Dr. Newell’s research interests span a range of subjects within these broad areas: Canadian social and economic history; history of technology; aboriginal women in the industrial economy; Pacific fisheries; and science and technology in late industrial society. For example, her research explores science fiction literary production, in particular women’s involvement in postwar science fiction. This work brings together elements of Dr. Newell’s interests in technology, its history and socio-political implications for gender.
Dr. Newell has authored or edited five books: Technology on the Frontier: Mining in Old Ontario (UBC Press, Vancouver, 1986); with R. Greenhill, Survivals: Aspects of Industrial Archaeology in Ontario (Boston Mills Press, Erin, Ont., 1989); editor, The Development of the Pacific Salmon Canning Industry: A Grown Man’s Game (McGill- Queen’s U. Press, Montreal, 1989); Tangled Webs of History: Indians and the Law in Canada’s Pacific Coast Fisheries (U. of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1993, 1997) (CHA Clio Award; Cdn. Nautical Research Soc., Keith Matthew Prize); and editor with R.E. Ommer, Fishing Places, Fishing People: Traditions and Issues in Canadian Small-Scale Fisheries (U. of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1999).
Dr. Newell’s publications have won the Clio Award of the Canadian Historical Association, the Keith Matthew Prize of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, and the Association of Canadian Studies. She is past-president of the Smithsonian-based Society of Industrial Archaeology, former Associate Dean, UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies and recipient of the UBC Killam Memorial Fellowship (1990).
Dr. Newell was the Director of the Institute from 2003-2011.