Samantha Cutrara

With a PhD from York University in Education (2012) and a focus on meaningful learning in Canadian history education, Dr. Samantha Cutrara has become an expert in her field of teaching and learning history in both traditional and non-traditional sites of education.

As a History Education Strategist, Dr. Cutrara develops strategies, projects, and programs to help organizations and individuals teach Canadian history in interesting, meaningful, and comprehensive ways. This has been done by developing museum exhibits and related programming, writing curriculum and creating resources, leading professional development sessions for educators, and building partnerships amongst organizations and individuals.

She is currently at York University as a Curriculum Specialist in the Office of the Vice Provost Academic managing the academic innovation project (AIF): Digital Humanities and Social Sciences for Teaching & Learning. The aligned e-resource for faculty, Doing Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in Your Classroom, has been published by York University Libraries as a OER Pressbook.

Dr. Cutrara's first full-length manuscript, Imagining a New "We": Canadian history education for the 21st century, will be published by UBCPress in 2019.

Dr. Cutrara can be contacted for consulting, lectures, and resource development at

Monthly Updates

Summer 2018

Welcome to my new site! I certainly did not think a new site was in the cards this summer, but that's what taking a vacation can do... gives you space to see new projects!

Following Congress (and a great reception for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences work we're doing at York!), I unfortunately got sick and got behind in everything. So much for a relaxing summer!

But I still managed to meet four major deadlines:

  • Published a Digital Humanities and Social Science Open Educational Resource for York called Doing Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in your Classroom.
  • Completed a chapter for the collection Marking the Invisible: Articulating Whiteness in Social Studies Education for Information Age Publishers called “It is hard to admit your own group did wrong”: Centering Whiteness and controlling diversity in the Canadian social studies classroom.
  • Edited the final articles for an upcoming special capsule issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures on transnational youth in Canada.
  • Submitted two articles for consideration for the AERA conference that will be held in TORONTO in the spring!

I also submitted four articles for review. One is new work on archives based on our DHSS project and the other three are a (re)view of theoretical and methodological work I've focused on for a while.

September: packed as usual!

My main focus will be on providing faculty development workshops and consultations to York faculty on teaching with DHSS. Check out our DHSS Instructor's Guide and contact me for any individual consulting.