Edward Dunsworth

Edward Dunsworth
Contact Information

Leacock, Rm 628
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
edward.dunsworth [at] mcgill.ca
Assistant Professor
LEA 626

Canada and the World, Migration, Labour, 1900-today

Specialization by time period: 
1900 - Today
Specialization by geographical area: 
North America
Office hours: 

Monday & Thursday, 15:00-15:45 (via Zoom).


I am a historian of migration and labour with a particular interest in studying Canada within a global context. My first book, Harvesting Labour: Tobacco and the Global Making of Canada’s Agricultural Workforce, is set to come out in 2022 with McGill-Queen’s University Press for its series Rethinking Canada in the World. The book uses a case study of farm labour in southwestern Ontario’s tobacco sector to advance a significant reinterpretation of the histories of farm labour and temporary foreign worker programs in Canada.

An active public historian, I am a member of the editorial collective at Activehistory.ca, a founding member of the Toronto Workers’ History Project, and a frequent author of articles for broader audiences.

I am also collaborating with Gabriel Allahdua, a migrant farm worker-turned-activist from Saint Lucia, to write Allahdua’s memoir. The book is under contract with Between the Lines.


HIST 437: Topics in Canadian History

HIST 560D1-D2: World History Seminar

HIST 342: Canada and the World

Selected publications: 

“‘Me a free man’: resistance and racialisation in the Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program,” Oral History 49, no. 1 (Spring 2021): 71-82.

“Race, Exclusion, and Archival Silences in the Seasonal Migration of Tobacco Workers from the Southern United States to Ontario,” Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 4 (Dec. 2018): 563-93.

“Green Gold, Red Threats: Organization and Resistance in Depression-Era Ontario Tobacco,” Labour/Le Travail 79 (Spring 2017): 105-142.

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