Dr. Edward MacDonald wins CCHA’s Paul Bator Memorial Award

Congratulations, Dr. MacDonald!
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Dr. Edward MacDonald
Dr. Edward MacDonald, professor of history at UPEI

Dr. Edward MacDonald, professor of history at UPEI, recently won the Canadian Catholic Historical Association’s (CCHA) 2023 Paul Bator Memorial Prize for the best article published over the past four years in the association’s journal, Historical Studies. His winning article, titled “A Song for Edward Whelan: Commemoration, Catholicism and Classical Liberalism in the Afterlife of a Tragic Hero,” was published in the journal’s 87th volume in 2021. 

The CCHA established the Paul A. Bator Memorial Award in 2001 to honour the memory of Paul Bator, a young scholar who edited Historical Studies from 1993 to 1995. It is awarded biennially to the author of the article judged to be the best published by Historical Studies in the previous two years. Articles are judged “on their originality and depth of research, importance to the historiography, and prose excellence.” This is the first time that the award has been given since 2019 because of an interruption in the process due to COVID-19.

Dr. MacDonald was presented with the award at the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at York University from May 27 to June 2. The Congress is the largest academic gathering in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The 2023 event brought together 67 academic associations from humanities and social sciences disciplines, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work, and more.

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