Interim Dean of Conrad Grebel University College, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies, Director of Mennonite Studies.


Professor Marlene EppMy primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of Mennonite history, gender studies, the history of immigration and ethnicity in Canada, the history of food and culture, and the history of peace. I have published 2 books and additional articles, mainly on the history of women and gender in Mennonite communities. I have presented papers at conferences in Canada, the United States, Ukraine, Norway, Sweden and Russia. I recently co-edited (with Franca Iacovetta and Valerie Korinek) a collection of essays on food history, Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: An Exploration in Canadian Food History (University of Toronto Press, 2012). Ongoing research projects include analysis of Mennonite cookbooks and foodways, as well as research into the history of midwives and healers in Canadian Mennonite communities. I am also writing a booklet for the Canadian Historical Association on the history of refugees in Canada, and working on a second edition of my 2004 co-edited book, Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History


  • B.A. University of Manitoba, 1980
  • M.A. University of Waterloo, 1990
  • PhD University of Toronto, 1996

Research and teaching interests

  • Mennonite history
  • Gender studies
  • History of immigration and ethnicity in Canada
  • History of food and culture

Courses taught

  • ARTS 125 Who are the Mennonites?
  • HIST 224 Food, culture, and history
  • HIST 232 A history of peace movements
  • HIST 247 Mennonite history: A survey 
  • HIST 351 Canada: The immigrant experience
  • PACS 610 Contemporary Nonviolent Movements

Key areas of graduate supervision

  • Mennonite history
  • Food history
  • Immigration history
  • Peace history

Recent publications

  • Edible histories, cultural politics: Towards a Canadian food history. Co-edited with Franca Iacovetta and Valerie Korinek. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • Mennonites in Ontario: An introduction. Waterloo: Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, 1994, 2002, 2012.
  • Mennonite women in Canada: A history. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2008.
  • Sisters or strangers? Immigrant, ethnic, and racialized women in Canadian history. Chief editor, with Franca Iacovetta and Frances Swyripa. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.
  • Women without men: Mennonite refugees of the Second World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. Reprinted 2003.
  • “Catching babies and delivering the dead: Midwives and undertakers in Mennonite settlement communities.” In Myra Rutherdale, ed. Caregiving on the Periphery: Historical Perspectives on Nursing and Midwifery in Canada. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010, 61-83.
  •  “Sexual violence in War: Mennonite refugees during the Second World War.” In Stephen J. Rockel and Rick Halpern, eds. Inventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2009.
  •  “The semiotics of Zwieback: Feast and famine in the narratives of Mennonite refugee women.” In Marlene Epp, et al., eds. Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.
  • “Midwife-healers in Canadian Mennonite immigrant communities: Women who ‘made things right’.” Histoire Sociale / Social History 80 (November 2007): 323-44.

Awards and achievements

  • Winner of Best Article in Journal of the Canadian Historical Association,  for “Pioneers, Refugees, Exiles, and Transnationals: Gendering Diaspora in an Ethno-Religious Context”, 2001.

Professional affiliations

  • Member, Steering Committee, 16th Berkshire Conference on Women's History, University of Toronto, May 2014
  • Presenting Menno Simons Lectures at Bethel College, Kansas, October 2013
  • Editor of Canadian Historical Association's Canada's Ethnic Groups Booklets
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support

Contact information

University of Waterloo