Royden LoewenRoyden Loewen

Office: 3A36 Ashdown Hall
Phone: (204) 786-9391
Fax: (204) 774-4134

Professor, Mennonite Studies
Chair in Mennonite Studies
Director of Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies

B.A. (Hons.) University of Winnipeg
M.A. University of Manitoba
Ph.D. University of Manitoba

Biography (click for full bio)

Areas of Interest

  • Rural History;
  • History of the Mennonites;
  • Canada 19th and 20th Century;
  • U.S. 19th and 20th Century;
  • Immigration and Ethnicity


  • 2101: Mennonites Studies I
  • 2102: Mennonites Studies II
  • 2131: history of Peace/Nonviolence
  • 3108: Gender and Mennonites
  • 3111: Mennonites and Conflict
  • 3301: Mennonites and World Issues
  • 3541: Mennonites in Canada
  • 4535: Ethnicity in Canadian and American Societies

Selected Publications

Horse and Buggy Genius: Listening to Mennonites Contest the Modern World, University of Manitoba Press, 2016;

"Seeking Places of Peace: The Mennonites of North America: A Global History." With Steven Nolt. Volume 5: Global Mennonite History Project. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books and Kitchener, Ontario: Pandora Press, 2012;

Village Among Nations: 'Canadian' Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013

(with Gerald Friesen), Immigrants in Prairie Cities: A Century of Canadian Cultural Diversity (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Diaspora in the Countryside: Two Mennonite Communities and Mid Twentieth Century Rural Disjuncture (University of Toronto Press and University of Illinois Press, 2006).

Ethnic Farmers in Western Canada (booklet). Canadian Historical Association, 2002.

Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s. University of Manitoba Press, 2001.

From the Inside Out: the Worlds of Mennonite Diarists, 1863-1929. University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Family, Church and Market: Mennonites Communities in the Old and the New Worlds, 1850-1930. University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Blumenort: A Mennonite Community in Transition, 1874-1983 (Blumenort, Manitoba, 1983).

Hans WernerHans P. Werner

Office: 3A41 Ashdown Hall
Phone: (204) 786-9352
Fax: (204) 774-4134

Associate Professor, Mennonite Studies
Executive Director, D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Inc.
Co-director of Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies

B.Sc. (Eng.) University of Manitoba
B.A. (Hons.) University of Winnipeg
Ph.D. University of Manitoba

Biography (click for full bio)

Research Interests

  • Mennonite Immigrants: 1870s
  • Canadian Immigration History
  • Comparative Migration History

Selected Publications
(Peer reviewed)


  • The Constructed Mennonite: History, Memory and the Second World War, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2013)
  • Imagined Homes: Soviet German Immigrants in Two Cities, (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2007)

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

  • “Restoring the Commons: Land Deals and the Migration of Manitoba Mennonites to Mexico in the 1920s,” Journal of Agricultural History 87(4) (2013):452-472.
  •  “Siberia in the Mennonite Imagination, 1880-1914: Land, Weather, Markets,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 30 (2012): 157-170.
  •  “'German Only in Their Hearts:' Making and Breaking the Ethnic German Diaspora in the 20th Century,” in Alexander Freund, ed.. Beyond the Nation?: Immigrants' Local Lives in Transnational Cultures, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011)
  • “More than Just Business: An Historical Overview of  Jewish-Mennonite Relations in Winkler,” in Dan Stone and Annalee Greenberg, eds, Jewish Life and Times: A Collection of Essays, Vol. IX, 2009: 29-35. .
  • “‘One of our own’: Ethnicity Politics and the Medicalization of Childbirth in Manitoba,” Manitoba History 58 (June 2008): 2-10.
  • “‘A mild form of deviancy’: Premarital Sex among Early Manitoba Mennonites,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 26 (2008): 143-159.