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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Rob Kristofferson

Associate Professor, Society, Culture & Environment/ History

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5837

Office Location: RCW 319
Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm
Academic Background


PhD, MA (York); Dip H.S. (Western Ont.): BA (Trent)

Program Memberships

Research Interests

Canadian history, labour and working class history, business history, class formation, social movements, labour studies, globalization 

Select Publications

More of a Man: The Diaries of Andrew McIlwraith, 1857-1862.  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013). (*with Andrew C. Holman). 458 pp.

Craft Capitalism:  Craftsworkers and Early Industrialization in Hamilton, Ontario, 1840-1872.  (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). * Winner. Clio Award (Ontario) 2008.  Presented by the Canadian Historical Association at the Annual Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities,  Vancouver, 3 June 2008. 326 pp.

“A Culture in Continuity: Master-Man Mutualism in Hamilton, Ontario, During  Early Industrialization,"  Histoire sociale - Social History volume 39, no. 78  (November 2006). 

“Craftsworkers and Canada’s First Industrial Revolution: Reassessing the Context,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.  New Series, Vol., 16 (2005): 101-138.

"The Past Is At Our Feet: The Workers' City Project in Hamilton, Ontario,"  Labour/Le Travail. 41 (Spring, 1998).

Public History

"The Spirit of ’46". United Steelworkers of America Local 1005.  65th Anniversary Exhibition. 2011.

"Working at Massey". Brant Museum & Archives. November 2008-April 2009. Exhibition.

A Quest for Learning:  The Canadian Labour Movement and Worker Literacy Education,  Canadian Labour Congress/National Literacy Secretariat. Working Paper.  Author/Editor historical sections. 2001.

Made In Hamilton Industrial Trail. (Hamilton: Made-in-Hamilton Heritage Project, 2001). 2 tours

"Made in Hamilton." Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre. Permanent Exhibtions. 2001.

Amalgamated  Transit Workers’ Union. Local 107: The First Century. (Hamilton: Seldon Press, 1999).

Voices of Justice: UNITE's History and Heritage in Canada. (Toronto: Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, 1997).

Do Something About It: The Bob Jaggard Story. (Hamilton: Ontario Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre, 1997).

The Workers' City, A Walking Tour (Hamilton: Ontario Workers’ Arts & Heritage Centre, 1997). 3 tours and 2 audio tapes

"Labour Will Knock Them Out: The 1946 Strikes in Hamilton." Ontario Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre. Hamilton, Ontario. 8 November, 1996- 3 February, 1997. Exhibition.

"The Hamilton Typographers' Strike of 1946." The Communications, Energy and Paper Workers of Canada National Convention. Quebec City. September, 1996. Exhibition.