Ph.D., History, York University, Toronto, 2009-2014

Dissertation title: “Of Outcasts and Ambassadors: the Making of Portuguese Diaspora in Postwar North America” – nominated by York University’s Dept. of History for the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 John Bullen Prize

Supervisor: Dr. Roberto Perin

Master of Arts, History/ Ethnic, Migration, and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto, 2008

Supervisor: Dr. Franca Iacovetta

Licenciatura (HBA equivalent), Early Modern and Contemporary History, Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Lisbon, 2000-2004

Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Management and Animation Management

Final project: “Documentary Centre and Archive of Graffiti”


  • Migration, ethnicity, race, and labour in North America
  • Transnationalism and diasporas
  • Public memories, national/imperial heritages, and myth making
  • 19th and 20th centuries Canadian social, cultural, urban, and labour history
  • 20th century Portuguese history


Refereed book

  • Fernandes, G. This Pilgrim Nation: the Making of Portuguese Diaspora in Postwar North America, Toronto: University of Toronto Press (past peer review; forthcoming, 2019)

Refereed journal articles, published

  • Fernandes, G. “’Oh Famous Race!’ Imperial Heritage and Diasporic Memory in the Portuguese American Narrative of North America.” The Public Historian 38: 1 (February, 2016): 18-48
  • Fernandes, G. “Moving the ‘Less Desirable’: Portuguese Mass Migration to Canada, 1953-74.” Canadian Historical Review 96: 3 (September 2015): 339-74
  • Fernandes, G. “Beyond the ‘Politics of Toil’. Collective Mobilization and Individual Activism in Toronto’s Portuguese Community, 1950s-1990s.” Urban History Review, 39: 1 (Fall 2010): 59-72

Refereed journal articles, submitted

  • Fernandes, G. “Breaking the News: Portuguese Colonialist Public Relations, Public Diplomacy, and Lobbying in the United States, 1961-64” – submitted to American Historical Review

 Refereed book chapter, published

  • Costa, R., Da Silva, E., Fernandes, G., Miranda, S., Onge, A. S. “Archiving from Below: Preserving, Problematizing and Democratizing the Collective Memory of Portuguese Canadians – The Portuguese Canadian History Project.” In Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the United States and Canada. Amalia S. Levi and Dominique Daniel, ed. Sacramento: Litwin Press, 2014

Non-refereed publications

  • “‘The Language of My Ancestors.’ Teaching the History of Portuguese Speakers in Canada.” Teaching and Learning Portuguese in Canada. Inês Cardoso, Anabela Rato, Vander Tavares eds. (in progress)
  • “(Re)discovering Portuguese Americans: A Very Brief History.” Constança Saraiva ed. A Little Country Across the Ocean (New York: Arte Institute, 2017)
  • “On Guard for Canadian Parochialism,” Part 1-3,, September 8, 15, 22, 2015
  • “Portuguese Politics in the City. Toronto’s Invisible Cities and Political Participation,” Living Toronto Online Journal, April 2014
  • Os Imigrantes Portugueses Protestaram a Violência Policial: o caso da morte de Ângelo Nóbrega, Maio 1969,” Senso Magazine, Toronto, 13 (Fall/Winter), 2011
  • Gilberto Fernandes, Raphael Costa, and Susana Miranda, “Introdução ao Projecto de História Luso-Canadiana,” Senso Magazine, Toronto, n. 11 (Spring/Summer), 2011
  • Review of The Portuguese in Canada. Diasporic Challenges and Adjustment (2nd. ed.). Carlos Teixeira and Victor M. P. Rosa ed. In Canadian Historical Review, 91:2 (June 2010), 373-375


Researcher and Curator, Myseum of Toronto, 2018 to present

  • Conducting research for and curating major exhibition in the Fall of 2019 on the history of riots, protests, demonstrations, civil and uncivil disobedience in Toronto

Post-Doctoral Visitor, The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, 2015 to present


  • Principal investigator of multi-dimensional research and public history project
  • Managed a $210,000 budget resulting from fundraising with community stakeholders
  • Led a team of 22 part time and freelance professionals, including research assistants, digitization assistants, videographers, video editors, voice actor, and designer
  • Produced an oral history series with 19 short (6-8 min) videos featuring retired construction workers and labour organizers
  • Producing, directing, and writing a four-part documentary film totalling about 3 hours
  • Curated a travelling multimedia exhibition using augmented reality technology, including 80 QR code-activated digital labels.
  • Oversaw the digitization of 3,150 photos from the Toronto Telegram at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections
  • Developed digital history website with interactive illustrated timelines (376 entries); arcGIS and story maps; extensive biographies; hundreds of photos; videos; and audio recordings

Project title: PORTUGUESE CANADIAN HISTORY PROJECT (2008 to present)

  • Co-founder and lead director of archival outreach and public history project (2008-2018)
  • Fundraised $100,000 for operative costs from community members (2015-2017)
  • Co-organized a week-long youth summer camp for youth between ages 14-18, with the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies Program at York University (2017)
  • Developed and maintained website with 28,000+ views and 16,300+ visitors since December 2015
  • Produced and led the “Portuguese Toronto: Early Decades”walking tour and digital companion with Heritage Toronto (2014-2015) and Jane’s Walks (2016-2017)
  • Curated “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013” travelling exhibition and showed it in 11 different venues (2013)
  • Curated online exhibitions with York University Libraries using Omeka and Neatline platforms (2011)
  • Facilitated the transfer of 10 historical records collections from private individuals and organizations into the care of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collection
  • Mentored the creation of the Greek Canadian History Project, the Coptic Canadian History Project, and advised the Italian Canadian Archives Project


  • Contributed scholarly and digital humanities references for an online, open-access syllabus on Canadian migration history, in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Ross, Dr. Laura Madokoro, Dr. Franca Iacovetta, Dr. Marlene Epp, Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, Dr. Sylvie Taschereau, Dr. Lisa Chilton, Paul-Étienne Rainville, and Michael Akladios

Curator, HISTORY MATTERS LECTURE SERIES, Toronto Public Library and, 2012-2015

  • Selected speakers, organized and hosted presentations by academic historians

Curator, St. Christopher House, 2011


  • Led a team of volunteer researchers to examine and organize St. Christopher House’s in-house historical records
  • Curated travelling and online exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the organization

Graduate Assistant, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Supervised by Head Archivist, Michael Moir, 2009-2010

  • Developed documentation strategy for patron-driven acquisitions in Toronto’s Portuguese-Canadian community


  • Awards to Scholarly Publications Program’s Publication Grant, Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018
  • Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, 2013
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, 2011-2014
  • Scotiabank Community Involvement Award in Honour of Teresa Melo, Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, 2010
  • York Entrance Graduate Scholarship, York University, 2009


Course director, HIST4530, The Development of Toronto, Dept. of History, York University, Fall-Winter 2016-2017, Fall-Winter 2017-2018, Fall-Winter 2018-2019

Experiential Education Supervisor, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University

  • 6 placement students from York University’s 4000-level course”Public History,” with the Portuguese Canadian History Project (2016) and City Builders (2018)
  • 4 placement students from York University’s 3000-level course “Advanced Portuguese,” with the Portuguese Canadian History Project (2016-2018)
  • 2 placement students from York University’s 4000-level Language in Context: Portuguese in the Greater TorontoArea,” with the Portuguese Canadian History Project (2016-2017)

Teaching assistant, HIST 1050, Life, Labour and Love: an Introduction to Social and Cultural History, Dept. of History, York University, September 2010 to April 2011 & September 2011 to April 2012


Academic conferences

  • Panel organizer and moderator, “Tipping the Iceberg – Lusophone Digital Holdings and Online Research in American and Canadian Archives, Libraries, and Museums,” Expressions of Lusofonia – International Conference, York University, October 26-28, 2018
  • Presenter, “‘Oh Famous Race! The Estado Novo‘s Imperial Propaganda and the Construction of Portuguese Diasporic Memory in North America,” Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of the Portuguese Studies Review, Trent University, October 27, 2017
  • Guest panelist, “Building Immigrant Community Archives from the Bottom Up: the Portuguese Canadian History Project’s case” (guest presenter), Canada India Symposium, York University, October 13, 2017
  • Guest panelist, “Archiving From Below: Preserving the Collective Memory of Canada’s Immigrant Communities,” Coptic Canadian History Project’s 1st Annual Conference, York University, April 6, 2017
  • Presenter, “The Blood of the Fallen: War Memory, Ethnic Nationalism, and the Portuguese American Veterans, 1950s-70s,” The Lusophone World in Progression: Historical Legacy, Transnationalism & Development in Globalized Contexts, Halifax, June 28 – July 1, 2015 (unable to attend)
  • Guest panelist, “Methodological Implications of ‘Borderless’ History” roundtable, New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University, Toronto, February 19, 2015
  • Presenter, “Migration Studies and Public Engagement,” Social Science History Association, Toronto, November 8, 2014
  • Presenter, “As the battle raged outside”: Portuguese exiles, homeland politics, and the exercise of Canadian citizenship, 1959-1966,” Social Science History Association, Toronto, November 8, 2014
  • Presenter, “Archiving From Below – the Portuguese Canadian History Project,” Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference, Winnipeg, June 15, 2013
  • Guest panelist, “Historians Doing Public History,” Public History and the University: a WorkshopDept. of History, York University & Avie Bennett Historica-Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History, Toronto, November 1, 2012
  • Presenter, “A Multicultural Hegemony? Building Ethnic Consensus Among Toronto’s Portuguese Community, 1960s-1980s”, Engagement in Multiculturalism and Transnational Space: Portuguese-Canadian Identities in Canada and in Portugal, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, July 10, 2012
  • Presenter, “The Age of Recoveries: Public Memory, Myth Making, and (Trans)national Propaganda in the Portuguese Immigrant Narrative of North America, 1950s-1970s”, Portugal in the Last Two Centuries, International Graduate Conference on Portuguese Modern and Contemporary History, ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, June 21-23, 2012
  • Panelist, “Democratizing the Production and Access to Historical Knowledge: the Online Exhibits of the Portuguese Canadian History Project”, Crossroads: Scholarship in an Uncertain World, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, May 28-30, 2012
  • Presenter, “Invisible Politics and the Measures of Participation: Toronto’s Portuguese constituency, 1950s-1990s,” Generations: Current Findings on the Acculturation and Integration of Portuguese Immigrants and their Descendants in North AmericaInstitute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Rhode Island College, October 14-15, 2011
  • Presenter, “A Past for the Future: Archiving the Portuguese Canadian Experience – the Portuguese Canadian History Project,” Luso-Canadians and their Descendants in Canada and in Portugal: Questions of Civic Engagement and Diversity Management, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, June 27, 2011
  • Presenter, “Anti-Fascist Pirates, Street Rioters, and Transnational Politics: Portuguese Political Exiles in Toronto – the Canadian Portuguese Democratic Committee (1959-1961),” New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University, Toronto, February 2011

Public lectures and roundtables

  • Symposium co-organizer and presenter, “Diversity in the Archives,” 6th Annual Public History Symposium, York University, Toronto, September 28, 2018
  • Guest panelist, “Coffee and Conversation,” Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Hamilton, July 21, 2018
  • Guest lecturer, “Passados com Futuro: Notas sobre a preservação e divulgação da história de imigração no Canadá,” Café & Cultura lecture series, Toronto, December 6, 2017
  • Panel organizer and speaker, “The Summer of ’77: How Emanuel Jaques’ Murder Changed Toronto” public roundtable, Community Conversation, in collaboration with York University’s Dept. of History, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies,, and the Gallery of Portuguese Pioneers, Toronto, June 22, 2017
  • Guest speaker, “Entre Margens e Memórias: Representações da Diáspora,” York University, Toronto, November 3, 2014
  • Guest speaker, “New Beginnings, Old Journeys: Multicultural, Generational and Revolutionary Transitions in Canada’s Portuguese Communities, 1970s,” Associação de Estudos da Mulher Migrante, Victoria College, University of Toronto, October 14, 2014
  • Guest speaker, “Invisible Politics and the Measures of Participation: Toronto’s Portuguese Constituency, 1950s-1990s,” MPP Jonah Schein’s riding office, February 26, 2014
  • Guest speaker, “Portuguese Canadian History Project – preserving the Collective Memory of Immigrants in Canada. Democratizing Access to Historical Knowledge,” History Speaker Series, Dept. of History, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, November 6, 2012

Workshops, Forums, and Symposiums

  • Urban Transformations Symposium (guest discussant), Wychwood Barns Community Association, Toronto, June 20-22, 2014
  • Museum of Toronto Vision Workshop (guest participant), Dialog Design, Toronto, June 2, 2014
  • Fórum Internacional dos Luso Talentos (guest participant), Observatório dos Luso-Descendentes and State Secretary of Portuguese Communities, Oporto, November 22-24, 2012
  • Borderlands and Transnationalism: New Perspectives on Immigration to Canada and the United States (guest participant), Glendon College, York University, Toronto, October 19-20, 2012


  • Co-President. Graduate History Student Association, York University, 2011-2012
  • Co-Founder. Núcleo de Estudantes de História (Undergraduate History Student Association), ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, 2003


  • Associate, Global Labour Research Centre, York University, 2017 to present
  • Member, Canadian Historical Association, 2012 to present
  • Member, Lusophone Studies Association, 2017 to present


Committee Member, Heritage Toronto plaques committee, 2017 to present

Jury, Heritage Toronto Awards, short publications, 2017-2018

Producer and Reporter, “Hora dos Portugueses” daily TV show, Rádio Televisão Portuguesa – Internacional (Portugal’s international public broadcaster), 2015-2017

  • Produced, researched and interviewed subjects, wrote scripts, translated, narrated, and edited content for 95 short (3-8 min) TV segments about Portuguese-Canadians in GTA, Ottawa, Southern Ontario, and Montreal

Freelance translator (Portuguese-English-Portuguese), November 2014


  • March 23, 2019: Interviewed for CBC Radio and stories about the City Builders exhibit at the Columbus Centre
  • November 12, 2018: Interviewed for an 8-minute feature on RTPi (Portugal’s international public TV broadcaster) about my City Builders project
  • June 22, 2017: Interviewed for CBC Radio and story about the murder of Emanuel Jaques and the “Summer of ’77” public roundtable discussion (story was “editor’s pick,” shared 8,500+ times on social media)
  • May 13, 2013: Guest on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway, CBC Radio, on the PCHP’s exhibit at City Hall “The Portuguese in Toronto, 1953-2013″
  • March 2, 2012: Interviewed by CityTV on the launch of the exhibit “St. Christopher House: a Neighbourhood History”
  • 2010-2018: Interviewed 43 other times by Portuguese national and international print/digital (2), radio (3), and TV (4) media outlets; Toronto’s Portuguese-language print/digital media (14), radio (5), and TV (10) media outlets; and other Canadian media outlets.


Tech savvy. Advanced skills in various digital history, course management, web development, audio and video editing, graphic design, spreadsheet, and word processor programs and platforms, including: arcGIS, Carto, izi.TRAVEL, Google Maps, Knight Lab products, Neatline, Omeka, Scalar, Moodle, WordPress, Photoshop, Audacity, iMovies, Aegisub, Google Fusion


  • English: native speaker proficiency
  • Portuguese: native speaker
  • Spanish: limited working proficiency


Dr. Craig Heron, Dept. of History, York University
Dr. Dominique Marshall, Dept. of History, Carleton University
Dr. Bruce Elliot, Dept. of History, Carleton University
Dr. Roberto Perin, Dept. of History, Glendon College, York University
Dr. Adrian Shubert, Dept. of History, York University
Dr. William Jenkins, Dept. of History, York University
Dr. Jonathan Edmondson, Chair, Dept. of History, York University
Dr. Marcel Martel, Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History, York University
Dr. Franca Iacovetta, Dept. of History, University of Toronto – Scarborough
Dr. Manuela Marujo, Associate Chair, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
Dr. Maria Fátima Sá, Dept. of History, ISCTE-IUL
Dr. Ângela Barreto Xavier, Dept. of History, ISCTE-IUL
Dr. Ana Mouta Faria, Dept. of History, ISCTE-IUL

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(Last updated January 15, 2019)