Marlene Epp

Dean, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies, Director of Mennonite Studies

Marlene Epp Marlene Epp completed her BA at the University of Manitoba, her MA at the University of Waterloo and received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1996. Her primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of Mennonite history, gender studies, the history of immigration and ethnicity in Canada, and the history of peace.

Contact:
519-885-0220
ext. 24257
mgepp@uwaterloo.ca
Office: CGUC 2124

She has published numerous articles, especially on the history of women and gender in Mennonite communities and presented papers at conferences in Canada, the United States, Ukraine, Norway, and Sweden. Epp's doctoral dissertation was revised and published as Women without Men: Mennonite Refugees of the Second World War (University of Toronto Press, 2000). She was chief editor (with Franca Iacovetta and Frances Swyripa) of the essay collection, Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History (University of Toronto Press, 2004). Her most recent publication is a monograph on women, gender, and family in Canadian Mennonite history, titled Mennonite Women in Canada: A History (University of Manitoba Press, 2008). She is currently co-editing (with Franca Iacovetta and Valerie Korinek) a collection of essays on food history, tentatively titled Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: An Exploration in Canadian Food History. Epp is also author of a popular booklet on Mennonites in Ontario (Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, 2002). Ongoing research projects include analysis of Mennonite cookbooks and food ways, as well as research into the history of midwives and healers in Canadian Mennonite communities.

Education

BA, University of Manitoba, 1980
MA, University of Waterloo, 1990
PhD, University of Toronto, 1996

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Research areas

Mennonite history; gender studies; the history of immigration and ethnicity in Canada; the history of food and culture.

Courses taught

  • HIST 247 - Mennonite History: A Survey
  • HIST 351 - Canada: The Immigrant Experience
  • HIST 224 - Food, Culture & History
  • PACS 203/HIST 232 - A History of Peace Movements
  • PACS 321/WS 331 - Gender in War & Peace

Selected publications

  • Mennonite Women in Canada: A History. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2008, 378 pp.
  • 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.

Selected activities

  • Co-editing collection of essays, Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food
  • History, forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.
  • Editor of Canadian Historical Association's Canada's Ethnic Groups Booklets.
  • Program Committee, Canadian Historical Association meeting at SSHRC Congress 2012.
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support.
  • Presented paper, "Preachers, Prophets, and Missionaries: The dichotomous religious lives of Mennonite women in Canada," Canadian Society for Church History, SSHRC Congress, 24 May 2009.
  • Presented paper, “Memories of Sauerkraut and Zwieback: Foodways in the Mennonite Diaspora,” to Canadian Historical Association, SSHRC Congress, 27 May 2009.
  • Doing various speaking engagements on Mennonite Women in Canada: A History. University of Manitoba Press, 2008.
  • Convocation speaker, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate graduation, 27 June 2009.
  • Presenting John & Margaret Friesen Lectures in Anabaptist Mennonite Studies at Canadian Mennonite University, November, 2009.
  • Appointed Editor of Canadian Historical Association's Canada's Ethnic Groups Booklets.

Fellowships and awards

  • 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.

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Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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