Sefton MacDowell, Laurel

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Sefton MacDowell, Laurel

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Laurel Sefton MacDowell (1947-) is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are Canadian working class history and labour relations and North American environmental history. She attended U of T as an undergraduate student from 1965-1969 and graduated with honours in History. She then attended the London School of Economics from 1969-1970, studying international history, and graduated with an MSc (Econ). MacDowell returned to U of T in 1972 as a graduate student and studied Canadian History and Industrial Relations, and received her PhD in 1979. She has taught at York, McMaster, and U of T.

In addition to her academic work, MacDowell is also active in labour and environmentally focused initiatives. She was involved in the 1980s with the Policy Committee of the Ontario NDP and is also the project leader of the Nuclear International Research Group (NIRG), which had its first inaugural meeting in 2009.


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