Hilary Doda

Associate Fellow; Assistant Professor, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University

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Office Hours

Thursdays 1 – 4 p.m.

BA (McGill), Costume Studies Diploma (Dalhousie), MA (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Dalhousie)

Hilary Doda (she/her) teaches global dress history at Dalhousie University’s Costume Studies program, and her research focuses on the material culture of dress and textiles in the early modern Atlantic world. She holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie focusing on material culture, and her most recent work engages with textile use in diaspora communities. Her first book, Fashioning Acadians (2023), examines the development of new clothing vernaculars and the shaping of colonial identity in pre-deportation Acadia. Other recent publications include an article in Acadiensis on Acadian needlework tools, an essay on spurs and early modern masculinity for an edited collection, and a book chapter on Mary I’s investiture wardrobe as Queen of England.

Selected Publications


October 2023: Fashioning Acadians: Clothing in the Atlantic World, 1650-1750. (McGill-Queens University Press.)

Book Chapters

2024     Spurs and Negotiations of Masculinity in Early Modern England. (Konrad Eisenbichler and Jacqueline Murray, eds., Masculinities in Transition in Premodern Europe. Gender in the Middle Ages, [series number TBA]. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2024.)

2016    Lady Mary to Queen of England: Transformation, Ritual, and the Wardrobe of the Robes. In The Birth of a Queen, Palgrave-MacMillan. Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte, Eds. 49-68.

Recent Articles

2023    “’Be sure to incorporate a little history’: Nostalgia and Stories of Place in Cape Breton Overshot Weaving.” Textile History, 53:1, 81-100.

2022    “Nova Scotia Wool Mural,” entry in CanadARThistories, an Open Educational Resource in Canadian and Indigenous Art Histories. Queens University. https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/canadarthistories/chapter/wool-mural-1953/

2021     “Scissors, Embellishment and Womanhood: The Material Culture of Acadian Sewing To 1755.” Acadiensis. (Vol. 50, no. 1, Spring 2021): 62-95.