s Patriots: St. Enda’s and the Cult of Boyhood, in, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Revue canadienne des études irlandais, 31/2 (Fall 2005): 40.
  • Review of Barbara J. Messamore, ed., Canadian Migration Patterns: From Britain and North America, H-Canada (H-Net listserv), March 2005.
  • “America’s Impatient Imperialism: Michael Ignatieff’s Empire Lite: Nation-Building in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan,” INROADS: The Canadian Journal of Opinion 16 (Winter/Spring 2005): 137-40.
  • “Hero, eyewitness, and accountant of slaughter: Roméo Dallaire’s Shake Hands with the Devil,” INROADS: The Canadian Journal of Opinion, 15 (Summer/Fall 2004): 234-5.
  • Review of Donald McKay, Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada and Jim Rees, Surplus People: The Fitzwilliam Clearances, in, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies/Revue canadienne des études irlandais, 28-29/2-1 (2002): 234-5.
  • “Aboriginal Choice and Education,” Aboriginal Times, 5/10 (Aug-Sept. 2001): 40-1.


  • 21 Short Films About Griffintown. Montreal: MacLeod9 Productions, 2017.
    • Researcher, narrator, co-producer of 21 short films on Griffintown created to coincide with a self-guided tour project completed by Montreal film-maker G. Scott MacLeod.
  • Puc na nGael/The Puck of the Irish. Cork, IE: Focás Films, 2017.
    • Researcher, on-screen expert concerning the Montreal Shamrocks Hockey Club.
  • Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways. London: BBC2, 2013.
    • Interviewed for segment on the development of railways in and around Montreal.

Museum Exhibits:

  • 30 Years On: The Cumberland Center for Justice & Peace. University Archives & Special Collections, Sewanee: University of the South, May 2017.
  • Six Word Memoirs: UNA, Multi-Site Installation, University of North Alabama campus, November-December 2015.
  • UNA @ 185: Homecoming Pop-Up Museum, Public History Center, University of North Alabama, 12-13 October, 2015,
  • Dans l’Griff/In Griffintown, with G. Scott MacLeod, Centre d’histoire de Montréal, 3 September 2015-4 September 2016.

Selected Papers Presented:

  • National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
    Indianapolis, IN
    Working Group: “Meeting in the Middle: Community Engagement in a Digital World.”
  • National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
    Baltimore, MD
    Working Group: “Confronting Campus Histories.”
  • American Conference for Irish Studies, New England Regional Meeting
    Wheaton College, Norton, MA, November 2014
    Title: “Performing Ireland in Griffintown, Montreal: The Plays of James L. Martin and the St. Ann’s Young Men’s Society, 1898-1914.”
  • Oral History Association Annual Meeting
    Madison, Wisconsin, October 2014
    Roundtable: “Humbling Moments: Facing Failure in the Field and Debriefing on Oral History Practice.”
  • National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
    Monterey, California, March 2014
    Roundtable: “Failure: What Is It Good For?”
  • American Conference for Irish Studies, New England Regional Meeting
    Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI, November 2013
    Title: “Nations and Nationalism during the First World War in Montreal”
  • Canadian Association of Irish Studies Annual Meeting
    Concordia University, Montreal (QC), July 2011
    Griffintown: Inside Stories Round Table: Participant.
  • Concordia University, Centre for Canadian Irish Studies: Constructions of Identity in Ireland & Quebec Workshop
    Montreal, QC, October 2006
    Title: “Postcolonialism and the Irish in Montreal.”
  • Canadian Historical Association, 2005 Annual Meeting
    University of Western Ontario, London, ON, May 2005
    Title: “Le Griff est mort, vive le Griff! Looking back at Griffintown, Montreal.”
  • Canadian Historical Association, 2001 Annual Meeting
    Université Laval, Sainte-Foy (QC), May 2001
    Title: “Fear and Loathing in Saint-Sylvestre: Ethnic Identities and the Corrigan Affair, 1855-58.”
  • Concordia University, Centre for Canadian Irish Studies: Irish History Colloquium Series
    Montreal (QC), January 2001
    Title: “The Corrigan Affair and Constructions of Irish Identity in Rural Quebec.”

Selected Media Appearances:

  • Global Montreal News, September 2017
    I was interviewed live on the news prior to the launch for my book, Griffintown: History & Memory in an Irish Diaspora Neighbourhood, about the book and Griffintown.
  • CJAD, Montreal, May 2016
    I was interviewed following a series of violent anti-gentrification protests in Montreal’s southwest borough, due to my expertise on the neighbourhoods of Griffintown, Saint-Henri, and Pointe-Saint-Charles, and on the subject of urban redevelopment in general.
  • CJAD, Montreal, October 2015
    I was interviewed as part of a story on the rights of expatriate Canadians to vote in the Canadian federal election. I was included as an expert on Canadian history, the Canadian Constitution, and as a Canadian living in the US.
  • Global Canada National News, December 2011
    I was interviewed when the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, a team proud of its French Canadian heritage, hired a unilingual English-speaking coach in December 2011 for the first time in 50 years and the subsequent political firestorm in Quebec.
  • QMI News Agency, December 2011
    QMI is a press agency in Canada, and I was interviewed when the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, a team proud of its French Canadian heritage, hired a unilingual English-speaking coach in December 2011 for the first time in 50 years and the subsequent political firestorm in Quebec.
  • CJSW Calgary, January 2011
    I was interviewed for CJSW’s now defunct series, “Today in Canadian History.” 5 January 2011 was the 111th anniversary of the first hockey game played by the Montreal Canadiens and I was interviewed about the club’s importance as a cultural icon in Montreal, Quebec, and Canada as a whole, as well as the importance of the Canadiens to the National Hockey League.
  • CJSW Calgary, July 2010
    I was interviewed for the inaugural episode of CJSW’s now defunct series, “Today in Canadian History.” 1 July 1867 marked the 143rd anniversary of Canadian Confederation, and I talked about the meanings and importance of the event.
  • Global Montreal News, December 2009
    I was interviewed at the time of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team’s 100th anniversary on 9 December 2009, talking about the importance of the hockey club to Quebec’s French Canadian population and the team’s centrality to the cultural fabric of Montreal.
  • CJAD 800, July 2006
    I was interviewed on the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, to discuss the fact that the city had just finished paying off the debt from those Olympics.


  • University of North Alabama, Faculty Research Grant, 2016
  • University of North Alabama, Faculty Travel Grant, 2016
  • Thomas Daniel McEntee Graduate Scholarship in Canadian Irish Studies, 2006-07.
  • Dagobert Broh History Doctoral Research Stipend, 2006-07.
  • City of Montreal Graduate Scholarship in Irish Studies, 2005-06.
  • United Irish Societies of Montreal Graduate Scholarship in Irish Studies, 2005-06.
  • Patrick’s Society Graduate Scholarship, 2004-05.
  • Patrick’s Society Graduate Scholarship, 2003-04.
  • Concordia University Shuffle Graduate Scholarship, 2002-03.
  • Irish-Protestant Benevolent Society Bursary, 2001-02.
  • Public History Inc. PhD Studies Scholarship, 2000-02.
  • Simon Fraser University Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 1996-98.

Other Experience:

  • Hershel Anderson Olympic Shooting Museum
    Monteagle, TN
    Founding curator of proposed Olympic Shooting Museum. Project includes fund-raising and applying for grants at the local, state, and national level; creation of museum collection and database; creation of initial exhibits; community relations.
  • Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace
    Sewanee, TN
    Currently contracted to write the history of the CCJP’s first 30 years, focusing on archival, oral, and material culture history. In conjunction with a 80-100pp book, I am also developing an exhibit for the CCJP to open in the Lytle Reading Room at the Archives at Sewanee – The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. The exhibit will open with a gala on May 1, 2017, and run for the rest of the month. Finally, I am developing a permanent on-line exhibit for the CCJP that will début on May 1, 2017.
  • Gale Academic
    Wrote a series of essays for on-line encyclopaedia of World History, covering topics as the Scientific Revolution, Pan-Slavism, Culture and the Cold War, amongst others, 2014-16
  • Pearson Canada
    Toronto, ON
    Wrote on-line material to accompany Margaret Conrad, Alvin Finkel & Donald Fyson, Canada: A History (2013), 2012
  • Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Quebec
    Montreal (QC)
    Revised and updated Text book/study guides for HST 40126-2: History of Quebec and Canada: From the First Nations to the Union of the Canadas Learning Guide, (2nd ed.) and HST 4017-2: History of Quebec and Canada: From Confederation to the Present Learning Guide (2nd ed.), 2010
  • Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
    Concordia University, Montreal (QC)
    History Book Review Editor, 2001-03.
  • Paterson Review
    Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.
    Peer reviewer, 1999-2001

 Extracurricular Activities:

  • Writer,
    National Council on Public History blog, history@work
    I have published occasionally on this site, examining notions of sports marketing, the history of Punk Rock, the War of 1812, and the memorialization of the Boston Bombing. Author index can be found here:
  • Member, Organising Committee
    Bloomsday Montreal, 2012
  • Member, Board of Directors,
    Griffintown Horse Palace Foundation, 2009-12
    The Griffintown Horse Palace Foundation is a charitable foundation designed to offer a place to re-connect with the history of Griffintown and to maintain the age-old link between humanity and the horse. The Foundation’s goal is to acquire the Griffintown Horse Palace property, renovate it, and create a museum focusing on the history of Griffintown. The stables will continue to house working horses, and will be managed by the calèche drivers, who have agreed to work as partners with us in the preservation of the Horse Palace property.
  • Current Intelligence Magazine, London, UK
    Books Review Editor, 2008-2011
  • Contributing Editor, Current Intelligence Magazine, London, UK, 2008-2011
    I published on a wide variety of topics related to security, space and culture in the US, Canada, and UK. I was also the books and music editor, and had a regular column.
  • Co-Director, Complex Terrain Laboratory/Senior Editor, Complex Terrain Weblog/Review
    University College London, 2008-10
    Involved in editorial decisions and direction, as well as contributing postings related to various issues, especially around issues of space, place, the urban landscape, and urban security issues.
  • Research, Scenario Productions
    Montreal (QC)
    2005: Researcher for documentary on the Black Stone, a monument to Irish Potato Famine victims in Montreal



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