Royden LoewenRoyden Loewen

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

Professor of History and 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).

Aileen FriesenAileen Friesen

Office: 2B16 Bryce
Phone: (204) 786-9352
Fax: (204) 774-4134

Assistant Professor of History and Mennonite Studies
Executive Director, Plett Foundation
Co-director of Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies


  • B.A. (Hons.) University of Manitoba
  • M.A. Carleton University
  • M.A. University of Alberta
  • Ph.D. University of Alberta


  • HIST-2102(3) Mennonite Studies II
  • HIST-2132(3) History of Peace & Nonviolence II

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Research Interests:

  • Mennonite history
  • European history
  • Migration

Selected Publications:

  • Colonizing Russia's Promised Land: Orthodoxy and Community on the Siberian Steppe (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press)
  • The Russian Mennonite Story: The Heritage Cruise Lectures by Paul Toews with Aileen Friesen (Centre for Transnational Mennonites Studies, 2018)
  • "Sowers of Hatred or Prosperity: Mennonites, Faith and Collective Agriculture in
  • Western Siberia." Journal of Mennonite Studies vol. 34, (2017): 287-302.
  • "An Expanding Christian Empire: Archpriest Ioann Vostorgov and Russian Orthodox
  • Missionary Aspirations in Asia." Canadian Slavonic Papers vol.57, nos.1-2 (2015): 56-75.
  • "Missionary Priests' Reports from Siberia." in Orthodox Christianity in Imperial
  • Russia. ed. Heather Coleman. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014): 289-305.
  • "The Case of a Siberian Sect: Mennonites and the Incomplete Transformation of
  • Russia's Religious Structure." Journal of Mennonite Studies vol. 30, (2012): 137-56.
  • "Assembling an Intervention: The Russian Government and the Mennonite Brethren
  • Schism of the 1860s." Journal of Mennonite Studies vol. 26, (2008): 221-37.