Curriculum Vitae

Kyle Jantzen

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Contact Information

Professor of History and Program Chair (History)
Ambrose University
150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, T3H 0L5
(403) 410-2000 ext. 6902
(403) 571-2556


Doctor of Philosophy – History – McGill University, 2001
Master of Arts – History – University of Saskatchewan, 1991
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – History – University of Saskatchewan, 1989

Academic Appointments

Professor of History, Ambrose University, 2011-present
Associate Professor of History, Ambrose University, 2003-2011
Associate Professor of Church History, Canadian Theological Seminary, 2002-2003
Assistant Professor of Church History, Canadian Theological Seminary, 1999-2002

Administrative Appointments

Program Chair (History), Ambrose University, 2003-present
Director of Extension Education, Canadian Theological Seminary, 1999-2003

Teaching Experience (selected courses)

Ambrose University:
HI 141 World History to 1500
HI 142 World History since 1500
HI 222 Renaissance and Reformation
HI 226 Industrialization and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Europe
HI 246 History of Genocide and Mass Violence
HI 260 Christian History to the Reformation
HI 261 Christian History since the Reformation
HI 272 History at the Movies
HI 280 History in Practice
HI 368 Antisemitism and the Holocaust
HI 380 Applied Research in History
HI 422 Nazi Germany
HI 478 Historiography
HI 495 Independent Research in History


Faith and Fatherland: Parish Politics in Hitler’s Germany. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.

Articles and Book Chapters (since 2011 – see also “Publications (Full Text)”)

“The Protestant Church in Nazi Germany.” In The Holocaust: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, edited by Paul Bartrop and Mike Dickerman. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. 2017. (Solicited)

“Teaching the Practice of History with the New York Times.” The History Teacher 49 no. 2 (February 2016): 271-184.

“Ferdinand Schlingensiepen and the Quest for the Historical Bonhoeffer.” Contemporary Church History Quarterly 21 no. 4 (December 2015).

“The Changing Place of Religion in Canada.” Religion – Staat – Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Glaubensformen und Weltanschauungen/ Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews 15 no. 1-2 (2014): 85-103.

“Church-Building in Hitler’s Germany: Berlin’s Martin-Luther-Gedächtniskirche as a Reflection of Church-State Relations.” Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte 27 no. 2 (2014): 324-348.

(with Jonathan Durance) “Our Jewish Brethren: Christian Responses to Kristallnacht in Canadian Mass Media.” Crisis and Credibility in the Jewish-Christian World: Remembering Franklin Littel. The Fortieth Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. Spec. issue of Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46 no. 4 (Fall 2011): 537-548.

Conference Papers (since 2011)

“Battling Masses and Masters: The Interplay of Religious and Political Concerns in the Basel Reformation,” Paper presented at Reformation Reverberations Conference, Azusa Pacific University, California, October 12-14, 2017.

“Nazi Racism, American Antisemitism, and Christian Duty: U.S. Protestant Responses to the Jewish Refugee Crisis of 1938,” Paper presented at 500 Years of Reformation: Jews and Protestants – Judaism and Protestantism, International Conference of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, February 2017.

“Nazi Racism, American Antisemitism, and Christian Duty: U.S. Protestant Responses to the Jewish Refugee Crisis of 1938,” Paper presented at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, October 2016.

“Working With Undergraduate Students in Local History Research: Placing Memory in High River,” Paper presented in the roundtable session “History, Memory, and Community-Based Participatory Research in an Undergraduate History Program,” at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith & History, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, October 2016.

“Placing Memory in High River: An Oral History Project,” Conference session at the 2016 Alberta Museums Association Conference: A Culture of Sharing: Inquiring Minds, Empowering Museums, Calgary, AB, September 2016.

“Placing Memory in High River’s Built Environment,” Paper presented in the conference session “Museums and their Public in the 21st Century,” at the Organization of Military Museums of Canada Conference, Calgary, June 2016.

“The Memory of Genocide: Evil Places as Sacred Spaces,” Paper presented at Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing and Teaching Genocide, Calgary, AB, February 2014.

“Myths of the German Church Struggle: German Churches in the Third Reich,” Paper presented at the Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte/Contemporary Church History Conference on “Myths—National Borders—Religions,” Flensburg, Germany, and /Sønderborg, Denmark, September 2013.

“Preaching Towards the Führer: Johannes Boy, the Christian Unity Movement of Germany, and the Debate about Nazism as a Political Religion,” Paper presented at the German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2012.

“‘Echoes of God’s Voice’: Reflections on the Utility of Christian Paradigms in History,” Paper presented at The Humanities and the Christian Faith Conference, Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith, Concordia University College, Edmonton, AB, May 2012.

Book Reviews (since 2011)

Review of Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich, by Eric Kurlander. German History 36, no. 1 (February 2018): 138-140.

Review of Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship, by Lee B. Spitzer. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 23, no. 4 (December 2017).

Review of A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide, by Alon Confino. Fides et Historia 49 no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2017).

Review of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era, by Benjamin W. Goossen. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 23 no. 3 (September 2017).

Review of A Church Undone: Documents from the German Christian Faith Movement, 1932-1940, by Mary M. Solberg. Catholic Historical Review 103, no 3 (Summer 2017), 603-604.

Review of “Möge Gott unserer Kirche helfen!” Theologiepolitik, Kirchenkampf und Auseinandersetzung mit dem NS-Regime: Die Evangelische Landeskirche Badens 1933-1945, by Rolf-Ulrich Kunze. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 23 no. 1/2 (June 2017).

Review of George Bell, Bishop of Chichester: Church, State, and Resistance in the Age of Dictatorship, by Andrew Chandler. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 22 no. 4 (December 2016).

Review of Täter und Komplizen in Theologie und Kirchen 1933-1945, ed. by Manfred Gailus. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 22 no. 1 (March 2016).

Review of Catholicism and the Great War: Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1922, by Patrick J. Houlihan. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 21 no. 3 (September 2015).

Review of Interpreting Bonhoeffer: Historical Perspectives, Emerging Issues, edited by Clifford J. Green and Guy C. Carter. Fides et Historia 46 no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2014): 122-124.

Review of The Politics of Religion in Soviet-Occupied Germany. The Case of Berlin-Brandenburg 1945-1949, by Sean Brennan. Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 82 no. 2 (May 2013): 502-504. DOI:

Review of Demonizing the Jews: Luther and the Protestant Church in Nazi Germany, by Christopher J. Probst. Contemporary Church History Quarterly 19 no. 1 (March 2013).

Review of the Internet website “Evangelischer Widerstand,” Contemporary Church History Quarterly 19 no. 1 (March 2013).

Review of Protestants in Communist East Germany: In the Storm of the World, by Wendy R. Tyndale. Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 82 no. 1 (March 2013): 262-264. DOI:

Review of The Reluctant Revolutionary: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Collision With Prusso-german History, by John Anthony Moses. H-German, H-Net Reviews. February 2013.

Review of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947, by Christopher Clark. Fides et Historia 43 no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2011): 85-88.

Other Scholarly Activity (since 2011)

Managing Editor, Contemporary Church History Quarterly; available at; Internet, 2010 to present.

Academic Blog/Website,

External Reviewer, book manuscripts, book proposals, and journal article manuscripts, for McGill-Queen’s University Press, Purdue University Press, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Bloomsbury Publishers, Fortress Press, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, The Historian, and Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.

Lead Organizer, “The Reformation at 500: Martin Luther and the Birth of Protestantism – Calgary University Lecture Series” (in conjunction with University of Calgary and St. Mary’s University), Fall 2017.

Organizer, Public Lecture: ““Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation,” Christopher Boyd Brown (with the Ambrose University Singers, the Calgary Christian Senior High School Choir, and the New Beginnings Choir), Ambrose University, November 2017.

Researcher, Writer, High River Heritage Signs Public History Project, 2016-2017.

Editor, “In the Shadow of the Poor Law: A History of State Responses to Child Poverty in Alberta,” by Roland Weisbrot. A Historical Research Report for the Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University, 2017.

Writer, 2015 Bachelor of Arts (History) Cyclical Program Review, Ambrose University.

Historical Consultant for a book manuscript, Athabasca University Press, 2013-2014.

Assistant Translator, Behind Valkyrie: German Resistance to Hitler: Related Documents. Edited by Peter Hoffmann. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011.

Historical Consultant, Evangelische Gesamtkirchengemeinde Friedrichshafen historical working group project, Aufbruch, Wandel, Vielfalt: 200 Jahre Evangelische in Friedrichshafen (Tettnang: Senn Verlag, 2012).

Grants and Awards (since 2011)

Research Grant (writer, lead researcher), Spletzer Family Foundation and the Chair in German-Canadian Studies at the University of Winnipeg Research Grant, “Refugee Stories: The Immigration and Resettlement of Germans in Western Canada, 1947-1960,” ($2500).

Participant, 2016 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty, “Jewish Responses to the Holocaust: Teaching Through Primary Sources,” Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Public History Grant (writer, co-researcher), Town of High River Disaster Relief Fund, “High River Heritage Signs,” ($25,000).

Research Grant (co-writer, co-researcher), Anonymous Donor (foundation sponsoring social scientific research), “A Multi-Dimensional Definition of Child Poverty: Informing Practice in Calgary,” ($50,000).

Research Grant (co-writer, lead researcher), Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, “Placing Memory in High River’s Built Environment” ($10,780).


Scholarly Presentations (since 2011)

Ambivalence, Association, and Avoidance as Christian Responses to Nazi Antisemitism and Racial Policy,” Public Lecture at Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, November 2017.

A Taste of Reformation: The Historical Context and Nature of Luther’s Protest,” Ambrose University, April 3, 2017

“Lessons from the History of Church-State Relations,” Public Lecture at the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, Calgary, AB, November 2012.

Academic Citizenship (since 2011)

Instructor/Guide, “Ambrose Reformation Study Tour,” Study Trip to the Czech Republic and Germany, May 2017.

Tour Leader, Reformation Tours, LLC, Belleville, IL., 2015-present. (See Tour Guiding for History Travel)

Speaker, Holocaust Education Symposium, Mount Royal University, 2014-present.

Member/Chair, Heritage Advisory Board, Town of High River, AB, 2013-present.

Ambrose University committees: Arts and Science Academic Affairs Committee, Program Chairs Committee, Research Committee, Promotion, Tenure and Sabbatical Committee, Academic Planning Committee, Professional and Employment Issues Committee.

Instructor/Guide, “Landscapes of British Civilization.” Study Trip to Britain, May 2015.

Guide, “Reformation Tour.” Study trip to Czech Republic and Germany, Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, June 2013.

Instructor/Guide, “Architecture of Power: Historical Castles, Churches, and Palaces from Paris to the German Rhineland.” Study Trip to France and Germany, May 2013.

Member, High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project External Advisory Committee, Alberta Education, 2009-2013.

Speaker, Holocaust Remembrance Service, Calgary Council for Christians and Jews, First Alliance Church, Calgary, AB, April 2012.

Speaker, Professional Development Sessions, Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de Boma, Boma, DR Congo, June 2011.

Instructor/Guide, “Exploring the Classical and Christian Sources of Western Culture.” Study Trip to Italy and Greece, May 2011.

Speaker, Private Symposium on German Churches in the Nazi Era, Calgary, March 2011.

General Citizenship (since 2011)

Member/Chair/Treasurer, Church Board, High River Alliance Church, High River.

Board Member, Sustain Housing: Not For Profit Development , High River, AB.

Speaker, Sunday morning sermons and retreats, various churches.

Speaker, “Democratic Republic of Congo: Travelling in ‘the World’s Worst Country,’” Armchair Traveller Series, High River Public Library, May 2012.

Chair, Family and Community Support Services Board; Member, Affordable Housing Committee, Town of High River, AB.

Speaker, Sunday morning sermon and Monday morning leadership development session, Boma 2 Church, La Communauté Evangélique de l’ Alliance au Congo (18ème ECC/CEAC), Boma, DR Congo, June 2011.

Speaker, “Exploring the Classical and Christian Sources of Western Culture,” Armchair Traveller Series, High River Public Library, May 2011.

Speaker, “Virtual Fail: How to Navigate an Online World,” Legacy Youth Conference, Ambrose University, March 2011.

Instructor, “The Expansion of the Christian Movement,” for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, Saskatoon, SK.

Professional Memberships

Conference on Faith and History, Fides et Historia (Association and Journal)

German Studies Association, German Studies Review (Association and Journal)

Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Journal)


Canadian Oral History Association (Association and Journal)



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