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First Name
Brooke Kathleen
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Canadian history, Western Canada, Alberta, religion, history of religion, Canadian religious history, Mormonism, new religious movements, architecture and art, library and information science
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About Me

My name is Brooke Kathleen Brassard and I officially exited academia in January 2021. Currently, I am the Associate Director, Communications & Digital Media for an IB Continuum school in southern Ontario. Previously, I taught courses in Religious Studies at McMaster University and courses in Religious Studies, Canadian Studies, and the Arts First Program at University of Waterloo.

I received my B.A. in History in Art, with a minor in Religious Studies, in 2010 and my M.A. in History in Art in 2012 from the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). I received my Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Religious Diversity in North America) from the University of Waterloo in 2018 and my M.L.I.S. from the University of Western Ontario in 2022. My current academic book project, based on my dissertation, is titled Thirsty Land into Springs of Water: Negotiating a Place in Canada as Latter-day Saints, 1887-1947 (University of Toronto Press, June 2023).

Recent Publications

“Proselytizing, Building, and Leading: Latter-day Saint Missionaries Negotiating a Place in Canada for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1890-1939,” Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses. (Published online November 2020).

“The Last Best West: The Politics of Cooperation among Latter-day Saints in Southern Alberta.” In Business and Religion: The Intersection of Faith and Finance, edited by Matthew C. Godfrey and Michael Hubbard MacKay, 113-148. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press and Religious Studies Center, 2019.

“Vines, Gates, and Temples: Using Cemeteries to Understand Mormonism in Canada,” Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada / Le Journal de la Société pour l’étude de l’architecture au Canada 43 no. 1 (July 2018): 65-73.

“Prairie Style in the Prairie: An Architectural Journey Through Mormon History in Southern Alberta,” Journal of Mormon History 42 no. 2 (April 2016): 139-167.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Family, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Pedagogy, Religion, Rural & Agrarian History, Women