Dr Kevin Brushett is a graduate of Queen's University and teaches in the fields of modern Canadian and American political, social, and diplomatic history. Dr Brushett's research focuses on the relationship between civil society organizations and the state in Canada in the latter half of the 20th century. He is currently finalizing a book on the Company of Young Canadians (The Uncomfortable Few: The Company of Young Canadians and the Politics of Youth 1965-1975). The CYC was a state-sponsored community development organization initiated by the Canadian government between 1965 and 1975. He has also commenced a project that examines the growth and performance of Canadian international development policies between 1965 and 1985 through the lens of the Canadian International Development Agency's Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Branch, which sponsored community development programs in the Global South between 1965 and 1985. Dr Brushett belongs to a number of research groups and organizations including the Political History Group, Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Network for Humanitarian History, the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, and the Interuniversity research group on the Quebec of the Sixties and its external relations (GRIQUERE).
Dr Brushett is currently chair of the Department of History.