MCGOWAN, MARK Contact Areas of Interest

McGowan, Mark
Department of History
Carr Hall 319, 100 St Joseph Street
Toronto, ON
t: 416-926-1300 ext. 3253
  • Religious history of Canada and the United States
  • Religion and the media
  • Collective memory
  • Ehnicity


Mark McGowan (BA (Ottawa ), MA, PhD (Toronto)) is a specialist in the religious, social, migration, and educational history of Canada. He is co-editor of the award-winning books Catholics at the Gathering Place: Historical Essays on the Archdiocese of Toronto (1992) and The Waning of the Green: Catholics, the Irish and Identity in Toronto, 1887-1922 (McGill-Queen’s 1999); Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier (McGill-Queen’s, 2005). He has recently completed a revisionist work on the Irish Famine migration to Canada (for the CHA Canadian Ethnic Groups Series) and a short book for the Ireland Park Foundation: “A Calamity to the Province”: The Irish Famine Migration of 1847 and Toronto. He is currently researching the creation of historical memory within the Irish Diaspora and a new book on the history of the Catholic Church in Canada from 1900 to 1960.

Selected publications

“Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847” (Novalis, 2009).

“Catholics: Anglophone and Allophone,” in Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, eds., Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada, (2008): 49-100.

“Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier” (2005).

“Partner’s in Faith: Readings in the History of Catholic Education in Ontario” (2002).

“The Waning of the Green: Catholics, the Irish, and Identity in Toronto? (1999).