Ben Goossen’s research focuses on the global history of religion and nationalism. He is the author of Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era (Princeton University Press, 2017), which examines the relationship between Mennonites and German nationalism during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Drawing on archival holdings in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States, his work traces the role of Mennonitism in German public discourse as well as the place of Germany in the imaginations of Mennonite communities across Eurasia and the Americas. Engaging questions of warfare and pacifism, theology and political activism, gender, genocide, anti-Semitism, and national indifference, Chosen Nation explores new methods of narrating the processes of nationalization and global diaspora, while at the same time providing the first comprehensive history of Mennonites’ entanglement with German nationalism.
Goossen has held fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and he is a Beinecke Scholar. He has received awards for excellence in scholarship from the Kansas Historical Foundation, the Associated Church Press, and Swarthmore College. His essays and reviews appear in publications ranging from Nova Religio and Waging Nonviolence to the Journal of the History of Ideas blog.
Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017).
"Why 500 Years? A Critique of Anabaptism’s Upcoming Anniversary Celebration," Mennonite Life 71 (2017): forthcoming.
“Das Völklein und das Volk: Mennoniten und Nationalismus in Deutschland vor 1933,” in Mennoniten in der NS-Zeit: Stimmen, Lebenssituationen, Erfahrungen, ed. Marion Kobelt-Groch and Astrid von Schlachta (Bolanden-Weierhof: Mennonitischer Geschichtsverein, 2017), forthcoming.
"Taube und Hakenkreuz: Verhandlungen zwischen der NS-Regierung und dem Mennonitischen Zentralkomitee in Bezug auf die Chacokolonien," Jahrbuch für Geschichte und Kultur der Mennoniten in Paraguay 18 (2017): forthcoming.
"Mennonites in Latin America: A Review of the Literature," Conrad Grebel Review 34, no. 3 (2016): 236-265.
“Religious Nationalism in an Age of Globalization: The Case of Paraguay’s ‘Mennonite State,’” Almanack 13, no. 4 (2016): 74-90.
“From Aryanism to Anabaptism: Nazi Race Science and the Language of Mennonite Ethnicity,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 90, no. 2 (2016): 135-163.
“Measuring Mennonitism: Racial Categorization in Nazi Germany and Beyond,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 34 (2016): 225-246.
“Mennoniten als Volksdeutsche: Die Rolle des Mennonitentums in der nationalsozialistischen Propaganda,” trans. Helmut Foth, Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter 71 (2014): 54-70.
“‘Like a Brilliant Thread’: Gender and Vigilante Democracy in the Kansas Coalfield, 1921-1922,” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains 34, no. 3 (2011): 206-223.
"Mennonite Fascism," Anabaptist Historians, April 27, 2017.
"Mennonites Seek to Come to Terms with Nazi Collaboration," Religion News Service, March 16, 2017.
"How to Radicalize a Peaceful Minority," Princeton University Press blog, February 7, 2017.
"Mennonite Privilege," The Mennonite, February 1, 2017.
"Series on Mennonite Crime has a Nazi Precedent," Winnipeg Free Press, January 24, 2017.
"Ditigal History: The German Mennonite Sources Database," Anabaptist Historians, January 5, 2017.
"Mennonite Genealogy and Racial Privilege," Anabaptist Historians, November 3, 2016.
"Becoming Aryan," Canadian Mennonite Magazine, June 28, 2016.
"Legacy of a Mennonite State," Mennonite World Review, April 11, 2016.
“When did Amish become Old-Fashioned?” Journal of the History of Ideas blog, June 29, 2015.
“Immigrants from Former Soviet Union Challenge German Secularism,” Mennonite World Review, March 17, 2014.
“What the US Can Learn from Germany’s Stunning Environmental Movement,” Waging Nonviolence, November 12, 2013.