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Queen's University

Marguerite Van Die 

vandiemarguerite.jpg Professor
Nineteenth-century religious history, North America

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74356
Home: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 204


PhD, University of Western Ontario. 1987  


1985-2009 Joint appointment History and Theology. 

Dr. Van Die's research interests have been primarily in nineteenth-century religion, gender, and class. She is currently working on a study of religious and homosocial networks. Her most recent publication, Religion, Family and Community in Victorian Canada: the Colbys of Carrollcroft (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press 2005) examines the dynamic interaction between nineteenth-century society and a Methodist family in Stanstead, Quebec. Her other, overlapping, interest is in the area of religion and public life in Canada, about which she has organized several conferences and has edited a collection of essays.

Courses Taught





Principal fields for graduate supervision: religion and society in North America, 1800- present.



1. Marguerite Van Die, Religion, Family and Community in Victorian Canada: the Colbys of Carrollcroft (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press 2005), ) Short-listed 2007 Canadian Historical Society John A. Macdonald Prize

2. Marguerite Van Die, An Evangelical Mind: Nathanael Burwash and the Methodist Tradition in Canada, 1839-1917 (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989)

Books edited:

1. David Lyon and Marguerite Van Die, eds., Rethinking Church, State and Modernity: Canada Between Europe and the United States (University of Toronto Press, 2000)

2. Marguerite Van Die, ed., Religion and Public Life in Canada: Comparative and Historical Perspectives (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001)

3. Marguerite Van Die ed., From Heaven Down to Earth: a century of Chancellor's Lectures at Queen's Theological College(Kingston, ON: Queens's Theological College 1992)

Chapters in Books:

1. "'The Double Vision: Evangelical Piety as Derivative and Indigenous in Victorian English Canada," in Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America, the British Isles, and Beyond, 1700-1990(New York: Oxford University Press 1994): 253-274

2. "'A Woman's Awakening': Evangelical belief and Female Spirituality in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Canada," in Canadian Women: A Reader, eds. Wendy Mitchinson et al. (Toronto: Harcourt Brace & CO. 1996): 49-68.

3."'A March of Victory and Triumph in Praise of the Beauty of Holiness': Laity and the Evangelical Impulse in Canadian Methodism 1800-1884," in Aspects of the Canadian Evangelical Experience, G.A. Rawlyk ed. (Kingston/Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997), 22 pp.

4. "Revisiting 'Separate Spheres': women, family and religion in Brantford, Ontario," in Nancy Christie ed., Households of Faith: Religion, Gender and Community in Canada (Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), 234-263.

5. "Methodism in Canada as a Public and Private Religion," Canadian Methodist Historical Society Papers 2002-4 volume 14 (2006): 36-48.

6. " Religion as Lived Experience: new historiographical approaches in a secular society," in Christian Thought for the 21st century: Agenda for the Future, eds. Tina Ruparell and Douglas Shantz (University of Calgary Press, forthcoming 2009)

Papers in Refereed Journals:

1. "'The Marks of a Genuine Revival': Religion, Social Change, Gender and Community in Mid-Victorian Brantford, Ontario," Canadian Historical Review 79: 3 (1998): 524-563.

2. Marguerite Van Die, "The Christian Businessman in Victorian Canada: a case study," Canadian Historical Association Journal(New Series 10, 1999), pp. 103-127. Republished in J.I. Little ed., The Other Quebec: Microhistorical Essays on Nineteenth-Century Religion and Society (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006

3. Marguerite Van Die, "Theological Education within a secular Canada: Some Adaptive Challenges," International Journal of Learning 14:11 (2008): 1-12

4. Marguerite Van Die, " 'What God hath joined...': Religious Perspectives on Marriage and Divorce in late Victorian Canada." Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses. forthcoming

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