Publications & Teaching



Patterns of Protest: Property, Social Movements, and the Law in British Columbia. In peer review with UBC Press.

No Compromise – No Political Trading: the Marxian Socialist Tradition in British Columbia, by Ross Johnson. Edited book in peer review with Athabasca University Press.

Class Warrior: The Collected Works of E.T. Kingsley. Edited volume, with Ravi Malhotra, forthcoming from CCLH Books, 2022.

Using Power Well: Bob Williams and the Making of British Columbia, by Bob Williams. Edited book, with Thomas Bevan, forthcoming from Nightwood Editions, 2022.

Able to Lead: Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021. With Ravi Malhotra.

Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017. Edited volume, with Ravi Malhotra.

Duty with Dignity: The Professional Employees’ Association in British Columbia, 1974-2014. Victoria: Professional Employees Association, 2014.

Militant Minority: British Columbia Workers and the Rise of a New Left, 1948-1972. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-19. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010. Translated by Les Presses de l’Université Laval (French Edition) and Dal’nauka (Russian Edition).


“Standoffs at Meares and Lyell Islands: Protest, Injunctions, and the Indigenous Land Question in British Columbia.” Canadian State Trials, Volume 5, edited by Barry Wright, Eric Tucker, and Susan Binnie. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming in 2022.

“E.T. Kingsley.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Online chapter, with Ravi Malhotra, forthcoming in 2022.

“‘No Unity of Policy or Command’: Canada and the Allied Occupation of Vladivostok, 1918-19.” Russia’s Great War and Revolution and the Far East: Re-imagining the Northeast Asian Theater, 1914-22, edited by David Wolff, Yokote Shinji, and Willard Sunderland. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2018: 283-308.

“Court Martial at Vladivostok: Mutiny and Military Justice during the First World War.” Canadian State Trials, Volume 4, edited by Barry Wright, Eric Tucker, and Susan Binnie. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015: 172-216.

“The Siberian Intervention.” The Encyclopedia of War, edited by Gordon Martel. Oxford: Wiley & Sons, 2011.


“Early Socialism in Canada: The Ethnic and International Impulse.” American Review of Canadian Studies, 43, no. 4 (Winter 2013): 512-528. With Nelson Wiseman.

“On the Borders of Bolshevism: Class, Race, and the Social Relations of
Occupied Vladivostok, 1918-19.” Comparativ, 22 (October 2012): 71-85.

“Confronting the Cold War: The 1950 Vancouver Convention of the CCF.” Canadian Historical Review, 91, no. 3 (September 2010): 465-501.

“Elusive Unity: The Canadian Labor Party in British Columbia, 1924-1928.” BC Studies, 163 (Fall 2009): 33-64.

“Social Democracy in Twentieth Century Canada: An Interpretive Framework.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 40, no. 3 (September 2007): 567-589. With Nelson Wiseman.

“Searching for Workers’ Solidarity: One Big Unionism and the Victoria General Strike of 1919.” Labour/Le Travail, 60 (Fall 2007): 11-44.

“The Hospital Employees Union Strike and the Privatization of Medicare in British Columbia, Canada.” International Labor and Working-Class History, 71 (Spring 2007): 91-111. With Melissa Moroz.

“Mutiny from Victoria to Vladivostok, December 1918.” Canadian Historical Review, 87, no. 2 (June 2006): 223-264.


“Fellow Traveller: A British Columbia Fisherman Writes Home from the Eastern Bloc, 1952.” Labour/Le Travail, 63 (Spring 2009): 105-130.


“Canada and the Russian Revolution of 1917.” The Great Russian Revolution of 1917 in the Fate of Countries and Peoples of the World. Vladivostok: Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2017.

“From Victoria to Vladivostok: Canada’s Siberian Expedition, 1917-1919.” Sibir’ v pyeriod grazhdanskoy voyni, edited by Sergei P. Zviagin. Kemerovo: Kemerovo State University, 2010.

“Canada and the Allied Occupation of Vladivostok, 1918-1919.” Civil War and Military Intervention in the Russian Far East Conference, edited by Svetlana Dudarenok. Vladivostok: Far Eastern Federal University, 2012.


“Patterns of Protest: Property, Social Movements, and the Law in British Columbia.” Ph.D. Dissertation in Law and Society, University of Victoria, 2018. Supervisor: Rebecca Johnson.

“Tug-of-War: The Working Class and Political Change in British Columbia, 1948-1972.” Ph.D. Dissertation in History, University of New Brunswick, 2008. Supervisor: Gregory S. Kealey.

“The Search for Solidarity: The Industrial and Political Roots of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in British Columbia, 1913-1928.” M.A. Thesis, University of Victoria, 2003. Supervisor: Eric W. Sager.

“Battling Bolshevism from Victoria to Vladivostok: The Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force and Class Warfare in Canada, 1918-1919.” B.A. Honours Thesis, University of Victoria, 2001. Supervisor: Eric W. Sager.


“History is on Our Side—Social Movement Mobilization in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People.” The Georgia Straight (Vancouver), 13 February 2020.

“We need people power to expand fare-free public transit for youth,” Times Colonist (Victoria), 7 January 2020.

“All tools are needed in the climate fight,” Times Colonist (Victoria), 3 November 2019.

“Canada and the Bolshevik Revolution.” CCPA Monitor, 24, no. 5 (January / February 2018): 43-48.

“Labour Pride: Unions and the Movement for LGBT Rights.” The Professional, 43, no. 2 (July 2017): 14-18.

“Working with Diverse Abilities: Inclusiveness in the Labour Force and Society.” The Professional, 43, no. 1 (April 2017): 14-17.

“Raising the Floor: The Minimum Wage and What It Means to You.” The Professional, 42, no. 2 (June 2016): 16-19.

“Paid Parenting: Winning Maternity and Parental Leave Benefits.” The Professional, 42, no. 1 (March 2016): 8-11.

“Acquire Grace Islet to protect burial ground.” Times Colonist (Victoria), 13 August 2014.

“Unlearned lessons of the First World War.” Times Colonist (Victoria). 1 May 2010.

“Ghosts of elections past still haunt BC.” Times Colonist (Victoria). 5 April 2009. Reprinted in BC Commentary, 12, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 11-12.

“Make housing the priority for federal ‘shovel-ready’ dollars.” Vancouver Sun. 3 February 2009. Reprinted in BC Commentary, 2 February 2009, Island Tides, 12 February 2009, and Columbia Journal, 14, no. 1 (May 2009): 8.

“The Siberian Expedition.” Legion Magazine, 83, no. 6 (November/ December 2008): 60-63.


The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island. Victoria: Island Forest Futures, 2016. 53 pp. With Ray Travers.

Housing for All: The Social Economy and Homelessness in British Columbia’s Capital Region. Victoria: Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships, 2008. 60 pp.

Higher Learning in a Changing World: Environmental Scan for British Columbia. Victoria: BC Ministry of Advanced Education, 2008. 246 pp.

Urbanization on the Western Frontier: Langford’s Bear Mountain and the Blurring of Public and Private Interests. Victoria: West Coast Environmental Law, 2007. 30 pp.


Review of Stefan Epp-Koop, We’re Going to Run this City: Winnipeg’s Political Left after the General Strike (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015), in Canadian Historical Review, 98, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 813-815.

Review of Gordon Hak, The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle (Vancouver: Ronsdale, 2013), in Labour/Le Travail, 76 (Fall 2015): 215-217.

Review of Michel S. Beaulieu, Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism, and Politics, 1900-35 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011), in Histoire sociale / Social History, 46, no. 92 (November 2013): 533-535.

Review of Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell, When the State Trembled: How A.J. Andrews and the Citizens’ Committee Broke the Winnipeg General Strike (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010), in Labour/Le Travail, 70 (Fall 2012): 273-275.

Review of Joan Sangster, Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010), in Left History, 16, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 146-148.

Review of Andrew Parnaby, Citizen Docker: Making a New Deal on the Vancouver Waterfront, 1919-1939 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), in British Columbia History, 42, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 21-22.

Review of Gordon Hak, Capital and Labour in the British Columbia Forest Industry, 1934-74 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007). H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (October 2008).

Review of Roger Stonebanks, Fighting for Dignity: The Ginger Goodwin Story (St. John’s: Canadian Committee on Labour History, 2004), in Labour/Le Travail, 55 (Spring 2005): 249-251.


Able to Lead: E.T. Kingsley Digital Archive < > 2015.

This SSHRC-funded website complements the scholarly monograph I co-authored with University of Ottawa professor Ravi Malhotra, providing a digital archive of rare materials relating to the social history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, including the only complete online print run of the Western Clarion newspaper and other primary documents relating to industrialization, labour relations, and social change in the early twentieth century.

Canada’s Siberian Expedition < > 2010.

This Virtual Exhibition and Digital Archive engages non-scholarly audiences in the history of Canada’s Siberian Expedition, a forgotten moment in the history of Canada, Russia, and the world. Fully trilingual in English, French, and Russian, it combines an engaging interpretive narrative with teaching resources and a Digital Archive that preserves and shares 2,200 previously unpublished archival photographs and documents.

Project Partners: University of Victoria Humanities Computing & Media Centre, University of Victoria Dean of Humanities, University of Victoria Special Collections, Centre for Research on Canadian-Russian Relations, Arseniev State Museum of Primorsky Region, Far Eastern Federal University Centre for Canadian-American Studies (Vladivostok).

Speaking to a class of students
Ben delivers a lecture to History undergraduate students at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia


Syllabi from a selection of courses I’ve taught:

University of British Columbia, History 303: The Canadian West

University of British Columbia, History 402: Problems in International Relations: History of the Peace Movement

University of British Columbia, History 490: Seminar for History Majors: Labour and the Left in BC

University of New Brunswick, History 3332: The Canadian Worker Since 1914

Simon Fraser University, Labour Studies 330: Special Topics in Labour Studies: Studying Labour through Film

University of Victoria, History 132: Canada Since 1867

University of Victoria, History 324C: British Columbia in the Twentieth Century

University of Victoria, History 358: British Columbia Since 1945: Power and Protest

University of Victoria, History 469: Social Movements in World History

Wilson Duff, “The Fort Victoria Treaties,” BC Studies, 3 (Fall 1969): 3-57.

John Lutz, “The Lekwungen,” from Makúk – A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations (UBC Press, 2009), pp. 49-87.

Jeff Corntassel and Cheryl Bryce, “Practicing Sustainable Self-Determination: Indigenous Approaches to Cultural Restoration and Revitalization,” Brown Journal of World Affairs, 18, no. 2 (Spring / Summer 2012): 151-162.

Lekwungen family, c. 1900