Heidi MacDonald is an historian of twentieth-century Canada with specializations in Atlantic Canada, the Great Depression, women religious (nuns), and youth.
She has a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University, an M.A. from Saint Mary's University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. MacDonald has taught at the University of Lethbridge since 1999 and was chair of the Department of History from 2004 to 2009.
She is the past director of the University of Lethbridge's Centre for Oral History and Tradition.
Her current SSHRC-funded project, Women Religious in Atlantic Canada since 1960, is the first monograph to consider the intersection of women religious with feminism and the state in Atlantic Canada.
Her publications include articles in Histoire Sociale/Social History
; Acadiensis: Journal of the History of Atlantic Canada; Historical Studies
(Canadian Catholic Historical Association); and Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal
. She has also published many chapters in edited book collections as well as the co-authored monograph: Vatican II and Beyond: The Changing Mission and Identity of Canadian Women Religious
Dr. MacDonald is the associate editor of Historical Studies
(Canadian Catholic Historical Association) and has served on national adjudication committees, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Insight Grants committee and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Program committee.
She was awarded the Hilda Neatby Women's History Prize for the best Canadian article published in English in 2010.