Dr. Donica Belisle is a Professor of History at the University of Regina. She is currently researching the history of cane sugar in Canada. Her specific research focus at this time is the sugar trade between Fiji and Canada.

Dr. Belisle's interest in sugar builds on her ongoing work in material and cultural history. Recent publications include articles on sugar advertisingclean eating discourse, and gender discrimination in academe.

Past research in consumer and retail history also informs her approach. This includes her books, Purchasing Power: Women and the Rise of Canadian Consumer Culture (University of Toronto Press 2020), and the award winning Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Modern Canada (UBC Press 2011).

A white settler who grew up in Treaty 2 and Treaty 4 lands, Dr. Belisle has an MA in History from Queen's University and a PhD in Canadian Studies jointly from Trent University and Carleton University. She has been a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia and an Assistant Professor at Athabasca University.

In 2015, Dr. Belisle joined the University of Regina. This university is situated on Treaty 4 land with a presence in Treaty 6. These are the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. 


Dr. Donica Belisle, Professor of History, University of Regina