Robyn Sneath

Robyn’s research focuses on the intersection of education, religion, and citizenship.  Her thesis is on the educational beliefs and practices of the Canadian Old Colony Mennonites of Canada and Mexico; it is an historical ethnography.

Robyn holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Winnipeg.  She is a 2013 Trudeau Scholar, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral scholarship. Before matriculating into Oxford’s doctoral programme she worked as a high school teacher, fashion model, and researcher.

As the first person in her family to pursue any form of higher education, Robyn is well acquainted with many of the educational barriers faced by students from marginalized groups.  Inspired by her own experience and through years of volunteering with at-risk students, in 2010 she co-founded a charity, CanU, a weekly intensive mentorship program that brings children to the university where they are mentored by university students. She now serves on the board of directors. When not working on her research, Robyn likes baking with her children, walking with her dog, and restoring heritage buildings with her husband.


  • Sneath, R. forthcoming. Review of Village among Nations: “Canadian” Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006 by Royden Loewen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Mennonite Quarterly Review.
  • Sneath, R. 2012. Review of Cities of Refuge: Stories from Anabaptist-Mennonite History and Life, by Harry Loewen, Journal of Mennonite Studies.
  • Sneath, R. 2006. Review of The Mennonite Old Colony Vision: Under Siege in Mexico and the Canadian Connection by David M. Quiring. Journal of Mennonite Studies, Vol. 24, 259-261.
  • Sneath, R. 2004. “Imagining Community: The Mennonitische Post and a People of Diaspora.” Journal of Mennonite Studies, Vol. 22, 205-220.
  • Sneath, R. 2003. Winner of national German-Canadian essay contest, “Speculative Endeavour: Possible Causes for the Emergence of Plautdietsch in Written Form,” excerpts published in German-Canadian Studies Newsletter, Vol. 6 (2003): 2,4.

Title of Thesis:
Citizenship, Religion, and Minority Education in Canada: The Case of the Old Colony Mennonites

Dr Liam Gearon and Dr David Mills

Research interests:
Religion and education, comparative and international education, minority education, education policy in Canada, teacher training


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • St Stephen's House

Research groups

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Philosophy, Religion and Education