Research & Scholarship


B.A., M.A., Ph.D History (Alberta).

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.


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