Mary Okin received a doctorate in Canadian History with a concentration in Women’s Studies in 2008. In her doctoral dissertation, she explored the social construction of mental disorder in Quebec women during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Since 2008, she has been teaching as an Adjunct Faculty for the Women’s Studies, Franco-American Studies, History, and Sociology departments at the University of Maine. She has developed and taught courses on the French exploration and settlement of Maine, on the founding and evolution of the Acadian colony, on gender and the history of psychiatry and on masculinity/ masculinities in society. Mary also has a Masters degree in the counseling field and is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and has ten years experience working in the mental health field. Her research interests include French Canada, the history of the French in Maine, women’s history, the history of psychiatry, and gender construction in society.
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