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Aileen Friesen

Assistant Professor

Aileen Friesen
Contact Information




  • 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.

Media and Research Expert