Operating primarily within the field of Sociology of Religion but with occasional forays into Communication Studies, Dr. Haskell’s teaching and research focuses on religion in Canada, media in Canada, and religion and media in Canada.
Before academia, Dr. Haskell was a journalist. He started as a print features writer and later moved to TV working as a reporter in London, Windsor, and Waterloo Region. He has received awards from TV Ontario and the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) for his news reporting. Just prior to joining the faculty at Laurier's Brantford campus in 2005, he spent four years as a professor of Journalism at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. He has also enjoyed careers as a high school teacher, professional musician and motivational speaker.
Dr. Haskell’s current research interest is growth and decline in Canada's churches and religious engagement of youth. He has also published on the news media’s portrayal and perceptions of Evangelicals, sermon content and analysis, religious marketing via internet, religious youth rallies.
Full-text versions of several of his published articles can be found at academia.edu.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of religion and media and contemporary Christianity in Canada.
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Papers in refereed journals:
To see full text samples of publications and essays in the popular press please visit academia.edu.
Haskell Essay (2018, June 25). Why Lindsay Shepherd is Suing Wilfrid Laurier University. Toronto Star:
Haskell Essay (2018, Feb. 12). Criticism of Religious Groups is Good for Religion. Vancouver Sun:
Haskell Essay (2018, Jan. 18). Trudeau is Asking Canadians to Betray Their Conscience for Federal Funding. CBC News:
Haskell Essay (2017, Dec. 13) Words Lose Their Meaning at Wilfrid Laurier University. Quillette Magazine:
Haskell Essay (2017, Nov. 15). Suppressing TVO Video, Stifling Free Speech is making Wilfrid Laurier Unsafe. Toronto Star:
Haskell Essay (2017, Oct 30). The Future is Female: What’s to Become of the Boys? Vancouver Sun & Ottawa Citizen:
Haskell Essay (2017, Oct. 28). Fight Against Modern Cultural Marxists Evokes Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Vancouver Province & Hamilton Spectator & K-W Record:
Haskell Essay (2017, Jun. 4). The New Institutionalized Racism. Toronto Sun:
Haskell Essay (2017, Mar. 16). Free Speech at University Under Attack…. Again. Toronto Star:
Haskell Essay (2017, Jan. 4). Liberal Churches are Dying but Conservative are Thriving. Washington Post:
Haskell Essay (2016, Dec. 10). A Recipe for Church Growth. Weekly Standard:
Haskell Essay (2016, Dec. 5). How to Grow a Church—Some Liberals Might Not Like the Answer. Globe & Mail:
Haskell Essay (2016, Oct. 18). Revisiting Free Speech Debate on Campus. Toronto Star:
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