Brian Gobbett, PhD

Associate Vice President (Academic)Associate Professor of History


Faculty of Arts and Science


BA, Teacher's Certification (UBC)
MA, PhD (Alberta)

Areas of Specialization

History (History of science, Religion and science in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, First Nations issues, History of Anthropology in North America)


Brian and Heather have three young and active (but lovely!) children, Matthew, Rielle, and Luke. They attend and are actively involved at St. Aidan Anglican Church in Moose Jaw.

Notable Publications

In addition to several articles and numerous academic reviews, Dr. Gobbett is the co-author of Introducing Canada: An Annotated Bibliography of Canadian History in English (1998), a volume that received the 1999 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. As well, since 2005, he has been one of the co-editors of the Canadian Society of Church History Historical Papers. At present, Brian is in the final stages of a book manuscript that examines the intellectual and cultural history of Canadian anthropology ca 1850-1940.


  • Bridgeway Foundation Grant (2006). This grant funded a twelve month study entitled "Revisioning Relationships: Theological Education and First Nations in Dialogue". Co-applicants: Dwayne Uglem and Wes Olmstead. ($26,000). This grant also received an honourable mention at the 2007 RL Petersen Awards for Non-Profit Innovation ($5000).
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology Award (2002-2005). This grant funded a three-year programme entitled, "Toward a Healing Path: Theological Education and First Nations Issues." Co-applicant: Don Taylor. ($26,900 US)
  • Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Science and Religion Course Program Award, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 2000-2001. ($10,000 US)
  • In addition to receiving graduate awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the province of Alberta, and the International Council of Canadian Studies, Dr. Gobbett was the recipient of the Isaak Walton Killam Scholarship at the University of Alberta, the institution's most prestigious academic award. While on faculty at Trinity Western University, he was one of the co-founders of the Religion in Canada Institute that was launched in 2007-08.