Ben Nobbs-ThiessenBiography of Ben Nobbs-Thiessen

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Ben Nobbs-Thiessen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and Assistant Professor of History. He is editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies and Director of the Mennonite History Graduate Fellowship Program. He is Co-director of Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies. Ben was previously a research associate in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University (2016-18) and a teaching fellow in the Roots of Contemporary Issues program at Washington State University (2018-2020).

Ben’s research explores the movements of Mennonites and other migrant communities across the frontiers of the Americas as these flows intersect with national revolutions, internal colonialism, and agro-environmental change. It has involved archives, fieldwork, and oral histories in Bolivia, Paraguay, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Ben’s first book, Landscape of Migration, examines how Indigenous Andeans, Mennonites, and Okinawans took part in Bolivia’s colonization of its lowland frontier, an initiative known as the “March to the East.” His new project looks at a century of Mennonite migrations between Mexico and Canada in relation to water scarcity, migrant labor, neoliberal reform, and illicit trade.



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