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Janis Thiessen


Janis Thiessen
Contact Information

My Research




  • Business
  • Canada
  • Food
  • History
  • Labour
  • Religion

Areas of Expertise:

  • Canadian Business History
  • Canadian Labour History
  • Food History
  • History of Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Business History
  • Manitoba Labour History
  • Mennonite History
  • Oral History

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. Janis Thiessen is Professor of History at The University of Winnipeg. She recieved a BSc and BEd from the University of Manitoba and then began a 15-year high school teaching career while completing an MA in History at UManitoba. She later went on to complete her PhD in History at the University of New Bruinswick.

Thiessen's areas of research interest include 20th century history of labour and business, food history, and oral history. She has written four books: Manufacturing Mennonites (UTP 2013), NOT Talking Union (MQUP 2016), Snacks (UMPress 2017), and Necessary Idealism (CMU Press 2018).

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