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Queen's University

Robert Engen 

Ph.D. Candidate /Teaching Fellow
Canadian Military History

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext. 75720
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room E321


Ph.D., Queen's University (in progress)
M.A. History, Queen's University, 2008
B.A. (Honours) History, University of Calgary, 2006


ROBERT ENGEN was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is now in the fourth year of his PhD program at Queen's University. His Master's thesis investigated the combat experience and effectiveness of Canadian Army soldiers during the Second World War, and was completed in early 2008. This work was based upon a series of previously unexplored battle experience questionnaire documents. It has since been expanded into a manuscript and will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press in October 2009 under the title Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War.

Robert has worked for the Canadian Forces Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs at CFB Kingston, and held the 2013 Margaret Angus Research Fellowship at the Museum of Health Care in Kingston. His research interests include Canadian and military history, gender and sexuality, intellectual history, as well as public health, medicine, and the history of mental health.

Courses Taught

History 476 - Canada at War (2011-12)
History 476 - Canada at War (2012-13)
History 121 - Intellectual Origins of the Western World (2013-14)



Robert Engen, Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009).


"A Retrospective of the Gregg Centre's 2012 Sicily Battlefield Tour," Canadian Military History 22, no. 3 (Summer 2013).

"S.L.A. Marshall and the Ratio of Fire: History, Interpretation, and the Canadian Experience," Canadian Military History 20, no. 4 (Autumn 2011).

"Army Biography: Lt.-General Samuel Findlay Clark," Canadian Army Journal 11, no. 2 (Summer 2008).

"Killing for their Country: A New Look at 'Killolgy'," Canadian Military Journal 9, no. 2 (Summer 2008).

"Steel Against Fire: the Bayonet in the First World War," Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 8, no. 3 (Spring 2006).

"Book Review: Geoffrey Hayes, et al. (eds.), Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp," Canadian Military History (forthcoming 2013).

Media Articles

"Remembering a great Canadian battle," National Post, opinion piece, 10 July 2013. <>

"Operation HUSKY at Seventy," Kingston Whig-Standard, six-part weekly column running 6 July - 10 August 2013.

"The Lessons of Juno Beach," Kingston Whig-Standard, opinion piece, 6 June 2013. <>

"Dieppe: Ours to Reason Why," Kingston Whig-Standard, opinion piece, 18-19 August 2012. <>

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000