Academic Curriculum Vitae



Dr. John Oakes,

Richmond Hill, ON, Canada



2016-      : Adjunct Professor, Department of History,  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

2013-14: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2012: Visiting Fellow, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conecticut

2004-07: Occasional lecturer at Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC.

1998-2005: 1998-2005: Regent College, Vancouver, BC: part-time Lecturer in Anglican Studies, establishing and teaching graduate-level courses in “Anglican History” (HIST 615) and “Anglican Spirituality” (SPIR 652) and serving as mentor to Anglican students; course marker for “Church History 2” survey course (HIST 502).

1996-98: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC: Course Marker for “American Colonial History, 1607-1763” (HIST 327) and “Revolutionary America and the Formation of the USA” (HIST 328).

1992: Regent College, Vancouver: Teaching and Research Assistant.


2000-08: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby:  PhD. in History (graduated June 2008). Dissertation: “‘Conservative Revolutionaries’ – A Study of the Religious and Political Thought of John Wise, Jonathan Mayhew, Andrew Eliot and Charles Chauncy.”

1994-98: University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Doctoral studies in History, completing coursework (90% average), Comprehensive examinations in American Colonial and Revolutionary History, Reformation Europe and Historiography, and dissertation proposal.

1995-97: Vancouver School of Theology: Part-time programme in Anglican studies as postulant for ordination in the Diocese of New Westminster.

1992-94: University of British Columbia, Vancouver:  1st Class M.A. in History (93% average). M.A. thesis:  “Augustine’s War Thought – A Critical Reinterpretation.”

1990-96: Regent College, Vancouver, Canada: 1st Class in Diploma of Christian Studies (1991), Master of Christian Studies (1992), and Master of Divinity (1996).

1975-80: Magdalen College, Oxford, U.K.: 2nd Class Hons. (B.A. and M.A.) in Classics, studying Latin and Greek Literature and Ancient and Modern Philosophy for “Greats.”


2007 & 2012:  Anglican Church of Canada – Sabbatical Grant.

2000-02: Simon Fraser University – University Graduate Fellowships; President’s PhD. Research Stipend.

1993-98:  University of British Columbia – Graduate Fellowship; St. John’s Scholarship; R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship;  Izaac Walton Killam Memorial Predoctoral Fellowship; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada  Doctoral Fellowship.

1991-96: Regent College, Vancouver – Board of Governors’ Prize for Proficiency in the Master of Divinity (1996); Theology Prize (1996); History Prize (1991, 1992).

1975-77: Magdalen College, Oxford – College Demyship.


2014: “’Democrat’ or ‘Conservative’ – The Question of John Wise” – Paper presented to the Boston Historians of American Religion, Boston University.

2013: “’Conservative Revolutionaries’,” Preface and Chapter 1 – Presented to Colloquium in American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School.


2016: Conservative Revolutionaries: Transformation and Tradition in the Religious and Political Thought of Charles Chauncy and Jonathan Mayhew  (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications).

2015: “Beyond the ‘Democrat’/’Conservative’ Dichotomy: John Wise Reconsidered,”The New England Quarterly (September 2015), 88:3, 483–508.

1997: ‘Transforming Conservatism: The Cultural Vision of F. D. Maurice’, Crux, 33:2 (June 1997),18-26.

1996: Six articles in Donald M. Lewis, ed., The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography: 1730-1860 (Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1996).


“Congregationalism,” “Councils (Ecclesiastical),” “Foxcroft, Thomas ” and “Mayhew, Jonathan,” in Kenneth Minkema, ed., A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia  (New Haven, CT & Grand Rapids, MI: Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University & William Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016/17).

2020: Reluctant Revolutionary? The Life and Legacy of Andrew Eliot (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, under contract).


American Academy of Religion, American Historical Association, and Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. 


Danish, French, Ancient Greek, and Latin.


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