Thompson Rivers University

Tina Block

Name: Dr. Tina Block
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: TRU
Phone: 828-5329

Research Interests

My research interests include the history of religion, gender, and family in postwar North America. Much of my research has focused on the regional context of the Pacific Northwest, and I am particularly interested in understanding the place of religion in the construction of British Columbia identity. I also seek to examine and explain the history of women's religious (and irreligious) lives, and the meanings and consequences of atheism in Cold War era Canada.


2006: Ph.D., Department of History, University of Victoria. Dissertation: Everyday Infidels: A Social History of Secularism in the Postwar Pacific Northwest (Defended: August 24, 2006). Nominated for the Governor General???s Gold Medal for best dissertation at the University of Victoria, 2006.

1999: M.A., Department of History, University of Victoria.

1996: B.A. (with distinction), Department of History, University of Calgary.

1993: B.A. (with honours), Department of English, University of Calgary.


Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

"Religion, Irreligion, and the Difference Place Makes: The Case of the Pacific Northwest, 1950-1970," Histoire sociale/Social History 43: 85 (May 2010): 1-30.

"'Toilet-seat prayers' and Impious Fathers: Interrogating Religion and the Family in Oral
Histories of the Postwar Pacific Northwest," Oral History Forum/d???histoire orale 29 (2009), Special Issue-Remembering Family, Analyzing Home: Oral History and the Family

"'Families that pray together, stay together': Religion, Gender, and Family in Postwar Victoria, British Columbia," BC Studies 145 (Spring 2005): 31-54.

"'Going to church just never even occurred to me': Women and Secularism in the Postwar Pacific Northwest," Pacific Northwest Quarterly 96 (Spring 2005): 61-68.

"'Boy meets Girl': Constructing Gender and Heterosexuality in Two Victoria Churches, 1945-1960," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 10 (1999): 279-296.

"Self-Reflexive and Impressionistic Feminism of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening," in Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Critical Essays, ed. Iqbal Kaur (New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1995) 204-220.

Book Reviews:

Revival in the City: The Impact of American Evangelists in Canada, 1884-1914, by Eric Crouse. Canadian Historical Review, 88: 3 (September 2007): 503-504.

Cascadia, The Elusive Utopia: Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest, in British Columbia History 42: 4 (2009): 27-28.

Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics, in BC Studies 164 (Winter 2009): 132-133.

Employment History

2007-present: Assistant Professor, Canadian History, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.

2006-2007: Sessional Instructor, Carleton University, Ontario.

Fall 2006: Sessional Instructor, University of Ottawa, Ontario.

Spring 2006: Research Assistant for Professor Penny Bryden, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

2001-2002: Sessional Instructor, University of Victoria, British Columbia.
*Received the Andy Farquarson Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching.

1996-2001: Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Courses Taught

History 1120: Pre-Confederation Canada
History 1220: Post-Confederation Canada
History 2700: Women in Canada
History 3120: Canada in the Cold War Era
History 3050: BC History
History 3000: The Historian's Craft
History 4250: Special Topics: Religion in Canada
History 4030: Canadian Gender History
History 4050: Social and Cultural History of BC

Professional Affiliations

Western Association of Women Historians.
Canadian Historical Association.
Canadian Committee on Women's History.


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