Historical and contemporary perspectives on working life in the twenty-first century

Working Lives

Russell_Jason (6)Welcome to Working Lives.  My name is Jason Russell.  I am an Associate Professor of History and Labor Studies at Empire State College – State University of New York .  I have been working full-time in academia since 2010, but I was a part-time instructor for several years before joining Empire State College.  I also worked in the gas utility industry for seventeen years in unionized operations roles.  My Ph.D. is in History from York University in Toronto, Canada.

My current research focuses on labour and management in Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s.  I have a new book that was published in October 2020 by Between the Lines Books called Leading Progress: the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, 1920 – 2020.  I have also written a popular history of work in Canada called Canada, A Working History that will be published by Dundurn in March 2021.  My first book — Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990 —  was published by Athabasca University Press in 2011.  My second book — Making Managers in Canada, 1945 – 1995: Companies, Community Colleges, and Universities — was published by Routledge in 2018.  I have an additional book under contract with Routledge titled Management and Labor Conflict: A North American History that will be part of the Routledge Focus series.

Here is the latest version of my CV:  Jason Russell CV 21 December 2020

I can be reached at

An interview with Ian Manborde from Ruskin College in 2014