Mind the Gaps

Research Interests: social movements, social activism, social change, Canadian politics, global citizenship, Community Service Learning

After Sixty Years, Canada’s New Democratic Party Must Embrace Class Struggle

“Thirty Years to Catastrophe: The Climate Crisis and Neoliberalism,” NICHE.

“Abdication of Opposition: The CCF/NDP and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Canada,” The History of Neoliberalism in Canada.

Jacobin: Canada’s NDP Should Stop Making Excuses and Find Ways to Win

Jacobin: The Regina Manifesto and the Origins of Canada’s Parliamentary Socialists

“Social Democracy/Socialism,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Canadian Politics, eds. Manon Tremblay & Joanna Everitt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020): 57-78.

Lee Easton, Roberta Lexier, Gabrielle Lindstrom, Michelle Yeo, “Uncovering the Complicit: The Decoding Interview as a Decolonizing Practice,” in Reimagining curriculum: spaces for disruption, ed. Lynn Quinn (Johannesburg: African Sun Press, 2019): 149-169.

“Resisting the Ivory Tower: Liberal Education and Social Change,” in Liberal Education and the Idea of the University, eds. Karim Dharamsi & Jim Zimmer (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2019).

“Challenge From Within: The NDP and Social Movements,” in Party of Conscience: The CCF, The NDP, and Social Democracy in Canada, eds. Roberta Lexier, Stephanie Bangarth & Jon Weier (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2018).

Party of Conscience: The CCF, The NDP, and Social Democracy in Canada, co-edited with Stephanie Bangarth & Jon Weier (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2018).

Jennifer Pettit, Melanie Rathburn, Victoria Calvert, Roberta Lexier, Margot Underwood, Judy Gleeson and Yasmin Dean, “Building Bridges from the Decoding Interview to Teaching Practice,” New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Volume 2017, Issue 150 (2017), 75-85.

Roberta Lexier, “Two Nations in Canada: The New Democratic Party, the Waffle Movement, and Nationalism in Quebec,” British Journal of Canadian Studies Vol.30, No.1 (2017).

Roberta Lexier & Melanie Rathburn, “Global Citizenship in Canadian Universities: A New Framework,” Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education Vol.5, No. 1 (2016).

Janice Miller-Young, Yasmin Dean, Melanie Rathburn, Jennifer Pettit, Margot Underwood, Judy Gleeson, Roberta Lexier, Victoria Calvert, Patti Clayton, “Decoding Ourselves: An Inquiry into Faculty Learning About Reciprocity in Service-Learning,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Vol.22, No.1 (2015), 32-47.

Roberta Lexier, “Waffling Towards Parity in the New Democratic Party,” in Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics, eds. Roberta Lexier & Tamara A. Small (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2013).

Roberta Lexier and Tamara A. Small (eds)., Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2013).

Roberta Lexier, “To Struggle Together or Fracture Apart: The Sixties Student Movements at English Canadian Universities,” in Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties, eds. Greg Kealey, Dominique Clement & Lara Campbell (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Roberta Lexier, “How Did the Women’s Liberation Movement Emerge From The Sixties Student Movements: The Case of Simon Fraser University,” Women and Social Movements in America, 1600-2000 Vol.13, No.2 (Fall 2009).

Roberta Lexier, “The Community of Scholars: The English-Canadian Student Movement and University Governance,” in Mobilizations, Protests and Engagements: Social Movements in Canada, eds. Marie Hammond-Callaghan & Matthew Hayday (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2008), 125-144.

Roberta Lexier, «Transformer les Universités ou la société: Les mouvements étudiants dans les années soixante dans les universités canadiennes-anglaises,» Bulletin d’Histoire Politique Vol.16, No.2 (hiver 2008), 117-132.

Roberta Lexier, “‘The Backdrop Against Which Everything Happened’: English-Canadian Student Movements and Off-Campus Movements for Change,” History of Intellectual Culture Vol.7, No.1 (2007).

Roberta Lexier, “Dreaming of a Better World: Student Rebellion in 1960s Regina,” Past Imperfect Vol. 10 (2004), 79-98.

Roberta Lexier, “Linking the Past With the Future: Voice of Women in Regina,” Saskatchewan History Vol. 56, No. 2 (Fall 2004), 24-34.

Roberta Lexier, “Economic Control Versus Academic Freedom: Ross Thatcher and the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus,” Saskatchewan History Vol. 54, No. 2 (Fall 2002), 18-30.


“Corporate Welfare Bums! David Lewis and the CCF,” Alberta Advantage Podcast, March 2019.

Roberta Lexier & Avi Lewis, “Corporate Welfare Bums: It’s Payback Time,” The Conversation, 5 December 2018 (also published in The National Post and The Huffington Post).

“The Waffle, the NDP, and Full Breakfast Socialism,” Alberta Advantage Podcast, May 2018.

“United we stand; divided we fall. Or do we?”, 22 January 2018.

Review of Psychedelic Chile: Youth, Counterculture, and Politics on the Road to Socialism and Dictatorship. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017, by Patrick Barr-Melej. Canadian Journal of History, 2018.Roberta Lexier, “‘For an Independent Socialist Canada’: The Waffle Manifesto and the NDP,” Findings/Trouvailles, The Champlain Society, 2017.

Roberta Lexier & Melanie Rathburn, Global Citizenship in a Canadian Context (SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Report).

Review of Tending the Student Body: Youth, Health, and the Modern University. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), by Catherine Gidney. Urban History Review Vol. XLIV, No. 1-2 (Fall/Spring 2015/16).

Review of Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014), by Ian Milligan. Historical Studies in Education Vol27, No.1 (Spring 2015), 145-147.

Review of Building Sanctuary: The Movement to Support Vietnam War Resisters in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013), by Jessica Squires. Canadian Historical Review Vol.95, No.3 (September 2014), 490-492.

Lara Campbell, Roberta Lexier & Christabelle Sethna, “Extradepartmental Historians: Working Outside the History Box,” Canadian Historical Association Bulletin Vol.40, No.3 (2014), 21.

Roberta Lexier, “Occupy the Classroom: Teaching Contemporary Events: A Reflection,” Transformative Dialogue: Teaching and Learning Journal Vol.7, Issue 1 (March 2014), 1-5.

Roberta Lexier, “Politics, new style,” Inroads No.29 (Summer/Fall 2011), 100-107

Review of The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010), by Sean Mills. Labour/Le Travail Vol.67 (Spring 2011), 226-228.

Review Essay, “Do You Remember the Sixties?: The Scholarship of Resistance and Rebellion,” Labour/Le Travail No.66 (Fall 2010), 183-193.

Review of The New Left: Legacy and Continuity (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2007), edited by Dimitrios Roussopoulos. Labour/Le Travail No.62 (Fall 2008), 256.

Review of Not This Time: Canadians, Public Policy, and the Marijuana Question, 1961-1975 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), by Marcel Martel. Labour/Le Travail No 60 (Fall 2007), 284-286.

“Allan Guy,” “Gordon Grant,” “Douglas McFarlane,” and “Student Activism in Saskatchewan,” The Encyclopaedia of Saskatchewan: A Living Legacy Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2005.

“Lionel Coderre,” “Gordon Grant,” “Allan Guy,” “Douglas McFarlane,” and “Joseph Clifford McIsaac,” Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2004.

Canadian Nursing Sisters Association, Edmonton Unit: A Preliminary History Edmonton: Canadian Nursing Sisters Association, Edmonton Unit, 2004.

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