Cutrara, Samantha. (2020). Imagining a New ‘We’: Conceptualizing Canadian history education for the 21st century. Vancouver: UBC Press.


Academic Writing

Cutrara, Samantha. (2021). Beyond Pandemic Pedagogy: Thoughts on deconstruction, structure, and justice post-pandemic. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 82(1).

Cutrara, Samantha. (2021). Introduction to Special Issue on Teaching and Relationships. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, 0(1).

Mant, Madeleine and Samantha Cutrara. (2021). Navigating a defining moment: COVID-19 and curatorial thinking. FACETS, 6(Jan).

Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2021, June 14). Death was the Point: Interrupting our shock at colonial practices. Thoughts on the Kamloops discovery.


Academic Writing

Cutrara, Samantha. (2020). “It is hard to admit your own group did wrong”: Centering Whiteness and controlling diversity in the Canadian social studies classroom. Marking the Invisible: Articulating Whiteness in Social Studies Education. Andrea Hawkman and Sarah Shear, Eds. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2020, November 11). Listening to the Voices from the Past: An invitation for a private, nuanced, remote Remembrance Day.

---. (2020, November 9). The American election results and the history of the international press: A discussion with Prof. Michael Palmer.

---. (2020, October 30). Spooky Sources to Teach, and Challenge, Canadian history.

---. (2020, August). Nothing Will Be the Same After This: Four conversations that can help you recraft your history pedagogy and respond to an unknown future. CHA Teaching and Learning blog.

---. (2020, June 5). If you’re not doing history to make change, what the f— are you doing it for?

---. (2020, May 25). #LastNormalPhoto: A camera roll of grief. The COVID19 Chroniclers.

---. (2020, April 27). How do we teach history after this? Thoughts from the “Pandemic Pedagogy” series.


Academic Writing

Cutrara, Samantha. (2019). The Subjectivity of Archives: Learning from, with, and resisting archives and archival sources in teaching and learning history. Historical Encounters, 6(1), 117-132.

---. (2019). Afterward. Beyond The Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History. Andrea Eidinger and Krista McCracken, Eds. eCampusOntario.

Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2019, March 11). The Significance of Women in the Ontario History Curriculum: The Findings of an Undergrad.

---. (2019, February 4). What Black History Month Can Teach the Rest of the Year.


Academic Writing

Cutrara, Samantha. (2018). Doing Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in Your Classroom. Pressbooks: York University Libraries. From

---. (2018). The Settler Grammar of Canadian History Curriculum; Or why the Historical Thinking approach will never be able to respond to the TRC’s Calls to Action. Canadian Journal of Education, 41(1), 250-275.

---. (2018). Considering the Transnational Cultures and Texts of Canadian Youth. Introduction for special capsule issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 10(2). 42-51.

Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2018, November 19). Digital Humanities and Social Sciences for Experiential Learning. Teaching Commons @ York Blog.

---. (2018, September 20). Interested in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in your classroom but don’t know where to start? Innovatus yFile. York University’s News.

---. (2018, September 19). Digital History in the Classroom (For Beginners!).

---. (2018, June 27). Thinking about History Curriculum in Canada (while also recognizing the informal curricula we carry) [History Curriculum series].

---. (2018, April 11). Manitoba: Student-centric history curriculum? [History Curriculum series].

---. (2018, March 1). Who is History Education for? Thinking about Canadian history curriculum [History Curriculum series].


Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2017, July 6). Why So Dull Canada? Deconstructing Canadian children’s books on Confederation. [Canadian Picture Book series]. From

---. (2017, May 9). Dreams of This as Home: Deconstructing the representation of Chinese labourers in children’s history books [Canadian Picture Book series]. From

---. (2017, March 8). Where have all the Suffragists gone? Deconstructing children’s history books [Canadian Picture Book series]. From


Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2016, December 8). Deconstructing Children’s History Books: Residential Schools [Canadian Picture Book Series]. From


Academic Writing

Cutrara, Samantha. (2012). Drawn out of History: The representation of women in Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: A comic strip biography. Graphic Novels and History. Rick Iadonisi, Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

---. (2010). Transformative History: The possibilities of Historic Space. Canadian Social Studies, 41(1), 4-17.

---. (2009). To Placate or Provoke: A critical review of the disciplines approach to history curriculum. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum, 7(2), 88-109.

Popular Writing (Blogs)

Cutrara, Samantha. (2015, August 16). Learning Over Teaching: Being a history education strategist. Originally published on The History Education Network’s blog Teaching the Past: A Blog about Teaching History in Canada. Can be accessed on

---. (2015, February 16). Delight in Learning. From

---. (2014). Meaningful Learning in History. Featured Members, The History Education Network/Histoire et éducation en réseau (THEN/HiER). From .

--- (2011, June 15). Who is History Education For? Teaching the Past: A Blog about Teaching History in Canada. From

--- (2011, March 7). 5 articles (+2) I have found helpful in my research. Teaching the Past: A Blog about Teaching History in Canada. From

---. (2011, January 26). Reflections from the Field: Teacher/Research Collaboration. Teaching the Past: A Blog about Teaching History in Canada. From

Editing projects

Councilor 1

Capsule Issue on


Coucilor 2

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Capsule Issue on Transnationalism and Canadian Youth

Brisson, Geneviève. Plurilingualism and Transnational Identities in a Francophone Minority Classroom.

Glassford, Sarah. “International Friendliness” and Canadian Identities: Transnational Tensions in Canadian Junior Red Cross Texts, 1919-1939.

Malenfant, Jayne. Anarchist Youth in Rural Canada: Technology, Resistance, and the Navigation of Space.

Ostashewski, Marcia, Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, and Shaylene Johnson. Youth-Engaged Art-based Research in Cape Breton: Transcending Nations, Boundaries and Identities.

Active History (2017-2018)

Special series on History Curriculum

Dery, Catherine. (2018, June 6). Quebec History Curriculum: A program with inconsistencies.

Fine-Meyer, Rose. (2019, March 12). The “role of women” in Ontario school history narratives.

Gibson, Lindsay and Carla Peck. (2018, May 9). The Place of History in Alberta Social Studies Curriculum.

Wallace-Casey, Cynthia. (2018, January 10). New Brunswick History Curriculum: Language Rights and Place-based History Education.