Kaitlin Findlay

Graduate Student


Kaitlin Findlay is studying under the supervision of Drs. Maria Cristina Garcia and Derek Chang. Her doctoral research will interrogate humanitarianism, international law, and forced displacement in the twentieth century. Her proposed dissertation is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship and Cornell Sage Fellowship.

Kaitlin completed her BA History (Honors) at McGill University and my MA Thesis at the University of Victoria. Her MA research examined the social and political history of a royal inquiry into Japanese Canadian claims for fair compensation following their dispossession in the 1940s. 

Kaitlin is committed to public history. From 2018-2020, she worked as the Research Coordinator for Landscapes of Injustice, a major Canadian public history project that investigates and tells the history of the forced uprooting and dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. This position entailed exhibit writing and content development and teacher resource creation. Kaitlin has also worked as a research consultant for a range of new media public history projects and as a curatorial assistant at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Burnaby).



Book chapters

“Creating the Bird Commission: How the Canadian State Addressed Japanese Canadians’ Calls for Fair Compensation.” Chapter in Landscapes of Injustice: A New Perspective on the Internment and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians, McGill-Queen’s University Press (2020).

“(De)valuation: The state mismanagement of Japanese Canadian personal property in the 1940s,” with Nicholas Blomley. Ibid.

“Remembering Acts of Ownership,” with Heather Read and Jordan Stanger-Ross. Ibid.

“Introduction,” with Jordan Stanger-Ross, Eiji Okawa, Yasmin Railton, Josh van Es, and Trevor Wideman. Ibid.



[Museum exhibit] “Broken Promise,” a nationally touring exhibition, co-curated by the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Launching September 2020. Exhibition text, co-authored with Jordan Stanger-Ross.

[Op-ed] “Teahouse plan offers a vision for Esquimalt,” with John Lutz, Jordan Stanger-Ross, and Tsugio Kurushima. Times Colonist, 14 April 2019.

[Online exhibit] “Scared Sites: Dishonour and Healing,” with Alissa Cartwright. Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, December 2, 2015.