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John Osborne is an historian who specializes in the material culture of the European Middle Ages, with a special focus on the city of Rome. He taught at the University of Victoria (1979-2001) and Queen’s University (2001-2005), before serving as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University (2005-2015), where he remains a research professor. A secondary passion is the history of nineteenth-century Canada, first developed when he undertook research for National Historic Parks and Sites over the course of three summer internships in the mid-1970s. A monograph on the Québec photographers Charles and John Smeaton is currently in preparation.