Campus: Waterloo
Office: CGR 2124

Marlene Epp’s primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of Mennonite history, the history of immigration and ethnicity in Canada, women’s and gender history, and the history of peace. 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 and Norway.

Epp’s doctoral dissertation was revised and published as Women without Men: Mennonite Refugees of the Second World War (University of Toronto Press, 2000). Her article, “Pioneers, Refugees, Exiles, and Transnationals: Gendering Diaspora in an Ethno Religious Context,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 12 (2001) won the Canadian Historical Association award for the best article in the CHA Journal for 2001. 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), which included her article, “The Semiotics of Zwieback: Feast and Famine in the Narratives of Mennonite Refugee Women.”

Current projects include a monograph on women, gender, and family in Canadian Mennonite history, accompanied by research into the history of midwives and healers in Canadian Mennonite communities. She is also co-editor of an in-progress collection of essays titled “Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History.”