Thomas Socknat

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Thomas Socknat is the Academic Director of the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College.  He has taught in the program since 1993, was coordinator of the program’s Canadian Studies course since 1995, and, more recently, has been instrumental in introducing web courseware to Academic Bridging courses.  He has also taught a variety of courses in the Department of History, the Canadian Studies Program and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program since he began teaching at the University of Toronto in 1985. Dr. Socknat holds administrative positions on the Woodsworth College Council, the Woodsworth College Academic Affairs Committee, and the Woodsworth College Student Affairs Committee.

Dr. Socknat received the 2006 Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award and was nominated by the Faculty of Arts and Science for the Ontario Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.

A member of the Association for Canadian Studies, Dr. Socknat’s major research interests include pacifism and peace movements in Canada, the history of war and society, and a new interest in Student Learning Outcomes. He has presented numerous conference papers on these subjects and has published two books, listed below, a number of articles and book reviews in scholarly books and journals, and has contributed to the web page of the National Film Board of Canada.

He holds a PhD in Canadian History from McMaster University (1981).




• Brock, P & Socknat, T P (1999) Challenge to Mars: Essays on Pacifism from 1918 to 1945. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
• Socknat, Thomas P. (1987) Witness Against War: Pacifism in Canada, 1900-1945. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Selected Articles
• Socknat, Thomas P. (2009) “Canada: Peace Movements” in N. Young (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Peace.  London: Oxford University Press.
• Socknat, Thomas P. (2007) “Conscientious Objectors in the Context of Canadian Peace Movements” in Journal of Mennonite Studies 25. 61-74.
• Socknat, Thomas P. (1996) “The Dilemma of Canadian Pacifists during the Early Cold War Years,” in H. Dyck (Ed.) The Pacifist Impulse in Historical Perspective. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
• Socknat, Thomas P. (1989) “For Peace and Freedom: Canadian Feminists and the Interwar Peace Campaign,” in J. Williamson & D Gorham (Eds.) Up and Doing: Canadian Women and Peace. Toronto: Women’s Press.