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Tolly Bradford

Dr. Tolly Bradford
Associate Professor of History
Phone: 780-479-9315
Office A-201B

PhD, 2009, History, University of Alberta
BEd, 2001, University of Ottawa
MA, 2000, History, McGill University
BA (Hons.), 1999, History, University of Guelph

Courses taught:
HIS 111 – The Early Modern World
HIS 112 – The Modern World
HIS 261 – Post-Confederation Canada
HIS 290 – Introduction to Historical Research Methods
HIS 365 – The Canadian West to 1885
HIS 366 – The Canadian West since 1885
HIS 369 – Indigenous Peoples and Canada Since 1800
HIS 303I – Special Topics in History: Christianity and Colonization in Western Canada to the 1870s
HIS 370 – Indigenous Peoples and Christianity in Canada

Tolly Bradford holds a PhD from the University of Alberta where his doctoral research looked at the roles, activities, and legacies of indigenous missionaries in the nineteenth-century British Empire before 1870. This thesis has since been published as a scholarly monograph (2012). He has been a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan (2009-11), Research Consultant for the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, and a Research Fellow at the University of Manitoba (2011-12). Currently, along with his position at Concordia, Dr. Bradford is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

Research Interests:
Western Canadian History before 1900 – Aboriginal, fur trade, and religious history
Christianity and Colonialism in the British Empire
Transnational and Comparative History
South African History​

Current Research Projects:
I am currently involved in two research projects:

    • A history of the global dimensions of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s, 1800-1821
    • A regional history of Christianity and colonialism in western Canada from the eighteenth century to 1885.​

Recent Publications – Books, Articles, Chapters


With Chelsea Horton (eds.), Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016.

Prophetic Identities: Indigenous Missionaries on British Colonial Frontiers, 1850-1875. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012. *Shortlisted, 2013 Aboriginal History Prize, Canadian Historical Association*


With Greg Bak, Jessie Loyer and Elizabeth Walker. “Four Views on Archival Decolonization Inspired by the TRC’s Calls to Action” Fond d’Archives. September 2017

“Christianity, Missionaries and Plains Cree Politics, 1850s-1870s” Manitoba History 83 (Spring 2017): 2-13.

Conservative Visions of Christianity and Community in Early Red River, c. 1800-1821.” Manitoba History: The Journal of the Manitoba Historical Society. 71 (Winter 2013): 28-33.

With Erika Dyck. “Peyote on the Prairies: Religion, Scientists, and Native-Newcomer Relations in Western Canada.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études Canadiennes 46, 1 (Winter 2012): 28-52.

World Visions: ‘Native Missionaries,’ Mission networks and Critiques of Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century South Africa and Canada.” In Grappling with the Beast: Indigenous Southern African Responses to Colonialism, 1840-1930 edited by Peter Limb, Norman Etherington and Peter Midgley. 311-39. Brill: Leiden, 2010.

For further information on education, publications, and past employment, see here for CV.