Aileen Friesen is the inaugural recipient of the Fretz Fellowship at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario. She has written on the experiences of Mennonites in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, including on the relations between Mennonite and Muslim communities in the Russian Empire. Her forthcoming book with University of Toronto Press explores the role of Russian Orthodoxy during the colonization of Siberia. She is currently working on a history of Mennonite mobility and migration during the long 19th century.

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