Dr. Kevin Flatt

Professor of History

Associate Dean of Humanities

Phone: (905) 648-2139   Ext:4435

Email: kflatt@redeemer.ca

Office: 208C

Programs: History, Politics and International Studies


Ph.D. (2009), History, McMaster University

M.A. (2004), History, University of Western Ontario

B.A. (2003), Economics, University of Waterloo


  • Gods and Thrones: The World to 1914 (HIS-106)
  • A World at War: The Turbulent Twentieth Century (HIS-108)
  • Canadian History: Post-Confederation (HIS-222)
  • Islamic World to 1683 (HIS-256)
  • Historical Theory & Perspectives (HIS-307/407)
  • Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th Century (HIS-312)
  • Modern Germany: 1740–1990 (HIS-344)
  • Modern Middle East (HIS-357)
  • Christianity in the Modern World (HIS-411)
  • Islamic Encounters (HIS-458)


Kevin Flatt is professor of history and Associate Dean of Humanities. He teaches courses covering several areas of modern history in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. His research has been covered by media outlets such as CBC Radio, Christianity TodayMaclean’s magazine, the National Post, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Dr. Flatt lives with his wife and three children in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario.

Research Interests

  • Secularization in Western societies
  • Protestantism in Canada

Recent Publications


Flatt, K. After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Selected Articles and Chapters

Flatt, K. “Secularization Theory’s Differentiation Problem: Revisiting the Historical Relationship between Differentiation and Religion.” Religions 14 no. 7 (June 2023).

Flatt, K. “Canadian Evangelicalism.” The Oxford Handbook of Early Evangelicalism. Edited by Jonathan Yeager. Oxford UP, 2022.

Flatt, K. “The Secularization of Western Universities in International Perspective: Toward a Historicist Account.” Review of Faith and International Affairs 18 no. 2 (Summer 2020): 30-43.

Flatt, K., D.M. Haskell, and S. Burgoyne. “Secularization and Attribution: How Mainline Protestant Clergy and Congregants Explain Church Growth and Decline.” Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review 79 no. 1 (Spring 2018): 78-107.

Burgoyne, S., K. Flatt, and D.M. Haskell. “Going the Extra Mile: The Impact of Theological Orientation and Other Congregational Factors on the Drive Times of Growing and Declining Church Attendees.” Journal of Cultural Geography 34 no. 3 (October 2017): 324-51.

Haskell, D.M., K. Flatt, and S. Burgoyne. “Theology Matters: Comparing the Traits of Growing and Declining Mainline Protestant Church Attendees and Clergy.” Review of Religious Research 58 no. 4 (December 2016): 515-41.

Haskell, D.M., S. Burgoyne, and K. Flatt. “Factors Influencing Church Choice: An Exploration of Responses from New Attendees at Growing Canadian Mainline Churches.” Canadian Review of Sociology 53 no. 4 (November 2016): 409-436.

Haskell, D.M., S. Burgoyne, and K. Flatt. “Mainline Denominational Switching in Canada: Comparing the Religious Trajectories of Growing and Declining Church Attendees.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 41 no. 4 (2016): 493-524.

Flatt, K. and D. M. Haskell. “Participant Experiences at a Charismatic Catholic Youth Rally: What Happens When Participant Socialization and Organizer Intentions Don’t Match?” Religious Education112 no. 2 (March-April 2016): 1-16.

Haskell, D. M., and K. Flatt. “When Youth Experience God: The Reported Impact of a Mainline Protestant Youth Rally and a Charismatic-Evangelical Youth Rally on Attendees’ Religious Faith.” Journal of Youth Ministry 13 no. 2 (Spring 2015): 21-52.

Flatt, K. “The ‘New Curriculum’ Controversy and the Religious Crisis of the United Church of Canada, 1952-1965.” In The Sixties and Beyond: Dechristianization in North America and Western Europe, 1945-2000, edited by Nancy Christie and Michael Gauvreau. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.
Flatt, K. “Theological Innovation from Spiritual Experience: Henry Alline’s Anti-Calvinism in Late Eighteenth-Century Nova Scotia and New England.” Journal of Religious History 33 no. 3 (September 2009): 285-300.