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“If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected - those, precisely, who need the law's protection most! - and listens to their testimony."

– James Baldwin, No Name in the Street



Candidate, Master of Arts - History
University of Ottawa

  • Master of Arts thesis: Blue Laws Matter: Post-Jim Crow Policing as the Key to Mass Incarceration from 1964 to 1982 

  • Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, major in History and minor in Political Science.

  • Undergraduate thesis: The Confederacy Still Speaks: The Legal Protection of Monuments to the Southern Confederacy from Historic Preservation to Government Speech Doctrine, which focused on the nexus between the memory of the Southern Confederacy and the laws that protect Confederate monuments at the intersection of race and American Conservatism.

  • Founder and host of Pod Save our History, a bi-weekly public history podcast about the nexus between American legal history and African American history.

  • Jonathan identifies as gay, uses he/him pronouns, and is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights on a local and global scale. He has volunteered for several LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations. Jonathan is a survivor of the discredited and harmful practice of conversion/reparative therapy and a passionate advocate for their eradication.

  • Jonathan has appeared on CTV News, CBC News, QUB Radio, CHOI FM, CBC Radio Ottawa and in Voice of America, Le Soleil, Le Devoir, and the Ottawa Citizen.

  • Honours graduate from Dawson College in Montreal, Québec with a Diplôme d'études collégiale (D.E.C.) in the Social Sciences with a focus in Law, Society, and Justice.

  • D.E.C. Integrative project: The Landmark Supreme Court Cases of Trinity Western v. LSUC and LSBC v. Trinity Western, which explored the historic Supreme Court of Canada decision that refused the accreditation of a Faculty of Law that would have discriminated against prospective LGBTQ+ applicants on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Image by Giammarco Boscaro



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