Robynne Rogers Healey, PhD

Professor of History; Chair, Department of History; Coordinator, Gender Studies

  • PhD History (Alberta)
  • MA (Alberta)
  • BA (Alberta)


Gender, The Atlantic World, Quaker Studies, War and Peace, and Canadian History

Awards & Honors

  • Trinity Western University Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Small Institution Grant and TWU Provost Research Grant for "The Quaker Open Access Digital Database: Families, Land, and Migration in British North America," (2016)
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Women (CASWE) Recognition Award (for the work of the Gender Studies Institute) (2012)
  • Paul Harris Fellow Rotary International (for exceptional service) (2010)
  • Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, Trinity Western University (2010)
  • Trinity Western University Small Institution Grant (2005, 2008)
  • Trinity Western University Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Grant with Holly Faith Nelson, Allyson Jule, and Alma Barranco-Mendoza (2008.

Notable Accomplishments and Experiences

  • History editor, Brill Research Perspectives (BRP) series in Quaker Studies
  • George Richardson Lecture at Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists/Quaker Studies Research Association Annual Meeting, 25 June 2016, Birmingham, UK: "Speaking from the Centre or the Margins? Conversations between Quaker and non-Quaker Historical Narratives."
  • Council Member, The Champlain Society, 2004- 2008.
  • Administrative Secretary, Canadian Society of Church History, 2004 - 2018.
  • Convener, Biennial Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, 2014 - current
  • President, Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui. 2009 - 2010

Recent Publications

  • "History of Quaker Faith and Practice: 1650-1827," in The Cambridge Companion to Quakerism, eds. Stephen w. Angell and Pink Dandelion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 13-30. 
  • "Quaker Studies, an Overview: The Current State of the Field" (Leiden: Brill Press, 2018). With C. Wess Daniels and Jon R. Kershner.
  • “Conflict between Friends: Southern African Quakers’ Critique of AFSC’s Approach to End Apartheid,” in Quakers, Politics and Economics: Quakers and the Disciplines, Volume 5, eds. David R. Ross and Michael T. Snarr (Philadelphia, PA: FAHE,2018), 235-260. 
  • “Canadian Quakers and the South African War,” in Empire from the Margins: Religious Minorities in Canada and the South African War, 1899-1902, ed. Gordon L. Heath (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017), 120-134.
  • "Quakers and World War One: Negotiating Individual Conscience and the Peace Testimony," in American Churches and the First World War, ed. Gordon L. Heath (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, forthcoming).
  • “From Apocalyptic Prophecy to Faithful Tolerability: George Whitehead and a Theology for the Eschaton Deferred,” in Early Quakers and Their Theology, eds. Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 273-292.
  • "Quakers and Mennonites and the Great War," in Canadian Churches and the First World War, ed. Gordon L. Heath (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 218-240.
  • “Quietist Quakerism, 1692 – ca. 1805,” in Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies, eds. Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 47-62.
  • “‘I am getting a considerable of a Canadian they tell me’: Connected Understandings in the Nineteenth Century Quaker Atlantic,” Quaker Studies, 15, no. 2(March 2011): 227-245.
  • “A Quaker Concern for Pre-WWII Germany: Kathleen Brookhouse Hertzberg’s ‘Report of Visit to Germany, 14 April 1938 – 18 January 1939’,” Canadian Quaker History Journal, 74 (2009): 1 - 32.
  • Suffering in Word and in Truth: Quaker Literature Seeks the Sublime,” Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory, eds. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn Szabo, and Jens Zimmermann (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010), 169 – 180.
  • “Elizabeth Lount Denounces John Beverly Robinson and the Family Compact,” York Pioneer (spring 2008): 45 – 60.
  • “Thirty-One Hours on Grindstone Island: The Canadian and American Friends Service Committees’ Experiment in Civil Defence,” Canadian Quaker History Journal 71(2006): 22-32.
  • “Wrestling with the Lesser Evil: Quakers and the Sons of Freedom in Mid-twentieth Century British Columbia,” in Historical Papers 2006: Canadian Society of Church History, 55-70.
  • From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community Among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006).
  • Shaping Research Frontiers: The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 1980-2005 (Edmonton: AHFMR, 2005)
  • "Building, Sustaining, and Reforming Quaker Community in Upper Canada: Informal Education and the Yonge Street Women Friends," Quaker History 94, 1(spring 2005): 1-23.
  • "Mr Hills temper unbearable think we had better part: The Diary of Sarah Welch Hill," in Kathryn Carter, ed., The Small Details of Life: Twenty Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830-1996 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 59-94.