Dr. Alison R. Marshall

Dr. Alison R. Marshall teaches and researches Asian religion and history at Brandon University.  Marshall studied Mandarin Chinese at Middlebury College, at Taiwan’s Fu Jen University, and also for her doctorate which she earned from University of Toronto’s East Asian Studies Department under the supervision of Dr. Julia Ching (Qín Jiāyì 秦家懿) (1934 –2001).

Married to Brian Mayes, Marshall was attracted to Asian studies through family connections—an uncle who ran an Asian import-export business in 1920s Montreal, and an aunt who worked for Toronto’s Chinese community. Dr. Marshall is the recipient of multiple local, national and international grants and awards, and a former program co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Religion and Migration Unit and the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion.  She is currently a director on the board of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre.

Dr. Marshall is  the author of three monographs in the field of Asian religion and history including The Way of the Bachelor: Early Chinese Settlement in Manitoba (2011) Winner of the 2015 Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Book Prize and the Manitoba Day Award, and Cultivating Connections:  The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada (2014) both with University of British Columbia Press.  Her third book, Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos and Religion in Canada (University of Toronto Press) written in 2018, examines the history and cultures of migrants from the Philippines from 1880 to 2017. Research for this book showed that Filipinos came to Canada as early as 1880, in larger numbers a decade later and to Manitoba and the outskirts of Winnipeg by 1912 (Marshall 2018, 17, 219 footnote 64). Legislation enacted in 1910 and again in 1930 restricts Asian and Filipino migration to Canada until 1956. This is the reason why most Canadian Filipino communities form in the late 1950s and early 1960s (Marshall 2018, 62-63).

Marshall’s recent research explores the topic of religion and migration in a forthcoming book (Bloomsbury Press) with Dr. Rubina Ramji, and in ongoing research on prairie Chinatowns and Filipino migration.

During Marshall’s 20 years of research and through multiple national and international SSHRC, CCK, Heritage Canada, and other externally funded projects as principal investigator at BU, she has trained, supervised and provided employment to dozens of research assistants.

2020-21 courses:

Asian Civilization to 1368 (86/54:220)

Religions of China (86:273) Religions of China 2021 Marshall short syllabus

Introduction to Religious Ecstasy (86:157)

Buddhism (86:270)

Chinese Canadian Experience (86/54:289) For a preview of some of the people and histories we cover in this course: https://www.instagram.com/marsharmb/