I am a Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, where I teach Canadian, food, and business history. Much of my current research is featured at manitobafoodhistory.ca, where you’ll find the Food History Truck, upcoming events, and The Pantry (which holds Story Maps and the project’s podcast series, Preserves).
I am the author of four peer-reviewed books:
Snacks: A Canadian Food History, published by University of Manitoba Press.
Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba (part of the Canadian Social History Series), published by University of Toronto Press.
Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Necessary Idealism: A History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, published by Canadian Mennonite University Press.
Other publications of mine include:
“The Narrative Turn, Corporate Storytelling, and Oral History: Canada’s Petroleum Oral History Project and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action No. 92.” Enterprise & Society 20, 1 (March 2019): 60-73, https://doi.org/10.1017/eso.2018.108.
“John Braun and the Radical Mennonite Union.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 37 (2019): 119-32.
“Religious Borderlands and Transnational Networks: The North American Mennonite Student Press in the 1960s.” Chapter in Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada, ed. Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund (Gainesville FL: University Press of Florida, 2015), 181-206.
“Winnipeg’s Palliser Furniture in the Context of Mennonite Views on Industrial Relations, 1974-1996.” Chapter in Prairie Metropolis: New Essays on Winnipeg Social History, Esyllt W. Jones and Gerald Friesen, eds. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2009), 200-222. Recipient of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2010.
“‘It’s a hard thing to talk about’: ‘Fringe’ Mennonite Religious Beliefs and Experiences.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 33 (2015): 189-209.
“From Faith to Food: Using Oral History to Study Corporate Mythology at Canadian Manufacturing Firms.” Oral History 42 no. 2 (Spring 2014): 59-72.
“Education for Identity: A Half Century History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale Special Issue on Education (2012): 1-19.
“Communism and Labor Unions: The Changing Perspectives of Mennonites in Canada and the United States.” Direction 38 no. 1 (Spring 2009): 17-28.
“Yielded to Christ or Conformed to this World? Postwar Mennonite Responses to Labour Activism.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 36 no.2 (2007): 317-338.
“Work in Mennonite Theological Perspective.” Canadian Society of Church History Historical Papers (2004): 5-14.
“Mennonite Business in Town and City.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 73 no. 3 (July 1999): 585-600.
“Mennonite Business and Labour Relations: Friesens Corporation of Altona, Manitoba, 1933-1973.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 16 (1998): 181-202.