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Phone: 416-946-3526

Thomas Power

Graduate Studies Coordinator, Adjunct Professor of Church History, Theological Librarian

BA (Trinity College, Dublin), MLS (University of Toronto)

PhD (Trinity College, Dublin), Certificate in Distance Education (U Wisconsin-Madison)

Biography

Tom Power hails from Ireland, where he was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He has taught history at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto. In 1998 he joined the faculty of Wycliffe College as college librarian, and he continues as theological librarian in the John W. Graham Library.

As adjunct professor of church history, Tom teaches courses focusing on 18th- and early 19th-century church history and Irish Christianity. He also coordinates the program of online courses at Wycliffe. His current research interests include the history of theological education in the early 19th century, specifically the School of Divinity at Trinity College, Dublin, the Irish religious diaspora, and millennialism in the period 1790-1850.

Tom and his wife, Marlene, have two children.

Areas of Expertise

  • Christianity in Ireland
  • History of Millennialism in Britain and Ireland, 1790-1850
  • History of Theological Education
  • Ministry and Technology
  • Research and Writing
  • Research Methods

Select Publications and Media:

  • A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin (ed.) (2018).
  • Confronting the Idols of Our Age (ed.) (2017).
  • Reformation Worlds: Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition (ed.) (2016).
  • Ministers and Mines: Religious Conflict in an Irish Mining Community, 1847-1858 (2014).
  • Change and Transformation: Essays in Anglican History (ed.) (2013).
  • Guide For the Christian Perplexed (ed.) (2012). 
  • Forcibly Without Her Consent: Abductions in Ireland, 1700-1850 (2010).
  • Converts and Conversion in Ireland, 1650-1850 (ed.) (2005).
  • “Publishing and sectarian tension in south Munster in the 1760s” Eighteenth-Century Ireland 18 (2004).
  • Land, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Tipperary (1993).
  • Waterford: History and Society (ed.) (1992).
  • The Irish in Atlantic Canada, 1780-1900 (1991).
  • Endurance and Emergence: Catholics in Ireland in the Eighteenth-Century (ed.) (1990).
  • Entries in the Dictionary of National Biography (2004) and Dictionary of Irish Biography (2009).
  • General editor of the series Wycliffe Studies in Gospel, Church, and Culture.