Patrick Lacroix


A native of Cowansville, Quebec, Patrick Lacroix pursued his endless fascination with the past and earned degrees in history at Bishop’s University (Sherbrooke, Quebec) and Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario). From 2012 to 2017, he attended the University of New Hampshire. While in the United States, he began submitting his work to academic, peer-reviewed publications and established himself as a leading historian of immigration and Franco-American history. His articles have appeared in influential history journals, including Histoire sociale/Social History, the Canadian Journal of History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, and The Historian.


Patrick defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “John F. Kennedy and the Politics of Faith,” several years ago; his manuscript is now under review with an American university press. He has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, N.H.) and Bishop’s University. His courses have ranged from Classical Greece to religion in the modern United States. Amid other responsibilities, Patrick continues to share original research on a regular basis on his website and often contributes to other blogs. He also has provided historical perspective on current issues through op-eds published in the History News Network, the Montreal GazetteTime.comLe Droit, the Washington Post, and the Concord Monitor.


He has a special interest in writing that blends attentiveness to historical detail with lively storytelling. He lives and writes in Halifax.

Twitter: @querythepast



Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, 2016-2017


John S. Moir Graduate Essay Prize, Canadian Society of Church History, 2015


Honorable mention for the Wilcox Prize for Graduate Writing, UNH, 2013


Fulbright Student Award, UNH, 2012-2013

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