Aileen Friesen

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Aileen Friesen
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Aileen Friesen
Assistant Professor


  • History
Areas of Expertise:
  • Eastern European History
  • History of Migration
  • Mennonite History
  • Russian History
Languages Spoken:
  • English
Available To:
  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

Aileen Friesen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at The University of Winnipeg, the Executive Director of the Plett Foundation, and the Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies.

She is also the editor of Preservings, an annual publication of the foundation. Her research interests include the history of Mennonites, especially their experiences in the Russian Empire/the Soviet Union; modern European history; and the history of migration in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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KGB files offer information on missing Mennonites

UWinnipeg's Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies cracks open KGB files to help find missing Mennonites from the 1930 and 40s. The post KGB...

UWinnipeg launches the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies

To celebrate the opening CTMS presents its Inaugural lecture by UWinnipeg’s Plett Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Aileen Friesen on Thursday,...