Dr. William Van Arragon

Associate Professor, History P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8074 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD, Indiana University, 2005
  • MA, Indiana University, 1997
  • BA, Calvin College, 1992


Research interests

  • Research and teaching interests in three main areas:  American colonial history, Canadian environmental history, and historiography and theory. 
  • Working on a book entitled Cotton Mather in American Cultural Memory, under contract with Indiana University Press. 
  • Working with a team of scholars on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant project:  “Between the City and the River: A Digital Historical Atlas of Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley and Its Parks System.” 
  • Working with colleague Mark Sandle on a book for undergraduate students about the integration of faith and history entitled A Time for Everything: Christian Faith and the Practice of History.


 “The Glorious Translation of an American Elijah: Mourning Cotton Mather in 1728,” in Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana: Historical and Intellectual Contexts in Transatlantic Perspective (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010)

 “Becoming Congregationalist: Historical Memory, Denominational Identity, and the Founding of the Congregational Library.”  Bulletin of the Congregational Library 5: 3 (Winter 2009), pp. 4-13.

 “People of Hope, People of Memory: Theologies of Memory and the Christian Historian,” Fides et Historia 37:2 (Summer 2005); 38:1 (Spring 2006), 41-49.