Robert Burkinshaw

Robert Burkinshaw

Position:Professor of History; Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Director, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanties.

Degrees: B.A. (British Columbia). M.A. (Waterloo); Ph.D (British Columbia).

Areas of expertise: religion in Canada; evangelicalism in British Columbia; evangelicalism and post-secondary education in North America; first nations Pentecostalism in British Columbia.

Selected publications:

  • Pilgrims in Lotus Land:  Conservative Protestantism in British Columbia, 1917-1981 (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995), 353 pages. 
  • "The Funding of Evangelical Higher Education in the United States and Canada in the post-war period," in More Money, More Ministry: Money and Evangelicals in Recent North American History, ed. Mark Noll and Larry Eskridge (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2000): 272-97.
  • "Evangelical Bible Colleges in Twentieth Century Canada," in Aspects of the Canadian Evangelical Experience, ed. George Rawlyk (Montreal & Kingston:  McGill- Queen's University Press, 1997): 369-84.
  • "Conservative Evangelicalism in the Twentieth-Century 'West':  British Columbia and  the United States," George Rawlyk and Mark A. Noll, eds., Amazing Grace: Studies on Evangelicalism in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and Beyond (Kingston & Montreal & Grand Rapids, Mich.:  McGill-Queens Press & Baker Books, 1994.): 317-48.
  • "The Double Paradox:  Evangelicalism in 20th Century British Columbia," Journal of  the Canadian Church Historical Society , XXXVIII, 1 (April 1996):  77-100.
  • "Pentecostalism and Fundamentalism in British Columbia:  1921-1927," Fides et Historia:  Journal of  the Conference on Faith and History, XXIV:1 (Winter/Spring  1992): 68-80.
  • "Conservative Protestantism and the Modernist Challenge in Vancouver, 1917-1927," BC Studies 85 (Spring 1990): 24-42.

Notable accomplishments and experiences:

  • President, Canadian Society of Church History, 1995
  • Chair, Academic Review Board for Canada: Portraits of Faith, Michael Clarke, ed., (Chilliwack: Reel to Reel, 1998)
  • Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, TWU, 1999
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Education, TWU, 1997 - 1999
  • Chair, Department of History and Political Science, TWU, 1989 - 99

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