Dr. Catherine Carstairs

Chair and Professor, History, University of Guelph

Health and body, illegal drug use, natural food industry, public health, sexually transmitted infections, water fluoridation, feminist history in Canada



Catherine Carstairs studies the history of gender and the history of health and medicine in Canada and the US. She is the Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and a former Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women's History. She is the author/editor of three books: Jailed for Possession: Illegal Drug Use, Regulation and Resistance in Canada: (with Nancy Janovicek) Writing Feminist History: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work and Nation, and (with Bethany Philpott and Sara Wilmshurst) Be Wise! Be Healthy!: Morality and Citizenship in Canadian Public Health.


  • Health and body
  • Illegal drug use
  • Natural food industry
  • Public health
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Water fluoridation
  • Feminist history in Canada