Dr. Elizabeth ScottCurator
Dr. Elizabeth A. Scott, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., is the Curator of the Western Development Museum. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the WDM in 2016 as Director of Research, Dr. Scott was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island and Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity at the University of Saskatchewan. She previously worked as the Citizenship Officer for Saskatoon and Northern Saskatchewan with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and as a Citizenship Case Analyst in Ottawa, experiences that encouraged her to study the history of immigration policies in Canada.
Dr. Scott’s research and exhibition work at the WDM focuses on Saskatchewan histories that explore the province’s diversity, promote Reconciliation and inclusivity and showcase innovation. She is also interested in the teaching and scholarship of Public History. Her broader research program sits at the intersections of citizenship, immigration and poverty in Saskatchewan and Canadian History, set in a transnational context. Her publications advance arguments that deepen our understanding about the historical connections between Canadian and British immigration law and policy.
She is a member of the Canadian Historical Association, presenting regularly at the Annual Meeting. She enjoys giving public lectures to community groups, at WDM events and for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. She is actively involved in her community, as a member of the Saskatoon Archives and Archivists Group, former executive member of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism and former elected member of the Saskatoon Community Clinic Board of Directors. She was chairperson of the 50th Anniversary of Medicare Committee in Saskatoon.
Dr. Scott is passionate about advancing Reconciliation at the WDM and sharing the diverse history of the people of Saskatchewan, exploring our unique sense of place. She is honoured to lead the stewardship of the WDM artifact Collection for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project, in collaboration with Spirit Wrestler Productions and the University of Saskatchewan, winner of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! for 2020.