An expert on the sociocultural history of 19th and 20th century Canada, Dr. Chad Gaffield has studied linguistic relations and the making of Canada’s official language identities, socio-demographic change, and childhood and family history during the initial decades of mass schooling in Canada and the United States. In addition to his award-winning publications, Dr. Gaffield has led major interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and cross-sectoral research collaborations, most notably the building of the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI), completed in 2009 that created data and developed digital technology to mine historical evidence of the temporal and spatial forces that shaped the 20th century.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Gaffield received the RSC’s 2004 J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. Other awards include the Antonio Zampolli Prize given by the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations in 2011 and the conferring of a Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Carleton University in 2015. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.
Dr. Gaffield served as President and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) from 2006 to 2014. In addition to his role as RSC President, he currently serves on the Scientific Board of Europe’s Digital Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities as well as on the International Council for Science’s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review. Dr. Gaffield received his BA (Hons) and MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto.