B.A., B.Ed., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Dr. Di Mascio joined the School of Education in 2011. He is an educational historian whose research concerns the origins and development of mass schooling. He is particularly interested in the intersection of educational history and politics, and its potential contributions to informed public policy. He currently teaches courses on the foundations of the teaching profession, education policy, and the history of education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Di Mascio’s research is centred on the history of education. He has published numerous articles and has presented at national and international conferences on topics that range from the making of school of legislation to the material culture of classrooms. He is the author of The Idea of Popular Schooling in Upper Canada: Print Culture, Public Discourse, and the Demand for Education (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012), which examines the origins of schooling in Upper Canada in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Since arriving at Bishop’s, he has focused his research on the history of Quebec education and its relevance to ongoing policy debates. In 2012, he was awarded a three-year grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture to support research on the history of cross-border schooling in Quebec and Vermont. He is currently building on that research in a study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada that examines American influences on the development of education in Quebec.