Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Christo Aivalischristo aivalis

Adjunct Professor
Canadian Political and Labour History 


Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298



2010-2015: Doctor of Philosophy in History, Queen’s University
2009-2010 Master of Arts in History, Queen's University
2005-2009 Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours in History and Political Science) at the University of New Brunswick


My research deals primarily with Canadian Labour/leftist History, specifically Pierre Trudeau's relationship with Canada's economic and social democratic left. I am also interested in the broader history of Canadian workers, socialists, radical Christians, and liberal intellectuals.

In addition to my formal research and teaching, I work with the Queen’s Media Centre to provide analysis and information on events both historical and contemporary in nature. My work has been featured in sources of a local, national, and international nature, and include CKWS, CTV, The Canadian Press, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, and the CBC.

Courses Taught

HIST 122
HIST 208
HIST 209
HIST 434

Post-Graduate Awards

2016: Queen’s University Department of History’s most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize
2016-17: Nominee—Eugene Forsey Prize in Canadian Labour and Working-Class History—Best Graduate Thesis
2016: Queen’s University Award for Scholarly Research and Creative Work and Professional Development
2016: Departmental Nominee—John Bullen Prize for Canadian Historical Association’s best Doctoral Dissertation
2015: Nominee—Canadian Committee for Labour History Article Prize.
2015: Nominee—New Voices in Labour Studies—Best Paper Prize.
2015: Nominee—Jean-Marie-Fecteau Prize for Canadian Historical Association’s Best Graduate Student Article.
2013-2014: History Departmental Teaching Award-Nominee
2010-2013: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship 
2010: Queen's University Tri-Council Award 
2010: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)
2009: SSHRC Master's Scholarship
2009: Queen's University Tri-Council Award


In academic Journals

Aaron Roland Mosher and the Canadian Labour Movement, 1908-1959 (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, Working Canadians Series), Manuscript Contracted, in Process.

Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Left, 1945-2000 (Vancouver: UBC Press), Passed peer review, recommended for publication.

“In Service of the Lowly Nazarene Carpenter: The English Canadian Labour Press and the Case for Radical Christianity,” Labour/Le Travail 73 (Spring 2014): 97-126.

“In the Name of Liberalism: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left, 1949-1959,” The Canadian Historical Review 94 (June 2013): 263-288.

Review of Kenneth C. Dewar, Frank Underhill and the Politics of Ideas, in Labour/le Travail (Forthcoming).

Review of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Approaches to Politics, in The Canadian Historical Review 91 (December 2010): 784-786.

Review of John English, Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume Two: 1968-2000, in Labour/Le Travail 65 (Spring 2010): 188-190.

In popular sources

“George A. Drew,” in Premiers of Ontario (Ottawa: New Federation House), forthcoming.

“Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Lesser-Evilism: The Liberals who Cried Wolf?” Canadian Dimension, 30 July 2016,

“The Looming Canada Post Lockout: Workers Resist Concessions for Next Generation,” Canadian Dimension, 7 July 2016 <

“Cloudy Days: Trudeau and Federal Public Sector Bargaining,” Rank and File, 20 May 2016, <

“Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Colonial Baggage: Past and Present,” Active History, 28 April 2016, <

“Is the NDP Ready for a Leap to the Left?” Ricochet, 11 April 2016 <>

“The Leap Manifesto and the NDP,” Canadian Dimension, 7 April 2016 <>

“What Bernie Sanders can Teach the Canadian Left,” Canadian Dimension, 2 March 2016 <

“Tis the Season (for Social and Economic Change): Depression-Era Christian Socialism and an Alternative Meaning for Christmas,” Active History, 17 December 2015, <

With Greg Kealey, Jeremy Milloy, and Julia Smith, “Renewing Interest in Labour and Working Class History in Canada,” Canadian Historical Association Bulletin 41 (Winter 2015): 21-23.

“Today’s NDP, Socialism, and the Party’s Legacy,” Canadian Dimension, 3 November 2015 <

“Trudeaumania Redux: Like Father, Like Son?” Active History, 29 October 2015 <>

“Lowered Expectations and the Historical Origins of the ‘Great Decoupling,’” Active History, 20 August 2015 <

“Labour rights, Socio-Economic Rights, and the Limitations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Active History, 6 May 2015. <

“Pay Us for the Work We Do: Unpaid Internships Promote Inequality,” Fall 2014. <>.

“Equal Pay for Equal Work: Time to End Two-Tier Wage Contracts,” Our Times Magazine. <>.

“NDP’s New Preamble is Just Warmed-Over Liberalism,” Canadian Social Democracy Study, October 2013. <>.


“Lowered Expectations: Pierre Trudeau, Wage and Price Controls, and the Attack on Organized Labour,” Presented at the 2016 Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 1-2 June 2016.

“Liberalism, Socialism, and the Public Pedagogy of Pierre Trudeau,” Presented at the 2016 Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta 30 May to 1 June 2015

Facilitator and presenter, Kingston and the Islands New Democratic Party Policy Town Hall Meeting, 9 July 2015.

“Pierre Trudeau, the ‘New Society,’ and the Right to Strike, 1975-1984,” Presented at the 2015 Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, 4-5 June 2015.

“Socialism, Liberalism, and Economic Democracy: Pierre Trudeau, the Labour-Left, and Canadian Economic Nationalism, 1968-1984,” Presented at the 2015 Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario 31 May to 3 June 2015.

Panel Chair and Facilitator, “Consumption and Production Anxieties,” presented at the 2015 McGill-Queen’s Graduate Student Conference in History, Kingston, Ontario, 6-7 March 2015.

“Class and Hierarchy in the Canadian Order, 1900-1940,” Guest Lecture for History 873: The State and Civil Society in Twentieth-Century Canada, Department of History, Queen’s University, 7 October 2014.

 “Poverty in the Midst of Plenty: Labour Intellectuals and their Responses to the Great Depression, 1926-1939,” Presented at the 2014 Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, Ontario, 25-28 May 2014.

 “In the Services of the Lowly Nazarene: The Canadian Labour Press and a Case for Radical Christianity, 1926-1939,” Presented at the 2012 Canadian Society of Church History Annual Meeting, Waterloo, Ontario, 27-29 May 2012.

“Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left, 1949-1959,” Presented at the 2011 Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 30 May-1 June 2014.

“The All-Canadian Congress of Labour and The Canadian Unionist: The Case for a Marxist Nationalism, 1927-1932,” Presented at the 2011 McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Kingston, Ontario, 11-12 March 2011

 “Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Cité Libre, and the Canadian Labour-Left, 1950-1965," Presented at the 2010 McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Montreal Quebec, 12-13 March 2010.


Rev: October 2016