Dr. Donica Belisle is a Professor of History at the University of Regina, where she teaches in the history of northern North America. She is currently writing two books about sugar: one on Canadian cane sugar's global origins, and the other on the ​role of sugar in Canadian life.

Most of Dr. Belisle's research examines the relationship between economics and culture. Her recent 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), demonstrate that retail and consumption are central to Canadian identity.

Other research and teaching areas include gender, historical theory, and race. Selected publications in these areas include open-access articles on gender and academic celebrity, and the role of whiteness in historic clean eating discourse.

A white settler who grew up in Treaty 4 and Treaty 2 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 Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia and an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Athabasca University.

In 2015, Dr. Belisle joined the Department of History at the University of Regina. The University of Regina is situated on Treaty 4 lands 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

Upcoming Talk:

"White Sugar: Erasing Global Labour in Canadian Food Marketing."


Via the "Imperial Foodways: Culinary Economies and Provisioning Politics" Workshop, May 21st to 23rd, 2021, University of California-Santa Barbara, Online. May 21-23. Registration details TBA.