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Ben Nobbs-Thiessen

Assistant Professor

Ben Nobbs-Thiessen
Contact Information

My Research


History and Mennonite Studies


  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • History
  • Religion
  • Mennonites

Areas of Expertise:

  • Agriculture
  • Bolivia
  • Environment
  • Latin America
  • Mennonites
  • Mexico
  • Migration
  • Settler-Colonialism
  • Transnational

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Dr. Ben Nobbs-Thiessen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies at The University of Winnipeg.

His research explores the movements of Mennonites and other migrant communities across the frontiers of the Americas, as these flows intersect with national revolutions, internal colonialism, and agro-environmental change.

Dr. Nobbs-Thiessen's first book examined how Indigenous Andeans, Mennonites, and Okinawans took part in Bolivia’s colonization of its lowland frontier, an initiative known as the “March to the East.” His new project looks at a century of Mennonite migrations between Mexico and Canada in relation to water scarcity, migrant labor, neoliberal reform, and illicit trade.

Media and Research Expert