Alan Campbell is an Honorary Senior Fellow and formerly Reader in Labour History at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on the history of Communism in Britain and on the social history of the Scottish miners and their trade unions. He served on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Labour History for many years and as its Chair from 2008 to 2011.
Sean Carleton is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. His research examines the history of colonialism, capitalism, and schooling in Canada. Sean is also a co-founder of the Graphic History Collective and a co-author of 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2019) and Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2019).
Alvin Finkel is Professor Emeritus of History at Athabasca University. President of the Alberta Labour History Institute and past president of the Canadian Committee on Labour History, he is the author, co-author, or co-editor of thirteen books and over fifty book chapters and scholarly journal articles. His latest book is Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Sam Gindin was the research director for the Canadian Auto Workers (now Unifor) from 1974 to 2000 and also assistant to the president from 1985 to 2000. After leaving the union he was the Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University from 2000 to 2010. He is the co-author, with Leo Panitch, of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (London: Verso, 2013), which was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize in the UK and the Davidson book prize in Canada. Other books include The Canadian Auto Workers: The Birth and Transformation of a Union (Toronto: James Lorimer, 1995); In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives, co-authored with Leo Panitch and Greg Albo (Oakland: PM Press, 2010); and an expanded and updated American edition of The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn, with Leo Panitch and Steve Maher (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2020).
Gregory S. Kealey is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Brunswick. He is the Founding Editor of Labour/Le Travail and served as its editor from 1976 to 1997 and again from 2016 to 2017. His most recent books are Spying on Canadians: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service and the Long Cold War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017) and, with Reg Whitaker and Andrew Parnaby, the prize-winning Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
Ted McCoy is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Law and Society at the University of Calgary. He is a historian of punishment and has published on penitentiaries and crime in Canada’s nineteenth century. His books include Hard Time: Reforming the Penitentiary in Nineteenth-Century Canada (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2012) and Four Unruly Women: Stories of Incarceration and Resistance from Canada’s Most Notorious Prison (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019), and he is the co-editor of Canada’s Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2020.)
John McIlroy has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Manchester, where he was Reader in Sociology, Keele, where he was Professor of Industrial Relations, and Middlesex, where he was Professor of Employment Relations. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Business School at Middlesex University. He has published extensively in the fields of adult education, labour history, and employment relations.
Kirk Niergarth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His first book “The Dignity of Every Human Being”: New Brunswick Artists and Canadian Culture between the Great Depression and the Cold War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) was published in 2015. He is currently at work on a book about Canadians who visited the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
Bryan D. Palmer, a long-time editor of Labour/Le Travail, has published extensively on the history of labour and the revolutionary left. Among his more than twenty published monographs and edited collections are the award-winning volumes James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890–1928 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007) and the co-authored (with Gaétan Héroux) Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2016). His articles and commentaries have appeared in New Left Review, Jacobin, Canadian Dimension, and the American Historical Review, among many academic and popular venues. His books and scholarly articles have been translated into Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Turkish, and other languages. Having taught for forty years at universities in Canada, Brazil, China, and the United States, he retired from Trent University in 2018, where he was a Canada Research Chair from 2001 to 2015.
Leo Panitch died in December 2020 as this volume was going to press. Leo was Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto and co-editor of the Socialist Register, whose annual volumes he edited for thirty-five years. His more recent books are Searching for Socialism: The Project of the Labour New Left from Benn to Corbyn with Colin Leys (London: Verso, 2020); and the expanded and updated American edition of The Socialist Challenge Today: Syriza, Sanders, Corbyn with Sam Gindin and Steve Maher (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2020). His book The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, also with Sam Gindin, was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize in the UK and the Davidson book prize in Canada. His other books include: In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives; American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance; Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination; From Consent to Coercion: The Assault on Trade Union Freedoms; The End of Parliamentary Socialism; Working Class Politics in Crisis; Social Democracy and Industrial Militancy.
Chad Pearson teaches history at Collin College, a community college in Plano, Texas. He is the author of Reform or Repression: Organizing America’s Anti-Union Movement (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), and is co-editor with Rosemary Feurer of Against Labor: How US Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017). He has published essays in Counterpunch, History Compass, Jacobin, Journal of Labor and Society, Labor History, Labour/Le Travail, and Monthly Review. He is currently writing a book about different types of employer violence, which he wants to call Capital’s Terrorists: Anti-Labor Violence in the Long Nineteenth Century.
Sean Purdy teaches and writes about workers and social movements in the Americas at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to scholarly articles on the urban history of the United States and Brazil in both English and Portuguese, he recently published a critical biography of Douglas MacArthur, O General Estadista: Douglas MacArthur e o Século Americano (São Paulo: Intermeios, 2018).
Nicholas Rogers is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, York University, Toronto. His latest book, launched April 2020, is Murder on the Middle Passage: The Trial of Captain Kimber (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2020).
Julia Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Labour Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. She studies the political economy of labour relations in Canada and the history and politics of women’s labour activism. Julia has published articles on feminist union organizing and labour relations in the airline and banking industries. She is also a member of the Graphic History Collective and a co-author of 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2019) and Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2019).