Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

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Professor Emerita
Nineteenth-century religious history, North America


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PhD, University of Western Ontario. 1987 


1985-2009 Joint appointment History and Theology. Continued as Professor, Department of History, Queen's University, until 1 July, 2011.

She is currently working on a history of spirituality and social change, examined through the lens of three generations of a Toronto family active in politics, foreign missions and global outreach.



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, Mark Noll et al. eds. (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), 73-89.

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

5. "Church and State in Canada" American Encyclopedia of Religion, Charles Lippy and Peter Williams eds. (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press 2010)

6. "Religion and Law in Canada, 1800-1867," Cambridge History of Religions in America, Vol.2 Stephen Stein ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012), 46-65.

7. "Religion as Lived Experience: new historiographical approaches in a secular society," in Christian Thought for the 21st century: Agenda for the Future, Tina Ruparell and Douglas Shantz eds. (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock 2012), 129-136.

8. "The formative religious and social influences of George Leslie Mackay's missionary work in Formosa," in Origins, Inheritance and Legacy of the Canadian Presbyterian Mission to Taiwan, ed. Clyde Forsberg  (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press 2012), 25-49.

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. "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. "Theological Education within a Secular Canada: Some Adaptive Challenges," International Journal of Learning. Vol. 14, No. 11, 1-15 (31,000 words)

4. "'What God hath joined...': Religious Perspectives on Marriage and Divorce in late Victorian Canada." Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 38:1 (2009): 5-26

5. "Practicing Medicine and Spiritualism in the 1860s: Sacred Encounters of Drs. Moses Colby and Susan Kilborn as 'Lived Religion.'" Histoire Sociale/Social History (December 2009): 447-478.

6. "Protestants, the liberal state and the practice of politics: revisiting R.J. Fleming and the 1890s Toronto Streetcar Controversy," Canadian Historical Association Journal (New Series 24, 2013).  In press.