William Riddell

William Riddell
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Building MW 204


Will is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in History at the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies. His research areas include Post-Civil War to mid-twentieth century U.S. history, Labor and Working-Class history, the history of capitalism, and the history of empire. His current book project with the University of Illinois Press, titled, To the Water’s Edge: U.S. Empire and Merchant Sailors, examines the connection between domestic class conflict and U.S. imperial expansion between the 1880s and the 1920s. His latest article, “Does Exclusion Follow the Flag: Merchant Sailors and U.S. Imperial Expansion, 1895-1906,” was published in The International Review of Social History. His next project is a social and labor history of Lend Lease. Will’s work has been presented in Canada, the United States, and India. 


At UTSC he teaches courses in U.S. History, Research Methods and Writing, Capitalism, and Imperialism.


M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests

  • U.S. History
  • History of Empire
  • History of Capitalism 
  • Labor and Working-Class History