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Glendon Receives Two Major Research Grants


Despite the economic crisis and government cutbacks, Glendon history professor Gillian McGillivray and Glendon Director of Research Alexandre Brassard are both recipients of major research grants this spring. Their achievements are representative of the range and quality of activities that Glendon researchers are undertaking.

Amid stiff competition, Professor McGillivray was awarded SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) funds for her research program Sugar and Power in the Brazilian Countryside, 1889 – 1964. “This $75,000 grant will be used to explore how sugar mill owners in the countryside managed to keep their workers and cane farmers from mobilizing from the 1910s to the 1950s, when depression, war and the struggles of workers and peasants led to revolutions and the rise of populism elsewhere in Latin America, including urban Brazil”, said McGillivray. ”While Cuban, Mexican and Nicaraguan sugar workers fought violent revolutions to gain social and political rights leading to populist rule in the 1930s, rural Brazilians did not gain these rights until the 1960s.”

Left: Glendon history professor Gillian McGillivray

Alexandre Brassard and his ÉNAP (École nationale d'administration publique) colleague, Jean-François Savard, received a $54,000 grant from SAIC (Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes) to co-direct a much needed bilingual work on Quebec-Ontario relations. Under the title Les relations Ontario-Québec : Une destiné partagée?(Ontario-Quebec Relations: A Shared Destiny?), this collaborative publication aims to strengthen the ties between researchers on both sides of the Ottawa River. Several Glendon faculty members have already agreed to contribute to this publication.

Gillian McGillivray is an assistant professor in the History Department at Glendon and the author of Blazing Cane: Sugar Communities, Class, and State-Formation in Cuba, 1868-1958 (forthcoming Duke University Press).

Right: Glendon Director of Research and course director Alexandre Brassard Desjardins

Alexandre Brassard is a course director in Glendon’s Political Science department and specializes in research methodologies, Canadian politics, and the public policies of science and culture.

More information about these professors and other Glendon faculty members can be found on the Glendon Research website:

Article by Glendon research officer Reagan Brown

Published on May 7, 2009