Dr. Rebecca Mancuso


Rebecca Mancuso, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Professor, graduate faculty
  • Phone: 419-372-7424
  • Email: rmancus@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 22 Williams Hall


A Canadian specialist, Dr. Mancuso's scholarly mission involves fostering a better understanding of the importance of Canada to the United States and the world.  Her general field of research is immigration policy history in the Canadian context.  Her publications, appearing in The American Review of Canadian Studies and The British Journal of Canadian StudiesCanadian Ethnic Studies and other peer-reviewed journals, center on British immigration to Canada as a nationalist project.  She is currently working on a manuscript, “Nothing but Debts and Worries”: Canada’s Three Thousand Family Scheme and Empire Settlement, 1919-1939,” which explores newcomers' struggles to adapt to Canadians’ notions of immigrant success. In 2013, she held the Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Calgary in Alberta.

Dr. Mancuso currently coordinates the Canadian Studies academic program at BGSU, and the courses she regularly teaches include History of Canada (HIST 4140), Introduction to Canadian Studies (CAST 2010), and a senior research seminar on race and ethnicity in North America (HIST 4800).  She pursues her strong interest in public history as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Wood County, Ohio, Historical Society.


  • University of Michigan-Dearborn Ottawa Internship Program, Associate Director, 2014-2016
  • Wood County, Ohio, Historical Society, Vice President, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS)
  • National Council on Public History
  • Midwestern Association for Canadian Studies (MWACS)
  • Bowling Green Curling Club, 2005-present

Fields of Study

  • Canadian History
  • Local and Public History
  • History of North American Immigration
  • Women’s History


  • Ph.D., McGill University, Montréal, Québec, 2000, History
  • M.A. (with honors), Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1991, History
  • B.A. (with honors) Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1987, French

Selected Publications

  • With Nicholas Blaine, “Cross Border Warriors: A Research Note on Canadian Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War,” 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, 31, Spring 2013: 1-22.
  • “Three Thousand Families: English Canada’s Colonizing Vision and British Family Settlement, 1919-1939,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 45, 3, Trent University, 2011: 5-33.
  • “Give me a Canadian’: Training Hostels for British Domestics Destined to Canada, 1927-1930,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Routledge, Winter 2010: 599-618.
  • “For Purity or Prosperity: Competing Nationalist Visions and Immigration Policy, 1919-1930” in British Journal of Canadian Studies, 32, 1, University of Strathclyde, 2010: 1-23.
  • “The Danish Community of Montreal: The Uses of History and the Meanings of Success” in Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, 40, 3 University of Manitoba, 2008: 183-194.
  •  “The Danes in North America: Histories, Identities, and the Meanings of Success” in Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States, Karl Froschauer, ed., Burnaby, BC: Center for Canadian Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2006: 530-542.
  • “Work ‘Only a Woman Can Do’: The Women’s Division of the Canadian Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1919-1937” in The American Review of Canadian Studies, Winter 2005: 593-620.


  • “Advice to Young Canada: British Writers in Canada,” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) Biennial Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2015.
  • “Reflections of the ‘Roving Britishers’: British Travel Writing on Canada, 1900-1915,” The Midwestern Association for Canadian Studies (MWACS) Conference, Michigan State University, November 2014.
  • “The 3000 Families: Canada’s Frontier Settlement Schemes, 1924-1931,” The Association for Canadian Studies and Canadian Ethnic Studies 4th Joint Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, October 2013.
  • “‘There is land, land everywhere’: Back to the Land Policies in Early 20th-Century Canada” at the ACSUS Biennial Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 2011.
  • “British Family Migration and Western Settlement, 1925-1939,” Midwestern Association for Canadian Studies Conference, Windsor, ON, October 2010.
  • “Three Thousand Families: Managing Family Migration from Britain to Canada,” Policy History Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2010.
  • “Canadian Studies in the United States: Different Needs, Different Approaches,” Canadian Studies: State of the Art, Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) Conference, Sackville, NB, February 2009.
  • “Purity or Prosperity: Competing Nationalist Visions and Canadian Immigration Policy, 1919-1930,” MWACS Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 2008.
  • “Encountering Empire: Women and Empire Settlement, 1920-1930,” ACSUS Biennial Conference, Toronto, ON, November 2007.

Invited Talks

  • “The ‘Greatest Opportunity:’ Canada’s Frontier Settlement Scheme for British Families, 1924-1931,” University of Calgary Colloquium Series, Calgary, AB, September, 2013.
  • “Teaching the Introductory Course in Canadian Studies,” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2009.
  • “Best Practices for Teaching Canada,” Ohio Canadian Studies Roundtable, Columbus, OH, March 2006.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Canadian Studies (CAST 2010)
  • History of Canada (HIST 4140)
  • Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada (HIST 4800)
  • Immigration to North American (HIST 4800)
  • Early America (HIST 2050)
  • Introduction to Curling (PEG 2180)
  • Fulbright Canada Research Chair Award, University of Calgary, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2013-2014
  • Bowling Green State University Faculty Research Committee (FRC) Project Grant, 2012
  • Foreign Affairs Canada, Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant, 2009-10
  • Foreign Affairs Canada, Faculty Enrichment Program Grant, 2007-08
  • Foreign Affairs Canada, Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant, 2006-07
  • Foreign Affairs Canada, Faculty Research Grant, 2006
  • Bowling Green State University Ethnic Cultural Arts Program Grant, 2004
  • McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women Research Grant, 1997

Updated: 12/01/2017 10:43PM