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Ruth Sandwell
Co-director and Education Director of Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
Research Co-director for Who Killed William Robinson? Race, Justice & Settling the Land


Ruth Sandwell

Ruth Sandwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and also teaches in the History Department, both at the University of Toronto. Her research, writing and teaching are divided into the study of history teaching and learning in Canada, and the study of Canadian social history. She teaches courses in the history and politics of social studies and history education, the history of rural education and social reform, the history of the family and the history of education.

Ruth Sandwell has recently written a history of rural Canada, and is currently conducting research into the social history of fuels and energy in Canadian homes in the 1850-1950 period. She has edited a collection of essays on the history of various forms of power, energy and fuels (Powering Up Canada: Essays on the History of Heat, Light, and Work from 1600) now under review with McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has recently co-edited with Amy von Heyking a collection of essays Becoming a History Teacher: Sustaining Practices in Historical Thinking and Knowing (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014 in press). Her interest in history teaching and learning is reflected in her work as Co-director and Educational Director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History.