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


Dr. William Van Arragon came to King’s in 2007 and is Associate Professor of History. He received his PhD from Indiana University in 2005. He teaches classes on topics in Environmental, Canadian, and American history, as well as the history of Global Christianity, and has worked with many students on independent research and oral history projects.

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.


Re-Forming History (Cascade Books, forthcoming); co-authored with Mark Sandle.

“Toward a Practice of Christian Antihistory:  Writing the Antihistory of Soviet Communism,” (co-authored with Mark Sandle), Fides et Historia 46: 2 (Summer/Fall 2014): 85-99.

“Walking Humbly, Listening Compassionately and Living Justly: A Way Forward in our Relations with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada,” (co-authored with David Long), in Matthew Etherington, ed., Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision.  Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2014.

“The Glorious Translation of an American Elijah: Mourning Cotton Mather in 1728,” in Cotton Mather and Biblia Americana: America’s First Bible Commentary. Reiner Smolinski and Jan Stievermann, eds.  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.  [Reprinted, Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2011.]

 “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.


“Toward the ‘Ribbon of Green’:  Frederick G. Todd’s 1907 Plan and the Creation of Edmonton’s River Valley Parks System,” Under Western Skies 2016: Water—Events, Trends, Analysis, Mount Royal University (28 September 2016).  Calgary, AB.

 “A Time for Everything: Reflections at the Intersection of History and Theology,” (with Mark Sandle).  Plenary Session, American Society of Church History, Spring Meeting (9 April 2016).  Edmonton, AB.

“Between the City and the River: Mapping the Histories of Edmonton’s River Valley” Co-authored with Maureen Engel and Shannon Stunden Bower.  Edmonton and District Historical Society Speaker Series (26 February 2016).  Edmonton, AB.