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Rosa Bruno-Jofré

Professor of History of Education
613-533-6000 ext. 78413

Licenciada en Historia, Profesora en Historia (U.Nacional del Sur, Argentina), Ph.D. (University of Calgary, Canada)

Professor of History of Education, Graduate Faculty

Research Interests

Catholic History, History of Education, History and Theory, Historiography, History of Women Religious, Educational Theory from a historical perspective, digital history.


Rosa Bruno-Jofré, PhD is a Professor at and former dean (2000-2010) of the Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to the Department of History, Faculty of Art and Sciences, Queen’s University, Canada. Her areas of expertise are history of women religious, history of education, and educational theory from a historical perspective. She is co-founding senior editor of Encounters in Theory and History of Education (formerly Encounters/Encuentros/Rencontres on Education), and has served as associate editor (former senior co-editor) of Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, the journal of the Canadian History of Education Association. She is the founding editor of the Queen’s Education Letter.

Bruno-Jofré was  recently a keynote speaker at  the conference Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’: 100 years on: Past, Present, and Future Relevance,September 28-October 1, organized by Homerton College and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, and British History of Education Society.

Bruno-Jofré serves on the board of numerous journals including the Revista Complutense de Educación (Universidad Complutense de Madrid); Bordón (journal of the Spanish Pedagogical Society); Historia de la Educación (Universidad de Salamanca); AULA Revista de Pedagogía(Universidad de Salamanca);  Historia y Memoria, (journal of the Spanish History of Education Society); Espacio, Tiempo y Educación, Spain;  EDUCARE (journal of the Association of Indonesian Scholars of History of Education), Revista Mexicana de Historia de la Educación, among others.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré is the sole author of The Missionary Oblate Sisters: Vision and Mission published by McGill/Queen's University  Press , 2005 and translated into French in 2008. The book was short-listed for the Margaret McWilliams Award in the category of scholarly history for 2005. She also wrote Methodist Education in Perú: Social Gospel, Politics, and American Ideological and Economic Penetration, 1888-1930, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 1988. She has published articles and chapters in books in various languages.

Research and Publications

Here there is information only about current research and most recent and selected publications: 


Dr. Bruno-Jofré has  received  (January 2017-January 2018) a SSHRC Connection Grant to reunite her research group in Santiago, Chile to discuss processes of educationalization in a historical and global perspective. She is the applicant/PI; co-applicants: Dr. Sol Serrano, Faculty of History, Pontificia Católica de Chile, and  Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, Deusto University, Spain. Collaborators: Daniel Tröhler (University of Vienna), Elizabeth Smyth (University of Toronto), and Carlos Martínez Valle (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Her current research on the Religieuses de Notre Dame the Mission is funded by an Insight SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ) grant  (2013-2017).

She has just  completed a SSHRC Connection Grant (2015)   that included the organization of a symposium at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian, Spain, on Catholicism and Education after Vatican II, an art exhibition,  and an edited book forthcoming August 2017, University of Toronto Press. It was a joint venture with the GARAIAN Research Group led by Paulí Dávila. Jon Igelmo is the co-editor of the book with Bruno-Jofré.

Research Group

Rosa Bruno-Jofré is the founder (in 2007) and current coordinator of the Theory and History of Education International Research Group (THEIRG).  Jon Igelmo Zaldívar serves as assistant.

Books with participation of members of THEIRG:

Rosa Bruno-Jofre, Scott Johnston, Gonzalo Jover, and Daniel Tröhler. Democracy and the intersection of religion and traditions: The readings of John Dewey's understanding of democracy and education (2010) Montreal & Kingston, London and Ithaca :McGill/Queen’s University Press.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and James Scott Johnston, (Eds). (2015) Teacher Education in a Transnational World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

R. Bruno-Jofré and J. Schriewer (Eds). (2011) The global reception of John Dewey’s thought: Multiple refractions through time and space, New York & London, Routledge. Includes contributions from members of the Group and a host of researchers from around the world.

Book forthcoming August 2017

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, eds,  Education in the Wake of Vatican II  (University of Toronto Press).  This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Book forthcoming Fall 2017

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Heidi McDonald and Elizabeth Smyth. Vatican II and Beyond: Re-Envisioning Mission and reconstructing identity in the “Age of Fracture.”  (McGill-Queen’s University Press).   Smyth and MacDonald are members of the Group.

Current Research

Rosa Bruno-Jofré , The Canadian province of the religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions: the reference horizon and their educational work funded by SSHRC (2013-2017), $49,194.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar,  CIC and CIDOC, Cuernavaca (Mexico) and critical strands in Catholic thinking: Missions, politics, education, and visions of social change (general theme) funded by a SEED Grant from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Completed.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, The Sisters of the Institute of the Infant Jesus (Religiosas del niño Jesus) en Bembibre, Spain in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo,  Situating Ivan Illich in the critical educational discourses of the 1970s and early 1980s. Partly funded by a Seed Grant  (2016) and an Elliott grant (2016)  from the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University .

Book in process

Rosa Bruno-Jofre, The Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions/Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM) in Canada (1898-2008): Women Religious as Educators at the Intersection of Locality, Identity Issues, and Transnational Configurations. Book proposal approved by McGill-Queen’s. Final manuscript to be ready May 2017.

Recent chapters and articles (published)

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo. The radicalization of Monsignor Ivan Illich’s
Critique of the Institutionalized Church and the Formation of Missioners, 1960-1966.  Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Cambridge University Press, 67 (4), 568-586.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré. Teacher Education at the Intersection of Educational Sciences, in D. Tröhler, editor  History section, Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, (Springer Reference Library,  2016)    http://refworks.springer.com/mrw/index.php?id=7079

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Josh Cole. “What the Dead Say to the Living?: Time, Politics, and Teacher Preparation in English Canada’s long-1960”, pp.247-264 . in Rebekka Horlacher and Andreas Hoffmann-Ocon & Rebekka Horlacher (Eds.)( 2016) Pädagogisches Wissen /Pedagogy and Educational Knowledge . Bad Heilbrunn, Germany: Klinhardt.

Rosa Bruno-Jofre and Elizabeth Smyth, Doctoral Programs in Canada: The Ontario Case,  in Doctoral Studies and University Identities: A Comparative View, pp. 27-50. Donatella  Palomba and Carlo Cappa, eds ( Rome: Aracne editrice, Comparative Education Studies/Studi comparativi in educazione,  2016).

Translation into Spanish: Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, Ivan Illich’s Late Critique of Deschooling Society: “I was Largely Barking up the Wrong Tree”, Educational Theory, Journal of the John Dewey Society and the Philosophy of Education Society,  62, 5 (2012):573-592. To be republished in Spanish in Entramados: Educación y Sociedad, Argentina, 3, no 3 (February 2016) pp. 65-81.

Translation into Spanish: Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, Ivan Illich’s Late Critique of Deschooling Society: “I was Largely Barking up the Wrong Tree”, Educational Theory, Journal of the John Dewey Society and the Philosophy of Education Society,  62, 5 (2012):573-592. To be republished in Spanish in Entramados: Educación y Sociedad, Argentina, 3, no 3 (February 2016) pp. 65-81.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré. History of religious education: A transnational and trans-temporal journey: rescuing the longue durée and moving beyond theories of secularization. Contributing to the debate opened by David Käbisch., Bilddungsgeschichte. International Journal for the Historiography of Education, forthcoming,  5, Heft 2 (fall 2015) 218-221.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, La politique d’excellence au Canada, pp. 145-152,  in Laurent Cosnefroy, Jean-Marie De Ketele, J-M., Bernard Hugonnier et Philippe Parmentier (eds.). Quelle Excellence pour l’enseignement supérieur. ( Bruxelles. De Boeck, 2016) .http://www.deboecksuperieur.com/titres/133589_3/9782807302372-quelle-excellence-pour-l-enseignement-superieur.html

Rosa Bruno-Jofré. The Canadian Province of the Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions: The horizon reference and reception of Vatican II, moving toward a new constellation of meanings, chapter 7, pp. 123-139,  in  Understanding the Consecrated Life in Canada : Critical Essays on Contemporary Trends,  J. Zuidema, ed ( Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2015)

Rosa Bruno-Jofré.  The Situational Dimension of the Educational Apostolate and the Configuration of the Learner as a Cultural and Political Subject: The Case of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions in the Canadian Prairies, chapter 9, pp. 160-182,  in  Education, Identity and Teaching Sisters.   Deirdre. Raftery   and Elizabeth Smyth . eds         ( Routledge, 2015)

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Ana Jofré. Reading the Lived Experience of Vatican II: Words and Images, The Canadian Province of the Sisters of Our Lady of Missions in Peru, Historical Studies, Canadian Catholic Association, vol 81 (fall 2015): 31-52.    

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Josh Cole . To Serve and Yet to be Free: Historical Configurations and the Insertions of  Faculties of Education in Ontario in  Teacher Education in a Transnational World, Rosa Bruno-Jofré and James Scott Johnston, co-editors ( Dec2014). Toronto:  University of Toronto Press.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré. History of Education in Canada: Historiographic “turns” and Widening Horizons, Paedagogica Historica,  LXVI, Extra II (December 2014), 257-487.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar. The Center for Intercultural Formation, Cuernavaca, Mexico its Reports (1962-1967) and Ivan Illich’s Critical Understanding of Mission in Latin America, Hispania Sacra,  LXVI, extra II (July-December 2014): 457-487.ISI Journal

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, The Missionary Oblate Sisters and the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM): the intersection of education, spirituality, the politics of life, faith, and language, in the Canadian Prairies, 1898-1930, Paedagogica Historica, 49 (4), 2013, pp. 471-493.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Gonzalo Jover, El Educando como Sujeto y el Lugar del Juego en el Debate Educativo de Finales del Siglo XIX en Norteamérica, Bordon, Journal of the Sociedad Española de Pedagogía, Spain.65 (1), 2013, 21-37.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, Ivan Illich’s Late Critique of Deschooling Society: “I was Largely Barking up the Wrong Tree”, Educational Theory, Journal of the John Dewey Society and the Philosophy of Education Society,  62, 5 (2012):573-592.


Rosa Bruno-Jofré & Jon Igelmo Zaldívar.  Review/Essay of The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the Modern West. By Todd Hartch. Oxford University Press, 2015. xiii + 235 pp. ISBN 978-0190204563. Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Cambridge), vol 67, 4 (October 2016), pp. 924-925.

Guest co-editor of Journals

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Patricia Quiroga, guest editors, special issue of Historia de la Educación ,  Journal published in print (access online) by the University of Salamanca, Spain. Date of publication: January 2016.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Daniel Trohler, special issue of Pensamiento Educativo, journal of the Faculty of Education, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Title: Peripathetic Journey of Education in a Globalizing and “Educationalized" World: Keeping a Critical Edge in the Search for Educational Aims. April 2014.

Guest editor:

Rosa Bruno-Jofre, guest-editor,    Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education special issue,  Catholic Teaching Congregations and Synthetic Configurations: Building Identity through Pedagogy and Spirituality Across National Boundaries and Cultures  (Volume 49, Issue 4, 2013).

Accepted for publication and forthcoming

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Las Hermanas del Niño Jesús en Bembibre, León, España, en la Segunda Etapa del Franquismo: La Escuela sin Puertas, Historia de la Educación, Revista Inter-universitaria, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, no 35 (2016).

Rosa Bruno-Jofré. The Sisters of the Infant Jesus in Bembibre, León, Spain in late Francoism: The school with no doors. In  Catholic education in the Wake of Vatican II,  Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo (editors) (forthcoming August 2017) University of Toronto Press.

Rosa Bruno-Jofré and Jon Igelmo. Ivan Illich, the critique of the Church as it: From a vision of the missioner to a critique of schooling. Ibid.

Rosa Bruno-Jofre. Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM) in Canada, the long 1960s and Vatican II: From carving spaces in the educational state to living the radicality of the Gospel. Ibid.

Translated into Chinese (forthcoming)

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, “To those in ‘Heathen Darkness’: Deweyan Democracy and Education in the American Interdenominational Configuration in Latin America,” (2010) in Democracy and the Intersection of Religion and Traditions: The Readings of John Dewey’s Understandings of Democracy and Education, pp.131-165. Rosa Bruno-Jofré, James S. Johnston, Gonzalo Jover, and Daniel Tröhler, eds. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

To be published in Chinese in Zhang, Bin-xian & Tu, Shi-wan (eds.) John Dewey's Democracy and Education at 100: Reflections for a New Century. Beijing: Educational Science Publishing House, 2016.

Special lectures and visiting professorships

Bruno-Jofré has lectured or served as a visiting professor at the Universidad  Complutense de Madrid at  various times;  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago and Villarrica campuses;  Humboldt- Universitat Berlin;  Institut d'études Européennes-IEE; University Paris 8; Université du Luxembourg, campus Walferdange; University of Salamanca, Spain; and Universidad del País Vasco, among other places.

She was a keynote speaker at a number of international events, among them: member of the keynote panel at the 2005 Global Forum: The Broad Convergence, at the Palais d' Egmont in Brussels, Belgium; plenary keynote speaker at the Congreso Iberoamericano de Pedagogía: 200 años después de la independencia, September 2010, Toluca, sponsored by the Secretary of Education of the State of México and the Sociedad Española de Pedagogía; keynote speaker as part of the Celebration of the Centenary of the Normal School Building, Escuela Normal de Toluca, Estado de Mexico, September 2010; and keynote speaker at the International Congress, Cultural Diversity: From Discrimination to Inclusion, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (organized by the Villarrica campus), Santiago, Chile, 2008.

Selected participation in international committees and juries

Bruno-Jofré was a member of the Steering Committee of Global Forum since 2009 to 2016. The Committee chaired by Sylviane Toporkoff  included at various times among other members,   Robert Morin, Secretary General, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications, Canada;   Kathryn Brown, Senior Vice-President Public Policy Development and International Government Relations, Verizon, USA; Myriam Shapiro, President, Summit Strategies International, LLC, USA; Bernard Mathieu, Head of Radio Communication Programs, CNES, France; Timothy Flinton, Senior Counsellor for International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State, USA; Andrew Lipman, Partner and Head of Telecom Group at Bingham McCutchen, USA; and others.

In November-December 2015, she has served as member of the Adjudicating Committee for the SSHRC Connection Grant.

In 2012, Bruno-Jofre served as a member of the international jury of the program “Investissement d’Avenir, French National Research Agency (ANR)” to adjudicate projects designed to innovate higher education in France.

She served as Vice-President representing English-speaking Canada of Consorcio Interamericano de Educación a Distancia (CREAD) between 2007 and 2009.


In 1989, Bruno-Jofré received an Award for Distinguished Service from Western Washington University. In 2004, she received the Lamp of Learning Award in recognition of her contribution to public education in Ontario, presented by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. She was a Distinguished Visiting Professor from March to mid-June 2010 at the Department of Theory and History of Education, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as a recipient of a Group Santander Award.