Department of History, University of Toronto
3051 Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3 Canada



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow
Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History in the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the Department of History, University of Toronto, 2017–Present.



Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.) History, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2012–2017

Master of Arts
(M.A.) History, Lakehead University, 2010–2011

Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education
(B.A. and B.Ed.) History and English, Lakehead University, 2005–2010



Wiseman, Matthew S. Frontier Science: A History of Cold War Research in Northern Canada. (Manuscript under contact; currently in peer review).

Lindsey, George R. The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey: Operational Research, Strategic Studies, and Canadian Defence in the Cold War. Edited by Matthew S. Wiseman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019. (In print and forthcoming April 2019).



Wiseman, Matthew S. “Unlocking the ‘Eskimo Secret’: Defence Science in the Cold War Canadian Arctic, 1947–1954,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 26, no. 1 (2015): 191–233. Backdated and published July 2016.

Wiseman, Matthew S. “The Development of Cold War Soldiery: Acclimatisation Research and Military Indoctrination in the Canadian Arctic, 1947–1953,” Canadian Military History 24, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2015): 127–55.



Wiseman, Matthew S. “The Science of Defence: Security, Research, and the North in Cold War Canada,” (PhD diss., Wilfrid Laurier University, 2017).



Review of Two Years Below the Horn: Operation Tabarin, Field Science, and Antarctic Sovereignty, 1944-1946, by Andrew Taylor; edited by Daniel Heidt and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, 2017. Canadian Military History 27, no. 2 (2018): 41–44.

Review of Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, the Pentagon, and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology, by David H. Price. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016. Canadian Journal of History 53, no. 2 (Autumn 2018): 315–17.

Review of Maestro of Science: Omond McKillop Solandt and Government Science in War and Hostile Peace, 1939-1956, by Jason Sean Ridler. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. Scientia Canadensis: Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine 39, no. 1 (2017): 120–21.

Review of Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670–1870, by Ted Binnema. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. American Review of Canadian Studies 46, no. 1 (2016): 122–23.

Review of The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality, by Sheldon M. Stern. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 15, no. 4 (2014): 201–5.

Review of Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History, edited by Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. Histoire sociale/Social History 47, no. 95 (2014): 810–12.



“Chasing Fallout: The Canadian Army and Radiation Science in the Early Cold War,” scheduled presentation for Nuclear Histories of Canada, a workshop hosted by the Department of History, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, September 22, 2018.

“Arctic Whispers: The Origins of Canada’s Cold War Scientific Intelligence,” Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, July 12, 2018.

“Science Sails North: Research and Colonial Interaction in the Arctic, 1950-1965,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA/SHC), University of Regina, Regina, SK, May 28-30, 2018.

“Cold War Psychiatry: Research and Patronage at McGill University,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM/SCHM), University of Regina, Regina, SK, May 26-28, 2018.

“Arctic Research and the Ethics of Military Science at the Dawn of the Cold War,” 85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH), Galt House Hotel, Louisville, KY, April 7, 2018.

“Mosquito Warfare: Insect Science and Environmental Degradation in Cold War Canada,” Annual Conference of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), University of California-Riverside and Claremont Colleges, Riverside, CA, March 15, 2018.

“Northern Psychology: Isolation Research on the Mid-Canada Line,” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society (HSS), Sheraton City Centre, Toronto, ON, November 9, 2017.



Invited guest speaker, “The Biology of Truth and Reconciliation: Inuit Bodies, Arctic Research, and the Cold War Canadian State,” Scugog Shores Heritage Centre, Port Perry, ON, October 16, 2016.

Invited guest speaker, “The Influence of Wartime Memory: Assessing the Historical Legacy of Vimy Ridge,” Kitchener-Conestoga Probus Club, Concordia Club, Kitchener, ON, November 25, 2014.

Invited guest speaker, “Debating Cancellation: The CF-105 Avro Arrow Decision Explained,” for “The Avro Arrow: A Dream Denied,” a travelling exhibit from the West Parry Sound District Museum, Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph, ON, July 19, 2013.




Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University, “HI-299X: Sports History,” Winter 2016.
Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University, “HI-346K: Digital Applications, Winter 2015.



Website Administrator, Canadian International History Committee,, July 2017–Present.
Website Designer,, September 2015–November 2015.
Co-author, Clio’s Current,, September 2014–November 2015.
Book Review Editor, Canadian Military History, September 2014–April 2017.
Lead Organizer, Laurier Military History Speaker Series, LCMSDS, September 2014–April 2017.
Website and Outreach Manager, LCMSDS (, August 2014–April 2017.
Website Administrator, Canadian Landmine Foundation,, May 2014–August 2017.
Co-designer, Laurier Military History Archive,, October 2013–November 2013.
Website Administrator, Tri-University Graduate Program in History,, June 2013–July 2016.
Research Assistant, LCMSDS, September 2012–April 2017.



Vera Roberts’ Research Award, Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, 2018
St. Jerome’s University Faculty Research Grant (co-PI with Dr. Jane Nicholas), 2018
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Competition, 2017–2019.
Northern Research Fund, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, 2016.
World History Association (WHA) World Scholar Travel Fund, 2015.
Participants’ Choice Award, Wilfrid Laurier University Third Annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, 2015.
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, National Competition, 2014–2017.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined for SSHRC), 2014.
Dean’s Scholarship, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2014.
Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour Bursary, 2013.
Graduate Research Award for Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, awarded by the Simons Foundation in conjunction with the International Security Research and Outreach Programme (ISROP) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), 2012–2013.
Wilfrid Laurier University Doctoral Student Scholarship, 2012–2016.
Lakehead University Graduate Student Scholarship, 2010–2011.



Member of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
Member of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA/SHC)
Member of the Canadian International History Committee (CIH/HIC), CHA
Member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA/AHSTC)
Member of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM/SCHM)
Member of the History of Science Society (HSS)