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Professor, History & Book and Media Studies
tel: (416) 926-7102

Currently Acting Vice-Provost, Students at the University of Toronto, Mark is the Principal Investigator on the study. From 2002 to 2011, Mark served as Principal and Vice-President Academic, of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. In this position, he was responsible for the directorship of five academic programs, over sixty faculty members, and a student body of over 4,500 undergraduate students. As Principal, he organized symposia, supervised research projects, and coordinated international conferences, the most recent being the international association of book historians (SHARP). In directing five interdisciplinary programs (Book and Media Studies, Christianity & Culture, Celtic Studies, Mediaeval Studies, and Concurrent Teacher education), two of which he founded, Mark is dedicated to building partnerships between university departments, instructors, researchers, and deans of faculties

As a leading scholar of Irish and religious history in Canada, Mark has served as President of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association and currently serves as Past-President of the Canadian Society of Church History. His book Death or Canada: The Great Famine Migration and Toronto, 1847 , a study of how the city of Toronto survived and was shaped by the massive influx of indigent Irish famine migrants in 1847, was a best seller and was turned into a Irish-Canada docudrama, which was nominated for a Gemini and IFTA award.

Relevant Publications

  • McGowan, Mark. (2009). Death or Canada: The Great Famine Migration and Toronto, 1847. Montreal and Toronto: Novalis-Bayard.
  • McGowan, Mark. (2005). Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • McGowan, Mark. (1999). ‘The Waning of the Green’: Catholics, the Irish and Identity in Toronto, 1887-1922. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
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