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liz-koesterResearch Interests

My dissertation research focuses on the interaction between law and eugenics in Ontario between 1900 and 1939.  I am examining archival records related to provincial Royal Commissions, legislation passed and rejected, and court cases, all of which considered issues of interest to eugenicists around the world, including the care of so-called “feeble-minded” individuals, marriage restrictions, sterilization, birth control and abortion.  My work will contribute to a better understanding of the power, influence and legacy of the eugenics movement, as well as of Ontario and Canada in this period.

Selected Publications

“An Evil Hitherto Unchecked:  Eugenics and the 1917 Ontario Royal Commission on the Care and Control of the Mentally Defective and Feeble-minded,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (publication pending)


Contact Information

  • E-mail address: elizabeth.koester@mail.utoronto.ca