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PhD Candidate (ABD), History
tel: 613-533-6000, ext: 74351
email: robert.dennis@queensu.ca

Robert Dennis is currently finishing his PhD (ABD) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. An intellectual and religious historian, his doctoral dissertation examines how transatlantic developments in Catholic social thought influenced the formation of social Catholicism in English Canada during the Depression and Second World War years. He is particularly interested in how Catholic intellectuals across the country engaged normative assumptions in classic liberalism and social democracy, reframing them, often with great radicalism, within frameworks of neo-Thomist/personalist and distributist philosophies. This project aims to situate the experience of the Canadian Church within the broader context European Catholicism and international Catholic social thought as the Church restructures in the decades before the Second Vatican Council.

With previous post-graduate degrees from the University of New Brunswick (History) and the Memorial University of Newfoundland (History), Dennis is currently the Vice-President, Canadian Catholic Historical Association (CCHA), and is the representative of the CCHA within the partnership.

Select Publications

  • Dennis, Robert. (2009). “Forever Proud? From Public to Private Space: The Montreal Canadiens’ Transition from the Forum to the Molson Centre.” In Andrew Holman (eds.), Canada’s Game? Critical Perspectives on Hockey and Identity. (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press).
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