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Dimitry Anastakis

Dimitry Anastakis

L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History at the Rotman School and the Department of History


Ph.D., York University; MA, York University; BA, Western University




Dimitry Anastakis is a Professor at the Rotman School and the Department of History and the L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History.

A Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Anastakis’s work addresses the intersection of business, the state and politics, particularly in the post-1945 period in Canada, and especially the development of the Canadian automotive industry.  He has published nine books and edited collections, has appeared and been quoted in the media extensively, including CTV, CBC, TVO, BNN and numerous newspapers and magazines, and his research has been discussed in the National Post and the New York Times.  Professor Anastakis has also published articles in The Walrus, the Globe and Mail/ROB, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Guardian Online, the Literary Review of Canada, and American Prospect Online.   He is the former co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review, was the first chair of the Canadian Business History Association, and is a former Fulbright Chair (Michigan State University).

Academic Positions

  • 2019-

    LR Wilson/RJ Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, Department of History/Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 2004-2019

    Professor, Department of History, Trent University

  • 2004

    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

  • 2002-3

    Michigan State University-Fulbright Chair in Canadian Studies, Michigan State University

  • 2001-2

    Senior Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Ontario

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

Honors and Awards

  • 2015

    College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artists, Royal Society of Canada

  • 2014

    Canada Prize, finalist, Autonomous State, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • 2014

    Best Book, Autonomous State, Political History Group, Canadian Historical Association

  • 2014

    Hagley Prize for best book in business history (co-recipient), Autonomous State, Business History Conference and the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE

  • 2011

    Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • 2008

    J.J. Talman Award, best history book published in previous three years, Auto Pact, Ontario Historical Society

  • 2006

    Standard Research Grant, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • 2003

    Senior Scholar Award, Canada-US Fulbright Foundation

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2019-

    General Editor, Themes in Business and Society, University of Toronto Press

  • 2019-22

    Awards to Scholarly Publications Programme, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • 2015-18

    Chair and board member, Canadian Business History Association

  • 2014-18

    Co-editor, Canadian Historical Review, University of Toronto Press, Journals Division