Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Expressions of gender and sexuality in medieval western Europe.
  • How visual and material culture reflect and impact social and cultural history.


2019-2020University of Guelph, Master of Arts in History (in progress)
2015-2019University of Toronto, Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, majors in History and Art History, minor in History of Religions


Mara-McKay, Nico. “Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment.” Prandium: The Journal of Historical Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga 7:1 (2008).

For nonacademic publications, see Select Publication History.

Honours and Awards


2020Hannah Studentship, Associated Medical Services and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine
2020Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019-2020Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019-2020University Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph


2019Dean’s Graduation Award, University of Toronto
2019Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2019Award for Outstanding Performance in Visual Studies, University of Toronto
2018Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2018Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto
2018 UTM Experiential Learning Bursary, University of Toronto
2017Best Exhibition Proposal in Curatorial Studies Award, Sheridan College
2017University of Toronto Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities
2017Marjorie E. Simonds Travel Award, University of Toronto
2016History Emeriti Award, Historical Studies, University of Toronto
2016Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2016Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto
2015Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2015Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto


2018Teaching Assistant Award, Historical Studies, University of Toronto
2013Writer’s Grant, Toronto Arts Council


Papers Presented

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Patient Women: Surgical Instruments in the Treatment of Medieval Women’s Diseases.” Presented at the Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress 2020, Western University, London, 1-3 June 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Private Devotion: The Materiality of a Sixteenth Century Printed Books of Hours.” Presented at the History Across the Disciplines, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 20-22 March 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Witchcraft Pamphlets at the Dawn of the Scottish Enlightenment.” Presented at the Tri-University Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, 14 March 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Sympathy for the Pittenweem Witch.” Paper presented at the Honouring International Women’s Day Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, 6 March 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Early Modern English Witch Bottles and the Logic of Counteractive Magic.” Paper presented at the Experience and Expression in the Renaissance: Exploring Early Modern Media Conference by the Association of Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 15 March 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment.” Paper presented at the Second Annual Prandium Conference, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, 19 March 2018.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Katherina Hetzeldorfer and the Consequences of a Woman Living as a Heterosexual Man in Fifteenth-Century Germany.” Paper presented at Revealing the Renaissance: (De)constructing Early Modern Identities, Fourth Annual Conference by the Association of Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 16 March 2018.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “The Materiality of Meret Oppenheim’s Surrealist Objects.” Paper presented at Back to Basics: Materials and Process, the Third Annual History of Art Undergraduate Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 17 March 2017.


Mara-McKay, Nico with Melissa McAffee, Susannah Ferreira, Kathryn Comper, Rosalie Engles, Brittany Payer and Richard Griffin. “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.” Library Forum, University of Guelph, 3 December 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico and Konrad Boeschenstein. “Witch Pee and Costly Codices: Undergraduate Research Opportunities at U of T.” Toronto District School Board, Department of History, Unviersity of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2 May 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “The Future of (Chaos) Magick.” Talk presented at Flambeau Noir, Ottawa, ON, 30 April 2017.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “The History of Tarot Visuals.” Talk presented at First Thursdays: Be Magik, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 3 November 2016.

Nonacademic Panels

Mara-McKay, Nico with Salako Kalfou and April Snellings, moderated by Alison Lang. “Witch, Please: Myth versus Reality.” Panel presented at Dark Carnival, Hamilton, ON, 10 July 2016.

Mara-McKay, Nico with Lynx Sainte Marie, Clementine Morrigan, Jenna Danchuk, and Amrit Brar, hosted by Jonathan Valelly. “Magick and the Occult in the Independent Arts.” Panel presented at Canzine, Toronto, ON, 17 October 2015.


Mulé, Nick and Queer Ontario, with Nico Mara-McKay. Queer Liberation Theory. The ArQuives’ Digital Exhibition, launched October 2019.

Interstice Collective (Mara-McKay, Nico, with Brendan Bradley, Natalie Chan, Anran Guo, Nada Hafez, John Ryan Manahan, Aaliyah Mitchell Harris, and Abby Nowak). Between, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, ON, 4-14 April 2018.

Media Appearance

“Medieval Manuscripts in the Classroom.” Interview on CTV Kitchener Evening News, 5 February 2020.

Teaching Experience

Winter 2020Graduate Teaching Assistant for Marc-Andre Gagnon, Science and Technology in a Global Context, University of Guelph
Fall 2019Graduate Teaching Assistant for Peter Goddard, Early Modern Europe, University of Guelph
Fall 2017Teaching Assistant for Christopher Petrakos, Happiness, University of Toronto Mississauga

Research Experience

2019Graduate Assistant for Nick Mulé, School of Social Work, York University
Creation of a digital exhibition, Queer Liberation Theory Project, featuring forty interviews with queer academics, artists, and activists within the queer liberation movement for the ArQuives and Queer Ontario.
2016-2019Research Assistant for Dr. Evonne Levy, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
Work on the History of Art History in Canada Project (1933-2018), including gathering and interpreting data, working on the website, keeping detailed and accurate records, and working collaboratively with shared files.
2018-2019Internship, ArQuives (previously the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives)
Designed, researched, and developed a digital exhibition, Genderqueer in Canada, on nonbinary identities in Canada to be hosted on The ArQuives’ website.

Extracurricular University Service

2019-2020General Director (elected), History, Graduate Student Association, University of Guelph
2018-2019 Secretary (elected executive), Historical Studies Society, University of Toronto Mississauga
2017-2018Marketing Director (elected executive), Historical Studies Society, University of Toronto Mississauga
2017-2019Volunteer Note Taker, AccessAbility Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
2016-2017Volunteer Coordinator (elected executive), OUT @ University of Toronto Mississauga

Nonacademic Work

2019-PresentCopy Editor, Broken Pencil Magazine

Professional Associations

Canadian Society of Medievalists, Member (2019-Present)

Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, Member (2019-Present)

Medieval Academy of America, Member (2019-Present)

Renaissance Society of America, Member (2019-Present)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Member (2018-Present)


English (reading, writing, oral)

French (reading, oral)

German (reading)

Latin (reading)