Ben Christensen


  • PhD, Sociology, York University
  • MA, Sociology/Political Economy, Carlton University
  • BA, Sociology, Simon Fraser University


Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen is a charismatic educator who loves exploring how and why history, politics and the economy shape our lives. My classrooms are spaces in which you will analyze how society both limits your freedoms and provides opportunities, challenging students to think critically, analytically, and to become strong creative writers. Broadly speaking, my research investigates power and inequality in Canadian society. More specifically, my work examines Canadian pension policy and the welfare state, and social movements that both challenge and embrace economic globalization. I’m currently co-editing a special issue on nationalism and anti-free trade activism in Socialist Studies. I've also recently published on pension policy reform in Canada. My research can be found in publications such as the CCPA Monitor, Studies in Political Economy, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Socialist Studies.

Tel: 604 527 5319


Office: N3308G

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 1125 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 1145 – Canadian Society
  • SOCI 1155 – Social Issues
  • SOCI 2230 – Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 2235 – Introduction to Social Theory
  • SOCI 3345 – Aging, Death, and Capitalism

Research Area

Policy studies, Canadian political economy, social movements, work and labour

Selected Publications

Hurl, Chris and Benjamin Christensen (Eds.)(Forthcoming). "Reflections on the Struggle against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), 30 years later". Socialist Studies/Études socialistes

Christensen, Benjamin (2020). “Ontario Pension Policy Making the Politics of CPP Reform, 1963-2016”, Canadian Journal of Political Science. 53, pp. 1-18

Christensen, Benjamin (2018). “Come Together for Pension Justice: The History of Retirement Security in Canada.” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, Vol. 24, No. 6 (March/April).

Hurl, Chris and Benjamin Christensen (2015). “Building the New Canadian Political Economy”, Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 96. Pp: 167-193.