Janis Thiessen

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Janis Thiessen
Associate Professor


  • Canada
  • Business
  • 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 an Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg. She recieved a BSc and BEd from the University of Manitoba and spent 15 years teaching high school while simultaneously completing an MA in History at the U of M. 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, business, and religion, as well as food history and oral history. She has published two books titled Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba and Not Talking Union: An Oral History of North American Mennonites and Labour.

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Celebrating Indigenous Summer Scholars

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Manitoba Food History project trucking along remotely

Since they began working remotely, the Oral History Centre (which provides consultation, training and support for oral history projects) has...

Manitoba Food History Project stretches from Altona to Churchill

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