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Queen's University

Christo Aivalis

Ph.D. Candidate
Canadian Labour and Leftist History

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


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 Marxist thought and general Canadian economic/political history. Having completed my Master's cognate with Dr. Ian McKay, I will continue with him at Queen's for the PhD.

I am also interested in the role of Christian socialism in the interwar Canadian labour movement, and as well as labour intellectual's responses to the Great Depression.

I have worked as a researcher for two summers on the SSHRC funded Labour History/Travail In New Brunswick Project at my undergraduate institutions.

This fall and winter, I am a Teaching Fellow for History 434: History of the Canadian Left in the Twentieth Century.

In the past I have been a Teaching Assistant for History 253: History of Public Policy, 295: The Holocaust and 267: Modern Middle East.

I am also the History Steward for PSAC local 901, the union representing Teaching Assistants, Fellows and post-doctoral fellows here at Queen's. Further, I represent local 901 on the Arts and Science Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Post-Graduate Awards

2009: SSHRC Master's Scholarship.
2009: Queen's University Tri-Council Award
2010-2013: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
2010: Queen's University Tri-Council Award
2010: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)


Review of Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume Two: 1968-2000. By: Aivalis, Christo. Labour / Le Travail, Spring 2010, Vol. 65, p188-190, 3p

Review of Approaches to Politics.Pierre Elliott Trudeau. By: Aivalis, Christo. Canadian Historical Review, Volume 91, Number 4, December 2010.

Christo Aivalis, "In the Name of Liberalism: Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left, 1949-1959," Canadian Historical Review (Summer 2013)

Conference Presentations

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

"The All Canadian Congress of Labour and The Canadian Unionist: The Case for a Marxist Nationalism, 1927-1932" Presented at the McGill-Queen's Graduate Student conference, March 11-12 2011 in Kingston Ontario.

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

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000