Faculty of Arts

Mailing Address

Faculty of Arts
Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3

Phone: 902-420-5437
Fax: 902-491-8634

BAadvising@smu.ca (for academic advising inquiries)

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Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts

Dr. Margaret MacDonald

Religious Studies
Dean of Arts


Margaret Y. MacDonald is Dean of Arts and Professor of Religious Studies. She received her DPhil in 1987 from Oxford University, where she held a Commonwealth Scholarship. She taught previously at St. Francis Xavier University (1986-1990 and 1996-2014), where she served as both Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies and Acting Dean of Arts. She also taught at the University of Ottawa (1990-1996). In 2018, she was honoured to hold the McCarthy Chair in Biblical Studies at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute (PBI).

Dr. MacDonald is a specialist on the letters of Paul in the New Testament. Working in the field of Early Christian Studies, her scholarship has concentrated on early Christian families, women, and the social setting of the early Christian communities in the Roman world. In addition to numerous essays and journal articles, her publications include The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2014); A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity, with co-author Carolyn Osiek and contributor Janet Tulloch (Fortress Press, 2006); Colossians and Ephesians (Sacra Pagina; Liturgical Press, 2000); Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion: The Power of the Hysterical Woman (Cambridge University Press, 1996); and The Pauline Churches: A socio-historical study of institutionalization in the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Writings (Cambridge University Press, 1988). Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Peter Twohig

Atlantic Canada Studies
Associate Dean of Arts - Curriculum and Student Affairs

Professor of Atlantic Canada Studies, History, and Health, Wellness and Sport in Society


Peter L. Twohig is the Associate Dean of Arts (Curriculum and Student Affairs). He is an historian with expertise in the history of health care work, social history, working-class history, and the Atlantic Region. He has authored two monographs on health care workers, co-edited (with Vera Kalitzus) five interdisciplinary essay collections on health, illness and disease, and served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies focusing on health and region. His peer-reviewed articles have been published in leading academic journals (Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Acadiensis, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Canadian Family Practice, Health and Place, British Medical Journal, American Journal of Bioethics, and others). He has recently completed a book on the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest examples of a Victorian garden in North America. His current research, which has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is examining the ways in which different parts of Canada have responded to shortages of health care workers through altering public policy, educational paths, and other means. He has published several articles based on this work focusing on nursing assistants and LPNs, and a manuscript is in the works. 

He is also a dedicated university teacher, who has made it a priority to teach first-year students while also supervising a large number of graduate and post-doctoral students. Peter began his career in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, before taking up a Canada Research Chair at Saint Mary’s University, which he held from 2003 to 2013. In 2014, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. He served as the President of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine from 2016-2018, and received the President’s University Research Award from Saint Mary’s University in 2017. In 2019, he also received the Denny Deveau Award for his lifetime contributions to the development of girls and women’s ice hockey in Canada. He was recently named as the Agnes Dillon Randoph Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia.

headshot of Dr. Kirrily Freeman, Associate Dean of Arts (Acting), Research and Outreach

Dr. Kirrily A. Freeman

Associate Dean of Arts (Acting) - Research and Outreach

Associate Professor, Honours and Graduate Program Coordinator, History Department


Kirrily Freeman is an historian of modern Europe. She holds a BA in European Studies (University of Guelph), a master's degree in Second World War Studies (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD in History (University of Waterloo). Her teaching and research focus on the cultural history of western Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and her publications include Reading the Postwar Future: Textual Turning Points from 1944 (Bloomsbury, 2019), and Bronzes to Bullets: Vichy and the Destruction of French Public Statuary, 1941-1944 (Stanford, 2009).

Joan Whitney, EA for the Dean of Arts

Joan Whitney
Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts


Emily Anderson
B.A. Program Advisor


Robyn MacIntosh
B.A. Program Advisor - Psychology


Shawn Simamba
B.A. Program Advisor


Marla Cranston
Communications Officer


Alida Campbell
Project Manager, Field Schools and Academic Exchanges


Nicole Luttrell

Ghalia Mohamed

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