Andréanne LeBrun

Study program:
Doctorate in History
Current affiliation:
Université de Sherbrooke

Andréanne LeBrun (history, Université de Sherbrooke) is studying the effects of various models of citizenship and political engagement taught in Quebec schools in the 20th century.

Doctoral research

School, youth and citizenship: Public secondary school and the education of citizens in Quebec (1943-1985)

My doctoral proposal will explore the different conceptions of citizenship offered to youth in public high schools between 1943 and 1985 in Quebec. I will compare official school messages with the events that helped redefine citizenship and youth in the second half of the 20th century: Cold War, Vietnam War and peaceful demonstrations, May 68, feminist movement in the late 60s, spread of neo-liberalism, rise of separatism, etc. My work will reveal the paradoxes in the principles of political equality, freedom and democracy that informed the successive citizenship models presented to students. On the social level, this historical examination may enrich the public debate on citizenship education and the political involvement of youth.

Originally from the charming region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue in Quebec, Andréanne LeBrun has been heavily influenced by the example of her parents, who dedicate countless hours to their community by getting involved with the youth.

After college studies in the humanities, Andréanne enrolled in a BA in secondary school teaching at the Université de Sherbrooke and earned the highest distinction in her program. At the same time, she was playing on the university’s Vert et Or volleyball team. In her teaching internships, she fell in love with the profession and, along the way, discovered the joy of research. She is also dedicated to the rehabilitation of the built heritage of Rouyn-Noranda, her home town. Her research inspired her to write an article that won first prize in the Cap-aux-Diamants magazine writing competition.

Andréanne wanted to pursue her reflections on the educational system and decided to do a master’s degree. For her, it was an opportunity to get involved in spreading the word about history both inside and outside the university walls. For example, she directed the Revue d’histoire de l’Université de Sherbrooke and took part in an oral history project on the Boscoville re-education centre for delinquent youth.

Andréanne then began her doctoral studies with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Specializing in 19th and 20th century Canadian history, her particular areas of professional interest are the history of education and youth, the issues of citizenship and teaching the humanities. Her travels to North Africa, Asia and Europe have fed her reflections on how to view social organization and especially the relationship between school and society. For this history enthusiast, history should be lived and shared. Curiosity, critical thinking and a love of hard work are values that are deeply rooted in her teaching, both in high school and as a university lecturer. Because she is convinced of the essential role of education for society, she hopes that her intellectual and social engagement will help re-invent the nature of educational institutions.