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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 have continued with him 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 and the general questions of crisis, chaos, and order as they pertained to socialism and capitalism.

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, as well as a Teaching Fellow for History 122: The Making of the Modern World.

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)
2013-2014: History Departmental Teaching Award-Nominee


Christo Aivalis, “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.

Christo Aivalis, “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.

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

Christo Aivalis, 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.

Christo Aivalis, “Equal Pay for Equal Work: Time to End Two-Tier Wage Contracts,” Our Times Magazine 33 (2014)
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Christo Aivalis, “NDP’s New Preamble is Just Warmed Over Liberalism,” Canadian Social Democracy Study, October 2013 <> (accessed 13 July 2013)

Christo Aivalis, Principal Author, Public Service Alliance of Canada Ontario Council Newsletters, May 2012-April 2014 <> (Accessed 13 July 2014)

Christo Aivalis, “A Guide to the Collective Agreement,” Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901, 2011
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Christo Aivalis, “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.

Christo Aivalis, “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.

Christo Aivalis, “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.

Christo Aivalis, “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

Christo Aivalis, “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.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000