Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Michael Pitblado

PhD in Education

Major Field

Curriculum Theorizing


Dr. Theodore Christou

Research Interests

  • Holocaust Education
  • Historical Empathy
  • Historical Consciousness
  • History and Social Studies Education


Michael’s doctoral research is an exploration of how secondary history teachers approach teaching about the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He has earned degrees from Queen’s University (BAH and BEd) and the University of New Brunswick (MA). As an undergraduate, he also had the extraordinary opportunity to attend the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in southern England. Before returning to Queen’s, he worked as a researcher at the New Brunswick Museum, a curriculum development specialist for the charity Free The Children, and a sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo where he taught undergraduate history courses. He is a Fellow of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and is a member of the Perpetrators Studies Network and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. In addition to his doctoral studies, Michael teaches history at Leahurst College in Kingston.

Recent University Teaching Experience

  • Instructor: CURR 336—History Teaching in Theory and Practice
  • Instructor/Faculty Liaison: PROF/PRAC 411—Theory and Professional Practice
  • Teaching Assistant: FOUN 102—Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Teaching Assistant: CURR 335—Introduction to Teaching History

Recent Conference Presentations

Pitblado, M. (2017). Genesis of a Genocide Curriculum: A Most Complicated Conversation. Presentation at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Pitblado, M. (2016). Historical empathy, moral education, and the Holocaust: Re-conceptualizing Holocaust education in the 21st century. Presentation at the Association for Moral Education annual conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Pitblado, M. (2016). The evolution of Holocaust education in Ontario. Presentation at the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Lessons and Legacies Conference XIV, Claremont McKenna College, Los Angeles, CA.

Pitblado, M. (2016). Historical empathy in theory and practice: Reflections from the classroom. Presentation at the Historians Teaching History Conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB.

Recent Awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-2017)
  • R.S. McLaughlin and Franklin and Helene Bracken Fellowship, Queen’s University (2015)
  • Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University (2015)
  • Elliott Travel Fellowship in Education, Queen’s University (2015)