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Athabasca University

Dr. Alvin Finkel

Professor Emeritus, History


Academic Career

  • Professor, Athabasca University, 1986-.
  • Associate professor, 1981-6.
  • Assistant professor, History, Athabasca University, 1978-81.
  • Sessional lecturer, Department of History, University of Alberta, 1976-8.
  • Visiting lecturer, Department of History, Queen's University, 1975-6.
  • Part-time instructor, University of Manitoba and University of Brandon, 1974.


Recent Publications

Book review editor, Labour/Le Travail, 2000 to present

Author, “Labour and the Political Economy of Alberta,” Prairie Forum, Winter 2006

Author, “1935: The Social Credit Revolution,” Alberta Transformed, 2005, University of Calgary Press /

University of Alberta Press

Author, Social Policy and Practice in Canada: A History, 2005, Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Co-author, History of the Canadian Peoples: Beginnings to Confederation, Vol. 1; Confederation to the

Present, Vol. 2; 2005, Pearson Education

Co-author, Canada: A National History, 2005, Pearson Education

Author, “The State of Writing on the Canadian Welfare State: What’s Class Got to Do with It?”

Labour/Le Travail, Fall 2004

Co-editor, Foundations: Readings in Pre-Confederation Canadian History, 2004, Pearson Education

Co-editor, Nation and Society: Readings in Post-Confederation Canadian History, 2004, Pearson Education

Author, “The Decline of Jewish Radicalism in Winnipeg, 1905–1960,” Jewish Radicalism in Winnipeg, 1905–1960, 2003, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Author, “Welfare for Whom? Class, Gender, and Race in Social Policy,” Labour/Le Travail, Spring 2002

Author, “Alberta Social Credit and the Second National Policy,” Toward Defining the Prairies, 2001, University of Manitoba Press

Contributing author, Canada: Confederation to Present (CD-ROM), 2001, Chinook Multimedia

Previous Publications

The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion Toronto: Lorimer, 1997.

Our Lives: Canada After 1945 Toronto: Lorimer, 1997.

Business and Social Reform in the Thirties. Toronto: Lorimer, 1979.

The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989.

History of the Canadian Peoples, Volumes 1 and 2, with Margaret Conrad. Toronto: Copp Clark, 2nd ed. 1998, 1993.

Forthcoming Books

History of Canadian Social Policy

a one-volume edition of History of the Canadian Peoples

two books of readings to accompany History of the Canadian Peoples

third editions of History of the Canadian Peoples


Journal of the Canadian Historical Association

Journal of Canadian Studies

Labour/Le Travail

Studies in Political Economy

Alberta History

Prairie Forum

Also many chapters in edited books. My published articles include pieces on both Western Canada and Canada as a whole. They span such subjects as the history of Canadian labour, the history of immigration in Canada, the origins of the Canadian welfare state and the reasons for its slow development, and the history of daycare in Canada.

Professional Achievements

  • Inclusion in The Canadian Who's Who, 1992-.
  • Editor - Book Reviews, Labour Le Travail, 2000-.
  • President, Canadian Association of Learned Journals, 1995-7.
  • Member of the board, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 1994-6.
  • Editor, Prairie Forum, 1986-1995.
  • Canadian Historical Association Regional Certificate of Merit for The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta, 1990.

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