Benjamin Bryce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. His research focuses on migration, citizenship, and imperialism in the Americas, with a particular focus on both Canada and Argentina. He is presently completing a monograph about German speakers in Ontario and their transborder connections with people, institutions, and ideas in New York and Pennsylvania.
His first monograph, To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society (Stanford University Press, 2018) chronicles how German speakers between 1880 and 1930 – alongside almost 6 million other immigrants – fostered linguistic and religious diversity in Argentine society. Even if many cultural nationalists who lauded the Hispanic nature of the nation would have dismissed the idea, hundreds of thousands of immigrants in Buenos Aires worked to create a more pluralist vision of citizenship and belonging.
He is also the co-editor of two volumes, including Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada (University Press of Florida, 2015). That book explores how people, ideas, and policies transcended the political boundaries of the United States and Canada. It brings to light the value of situating the history of migration to North America in broader comparative, borderland, and transnational contexts.
He has published articles on the rise of the Commonwealth in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, on bilingual education in Ontario in the Canadian Historical Review, and on German-language religious networks in the Great Lakes region in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. He has also published articles on German speakers in Argentina in the Journal of Social History and Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos.