Assistant Professor of History
Seventeenth Century Intellectual History
Phone: 613-533-2150, ext: 74379
Office: Watson Hall 302
B.Th. (Tyndale College); B.A. (Hon.), M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
Richard Bailey received his doctoral degree under the supervision of Professor John F.H. New at the University of Waterloo. Interest in the history of intolerance and persecution has resulted in a broadening of research focus in recent years to include the history of religious dissent with special interest in medieval heretical and pre-modern utopian movements. He was a post doctoral fellow at Queen's University (1992-1994) and taught at Bishop's University before returning to Queen's in 2000. He has taught Spring and Summer courses at Nipissing University, was a distinguished Visitor at the University of Calgary in the summer of 1992, and has been nominated for teaching awards at Queen's on a number of occasions.
Dr. Bailey is a member of learned societies in Canada, the United States, England and France. He has published a number of articles and book reviews in Reformation and Quaker history for leading academic journals and conference proceedings. His book New Light on George Fox and Early Quakerism (1992) was the first of a projected trilogy revising current and traditional views about early Quaker Christology (with volume two being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Background research for this project included extensive research into the concept of immateriality in western and eastern thought. A short biographical sketch of Dr. Bailey's great-grandfather, the Church of England Bishop George Holmes of Athabasca, appeared in vol. XIV of the Canadian Dictionary of Biography. He established the Bishop Holmes's archives at the Anglican Church of Canada's central archival repository in Toronto. Dr. Bailey has a deep and abiding interest in the life and times of Bishop Holmes on the Canadian North-West frontier. Throughout his entire graduate career he worked under the supervision of Professor Palmer Patterson to develop fields in Canadian Aboriginal history with specific focus on the Canadian North-West. Projected is a published volume of Bishop Holmes's correspondence (1884-1912). Dr. Bailey has spoken publically at interfaith meetings and genealogical societies.