Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies (IAMS) encourages research, publishing, and community education on topics in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, culture, and thought. It does this primarily through collaborative publishing ventures, and hosting special events, such as seminars and conferences. The institute also oversees the teaching program in Mennonite Studies.

The institute is interested in all dimensions of Mennonite thought and culture, with emphasis on Anabaptist studies, the Canadian experience of Swiss/Pennsylvania German and Dutch/Russian Mennonites, Mennonites of new ethnicities, and global Mennonitism. Learn more about the Mennonites.

Mennonites at an auction.

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies organizes and hosts this annual lecture series.

J. Winfield Fretz Endowment in Mennonite Studies

This Endowment supports the following activity: an occasional Fellowship for a visiting scholar; special projects and events initiated by the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies; teaching in Anabaptist and Mennonite studies at Conrad Grebel.

Student Awards and Scholarships

Several awards are available for students interested in Mennonite Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Learn more

Mennonite Heritage Week

In 2019, the Canadian Parliament declared the second week in September to be Mennonite Heritage Week. This newly designated occasion offers Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo an opportunity to share about Mennonite history, beliefs, and culture. Read more


Upcoming Events

Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place

Virtual Preview
May 13, 2021

May 13-15, 2022

IAMS Book Series

Eby Gorden Christian coverThe Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies occasionally sponsors publications that reflect its mandate to encourage research in Anabaptist and Mennonite studies. Visit our book series webpage to see more.

Mennonite Studies

Mennonite Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study  which may be taken in conjunction with many existing programs in Faculty of Arts and other faculties. This program is designed to provide an overview of Anabaptist-Mennonite history, culture, thought and practice from the early 16th century to the present. Learn about the Mennonite Studies program.


For further information contact:

Marlene Epp,
Director of Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies