Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

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Adjunct Professor at Queen's University
SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Royal Military College of Canada
Canadian Military History, Medical History

Office: Cavalry House, Royal Military College of Canada (office hours by appointment)


PhD, Queen's University, 2014
MA, Queen's University, 2008
BA Honours, University of Calgary, 2006


Dr. Robert Engen is an adjunct professor in the Queen's department of history. He has taught and published widely in the field of Canadian military history, specifically on the topics of combat motivation, soldiers' behaviour in battle, and the Canadian Army during the two world wars. His first book,Canadians Under Fire, was based upon his Master's thesis completed at Queen's, and he has now completed two other books that are in various stages of the publication process. He is also involved in an online/blended learning course redesign initiative through the Queen's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Engen is also the holder of a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Royal Military College of Canada (2014-16) where he will be undertaking a major comparative study of public health and preventive medical practices in the Commonwealth armies of the Second World War. He also writes extensively for the media and is a guest curator at the Museum of Health Care in Kingston.

Courses Previously Taught - Queen's University

History 121: Intellectual Origins of the Western World, 2013-14
History 476: Canadian Military History, 2012-12
History 476: Canadian Military History, 2011-12

Select Publications


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

(forthcoming)The Canadian Soldier: Combat Motivation in the Second World War, 1943-1945.

Journal Articles

"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 Journal11, no. 2 (Summer 2008).

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

Media Appearances and Writing

"From Gaza to Baghdad to Kiev, we're still fighting World War I," National Post, opinion piece, 5 August 2014.

"Some forgotten truths about the Great War," Postmedia website, 5 June 2014.

"The Olympic ideal can be a mirage," Ottawa Citizen, Opinion Piece, 12 March 2014. 9606450/story.html

CBC Radio One, "Ontario Morning," live radio interview, 27 February 2014.

"A close look at disease and the battlefield," Kingston Whig-Standard, interview, 21 Feb 2014.

"Remembering the Dieppe Raid," CKWS Television, taped interview, 8 November 2013.

"Conquering the deadliest enemy," Kingston Whig-Standard, Opinion Piece, 16 Sept. 2013.

"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 to 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.

"Remembering Vimy Ridge," CKWS Television, taped interview, 9 April 2012.

Past and Present Positions

Senior Researcher, Hill 70 Memorial Project, 2014 (current).

Guest Curator, Museum of Health Care at Kingston, for the exhibit "Half the Battle: Public Health and the Military," opened February 2014 (current).

Margaret Angus Research Fellow, Museum of Health Care at Kingston, 2013. Producer, SSHRC Imagining Canada's Future - Queen's University video project, 2013.

Co-President, Graduate History Students Association, Queen's University, 2009-10.

Internship, Canadian Forces Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs, CFB Kingston, 2008.