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Mark Leier

Born in Ladner, B.C., Mark Leier teaches labour history at Simon Fraser University. Before landing his current position, he worked for several years at a number of jobs, including bridge tender, short order cook, dishwasher, construction labourer, printer, folk singer, and first aid attendant. He received his Ph.D from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992, and signed on with SFU in 1994. He is the author of multiple books: Bakunin: The Creative Passion was published in paperback in 2009, and Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy was published by New Star Books in 2013.

Reporting beat: Labour and history

Personal website: SFU

Stories by Mark Leier


‘Viking Economics’ Suggests Next Steps in Fight Against Capitalism

Activist George Lakey appraises Scandinavia in new lefty vision for the future.

By Mark Leier, 31 Oct 2016


A Tyee Series

‘To Hell with the Boss!’ A Labour Radical’s Own Story

Sample a powerful page from the new graphic history ‘Drawn to Change.’ And meet BC’s Bill Williamson, one tough working class hero.

By Kara Sievewright and Mark Leier, 5 Sep 2016


To Praise Ginger Goodwin Is to Revere a Radical

Feisty miner reminds that comfortable compromisers are easily forgotten.

By Mark Leier, 25 Jul 2014


Learning from Canada's Boxcar Trekkers of 1935

Rising against crushing inequality, 'On to Ottawa' protest swept out of the West.

By Mark Leier, 7 Jun 2014


Labour Day's Radical Roots

The takeaway from this stat holiday? It takes street-level action to bring about change.

By Mark Leier, 2 Sep 2013


Is Labour Day 'Softer' than May Day?

The real workers' holiday is May 1, say radicals, but history is more complicated.

By Mark Leier, 3 Sep 2012


Money, Blood and Why Today's Vampire Revival Sucks

Once symbols of rich parasites feeding off labour, Dracula's ilk became sexy. Beware.

By Mark Leier, 14 Nov 2011


Labour Day's Feisty Origins

Workers created the holiday to signal their strength. We can't take their victories for granted.

By Mark Leier, 5 Sep 2011