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Greg Albo
Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.

Professor Albo is also on the executive of the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto. He has lectured in universities across Canada, and also in the US, Japan, Turkey, Columbia, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Austria, Germany and elsewhere. Professor Albo’s research interests are the political economy of contemporary capitalism, labour market policies in Canada, and democratization. He teaches courses on the foundations of political economy, Canadian political economy, alternatives to capitalism, and democratic administration.

Pat Armstrong
Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and of Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto, and holds a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services.  A sociologist in the fields of social policy, women, work and health and social services, she has published widely, authoring or co-authoring such books as Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services (University of Toronto Press); Wasting Away; The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (Oxford University Press); and The Double Ghetto: Canadian Women and Their Segregated Work (Oxford University Press). Much of her work makes the relationship between paid and unpaid work central to the analysis. She chairs Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for more than a decade by Health Canada, and is acting co-director of the National Network for Environments and Women’s Health. She is currently director at York of the Ontario Training Centre and has served as both Chair of the Department of Sociology at York and Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton. In addition, she has served as an expert witness in more than a dozen cases heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to federal Human Rights Tribunals on issues related to women’s work, pay equity and women’s rights.

Linda Briskin
Linda Briskin is Professor Emeritus in the Social Science Department and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. She is currently researching union leadership, strategies for ensuring equity representation inside unions, the impact of austerity measures on union equality programming and bargaining, and worker militancies, with a special focus on on gendering labour militancies, and nurse militancy. A recent project focuses on leadership, feminism and equality in unions in Canada. She has published extensively on these themes, including the widely read book Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy, and Militancy (University of Toronto Press), which she co-edited with Patricia McDermott.  Recent publications include “Nurse Militancy and Strike Action” (Workers of the World - International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts, 2013); “Merit, Individualism and Solidarity: Revisiting the Democratic Deficit in Union Women’s Leadership” in Leaders, Leadership and Change in Trade Unions (Routledge, 2012); and “Union Renewal, Post-Heroic Leadership and Women’s Organizing: Crossing Discourses, Reframing Debates” (Labor Studies Journal, 2011). Forthcoming publications include “Austerity, Union Policy and Gender Equality Bargaining” (Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research); and “Strategies to Support Equality Bargaining Inside Unions: Representational Democracy and Representational Justice” (for the special Issue on “Rethinking Equality Bargaining” of the Journal of Industrial Relations, April 2014). For more information on her research, visit her website.

John Carlaw
John Carlaw teaches in the Political Science Department at Glendon College as a contract faculty member and is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University under its Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration Program, where he co-leads the Politics and Narratives of Migration research theme.

His work explores the politics and social relations of citizenship, immigration and refugee policy where he has also been active in civil society organizations.

John holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science, York University.  From 2015 to 2019, he served as Project Lead of York University's Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, a refugee sponsorship and education initiative at York’s Centre for Refugee Studies. John turned to migration and refugee studies after several years of studying, working and engaging in solidarity and education efforts in the areas of democracy, human rights and political economy in Latin America, including working with the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), York University.

His work has appeared in The Conversation, the Journal of Canadian Studies, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ The Harper Record 2008-1015 and the Ethnic Aisle.

Soma Chatterjee
Dr. Soma Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, York University. Soma is broadly interested in migration and mobility, sovereignty and borders, and their implications for contemporary Western nation building. Her doctoral research looked at the labour market integration of skilled immigrants, and how through the notion/practice of skill-training, a specific 'immigrant' subject distinct from Canadian 'nationals' emerged in the decades following liberalization. She is currently working on a manuscript based on her doctoral research titled Skills to Build the Nation, which aims to open up a space for dialogue on the high skilled labour market as a major site for the exercise of exclusionary nationalism in Canada. Soma’s current research also explores study-migration pathways and the ‘entanglement’ of immigration, antiracist politics and Indigenous sovereignty in contemporary Canada. See other scholarly and publishing details: http://people.laps.yorku.ca/people.nsf/researcherprofile?readform&shortname=schat

Raju J Das
Raju J Das teaches in the Geography Department at York. His work on labour is at two levels. At a more general level, it concerns labour, accumulation and class struggle, focusing on the dual modes of subsumption of labour under capital, and free-unfree character of labour. He is also interested in state-labour relations, and
materialist-dialectical critique of academic approaches to labour agency. At a more specific level, he conducts research on labour in the development context (in peripheral-capitalist societies such as India). In this research: he examines the operation of (rural) labor markets, and the ways in which they are contested; relation between labour and technology including in its bio-chemical and mechanical forms; poverty of laboring families in relation to welfare policies; everyday lives of labour, including norms of reciprocity (social capital) in labor-dominated places, and resistance of proletarian and semi-proletarian wage-earners to class exploitation and social oppression. His 2006-2010 SSHRC project was on labour and neoliberal capitalism, in which the super-exploitation of male and female labour and child labour in export-oriented production was unpacked, and the concept of 'labour metabolic rift' was advanced.His work on labour is published in places such as: /Review of Radical Political Economics/ /Dialectical Anthropology,/ /Geoforum,/ /International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,/ /Journal of Contemporary Asia,/ /Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers/, and /Human Geography: A new radical journal/. Some of the more conceptual issues involving labour are also in his '/A Contribution to the Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Theoretical and International Perspectives/' (Nova, New York, 2014) and will appear in a book manuscript (for Brill) tentatively entitled /Class theory for a skeptical world/.

David Doorey
David Doorey is Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources Management and Academic Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s executive LLM Program in Labour and Employment Law. He has degrees in law and industrial relations from the University of Toronto (B.A., M.I.R.), the London School of Economics (LLM), and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., Ph.D).  He is called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia, and practiced labour and employment law in both provinces prior to returning to academic life. His research interests include labour and employment law, legal theory, regulatory theory, and labour practices governance within global supply chains. Recent publications include “Graduated Freedom of Association: Worker Voice After the Wagner Model,” Queen's Law Journal (2013); “A Model of Responsive Workplace Law,”  Osgoode Hall Law Journal (2012); and “The Transparent Supply Chain:  From Resistance to Implementation at Nike and Levi-Strauss,” Journal of Business Ethics (2011). He is also the author of the award-winning blog, The Law of Work and a frequent commentator in the media and on Twitter.

Carlo Fanelli
Carlo Fanelli is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science and appointed to the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. His work is interdisciplinary and broadly comparative. In particular, he is interested in work and labour market restructuring, public policy, political economy and social inequality. His current work revolves around two projects. The first explores how urban austerity has impacted public services and labour-management relations in Canadian cities and how these experiences differ and/or share parallels with international examples. The second investigates the emergence of living wage movements in Canadian and international contexts. He is also conducting research on unpaid internships, ‘gig’ work and labour-community coalitions. Since 2009, he has also been editor-in-chief of  Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research published by Athabasca University Press.

Fay Faraday
Fay Faraday is a social justice lawyer, strategic adviser, policy consultant and academic whose work focuses on constitutional law/Charter of Rights and Freedoms, human rights, labour and employment law, pay equity, employment equity, transnational migrant workers’ rights, and public interest litigation. She is the founder of Faraday Law an independent social justice law and strategic consulting practice in Toronto. Fay is also an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she teaches in the areas of social and economic justice, labour, employment, transnational labour migration, human rights, ethical lawyering, appellate advocacy, and social justice and political activism. As an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation, Fay has published three landmark reports on migrant worker rights in Canada. She has published extensively on constitutional law, labour and human rights.

Scott Forsyth

Luin Goldring
Luin Goldring is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include immigrant politics, the constitution of transnational social fields, citizenship, precarious work, and precarious status in Canada. Her current collaborative research projects examine Latin American and Caribbean immigrants and precarious work in the GTA, and Latin American community organizing in the GTA. Recent publications have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Citizenship Studies, and International Migration. She co-edited Organizing the Transnational: Labour, Politics and Social Change (2007).

Andil Gosine
Andil Gosine’s writing, research and artistic practice explore imbricated iterations of ecology, desire and power, and reference personal experiences growing up in Trinidad and Tobago and Canada, and living in the USA, UK and France, and their social histories. An Associate Professor at York University, where he teaches courses in contemporary Cultural Studies, Dr. Gosine’s research has been published in several journals including Small Axe, Sexualities, Topia Journal of Cultural Studies, Social Justice, Development, Canadian Woman Studies and Alternatives, and he edited the groundbreaking “Sexualities” edition of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. He is also author of the monographs Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada: An Introduction, Rescue and Real Love: Same-sex desire in international development and Sex for pleasure, and a contributor to the scholarly anthologies Queer Ecologies, Queer Online, Queer Youth Cultures, Queerly Canadian, Sex, Power and Taboo and Global Governance and Sexual Rights. Dr. Gosine’s arts practice began in 2011 and his video, photography, installation and performance work has been presented at Queens Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center and MixNYC in New York, at O’Born Contemporary, REEL Asian, Inside Out International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of York University, Rhubarb/Buddies in Bad Times and Videofag in Toronto, Supernova in Washington DC and at Queer City Cinema in Regina. Reviews by and/or about him have appeared in Art in America, Of Note and ARC.

Alison Harvey
Alison Harvey is Assistant Professor in Communications at Glendon College, York University. Her research and teaching focuses on issues of inclusivity and accessibility in digital culture, with an emphasis on gender and labour in digital games. She is the author of Gender, Age, and Digital Games in the Domestic Context (2015, Routledge) and Feminist Media Studies (2019, Polity). Her work has also appeared in a range of interdisciplinary journals, including Games & Culture, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Information, Communication & Society, Social Media & Society, and Studies in Social Justice.

Shamette Hepburn
Shamette Hepburn is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at York University. She holds a PhD in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She received her MSW at York University and MSc in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. Her research attends to the global life course and visual representations of the everyday life geographies of diasporic older adults. Her current research is focused on the experiences of retired transmigrants at the distal end of the migratory life course. She teaches courses focused on social work practice and research at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Craig Heron

Jan Kainer
Jan Kainer is Associate Professor at York University in the Work & Labour Studies Program in the Department of Social Science and in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her research and publications are in the area of gender and work with particular focus on equity and women’s participation in organized labour. She has published on pay equity, food retail, nurse risk, women in the legal profession, and youth internships. She is currently involved in the CURA SSHRC grant Work in a Warming World in which she is researching the impact of climate change on work in the food sector. Publications include “Exploring risk in professional nursing practice: an analysis of work refusal and professional risk” (with Barbara Beardwood) in Nursing Inquiry (2013); “Gendering Union Renewal: Women’s Contributions to Labour Revitalization” in J. Foley and P. Baker (eds.), Unions, Equity and the Path to Union Renewal (UBC Press, 2009); “Learning Social Justice? Assessing the Benefits of Work Study Placements for Marginalized Students in Post-Secondary Education” in D. Livingston, K.Mirchandani and P. Sawchuk (eds.), The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives (Sense Publishers, 2008); and Cashing In on Pay Equity? Supermarket Restructuring and Gender Equality in Employment (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2002).

Philip Kelly
Philip Kelly's current research examines the labour market trajectories of Philipino immigrants and their children in Toronto, the transnational linkages forged with communities and families in the Philippines, and the process of socio-economic change in sending areas. Conceptually, Dr. Kelly is interested in the interface between political economy approaches to class and labour markets, and cultural approaches that explore the intersection of class and other bases of identity.

Christopher Kyriakides
Dr. Christopher Kyriakides holds the Canada Research Chair in Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization and is an Associate Professor in Sociology at York University, Canada. He is a former post-doctoral research fellow of the Centre for Research in Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism, University of Glasgow and of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol. He is an affiliate scholar with the Centre for the Study of Immigration, Population and Public Policy, University of California, Irvine and with York’s Centre for Refugee Studies.

As Canada Research Chair Kyriakides' “Racialized Reception Contexts” program focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North, and articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. His research is guided by the understanding that racialization (particularly in light of the post-9/11 “war on terror”) works with the historical conditions of racism specific to a given national formation, but in a dynamic global context. The initial five-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece and Jordan, will examine the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impacts racialized communities in each reception context.

Robert Latham
Robert Latham is Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. He has published widely on topics including political economy, working class mobilization, security, digital activism, technologies of border surveillance, critical theories of sovereignty, transnational relations, migration, and multiculturalism. He is interested in political economy, borders, sovereignty, radical political alternatives, working class politics, environmental studies, politics of new media, critical theories of conflict, transnational politics, governance, intervention // Marxism, Anarchism, spatial politics, democracy, political ecology, knowledge, citizenship and post-nationality, temporality, international sociology and IR, imperialism and empire, state theory, and liberalism. He is co-organizer of Marxist Studies in Global and Asian Perspectives at York University. Among his recent work is the co-edited volume, Challenging the Right, Augmenting the Left Recasting Leftist Imagination.

Audrey Laurin-Lamothe
Audrey Laurin-Lamothe holds a PhD in Sociology (2017, Université du Québec à Montréal). Her thesis created a portrait of the economic elite in Quebec in the context of increased firm financialization, through an analysis of individual profiles, compensation and social networks. Her research program is informed by the understanding that financialization is a driving force of economic transformation and more broadly, profoundly influences relationships among households, organizations and the State. Her previous academic contributions analyzed gender-based fiscal policies, public indebtedness, and wages’ stagnation in Canada.

Website: http://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/profiles/audreyll

Patricia McDermott

Terry Maley
Terry Maley is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. His research interests lie in the areas of Critical Theory (Marcuse and Adorno), radical democratic theory (Sheldon Wolin), twentieth century political and social thought (Max Weber, Hannah Arendt), Marx and 20th century Marxism, theories of the state and neoliberalism. Global democratic, ecological, social and protest movements are also key areas of interest. He has also taught and written about Canadian political economy and public policy in a global context, with a focus on the transformative democratic potential of alternative, participatory community–based budget processes.

Maura Matesic
Maura Matesic is an associate librarian and adjunct professor at York University. Maura is currently teaching courses in research methodologies in the Law and Society program at York, and has published her work in a variety of journals including Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, the Charleston Adviser, and College & Undergraduate Libraries. Her current research centers on workplace bullying in Canadian academic libraries. She is particularly interested in exploring institutional structures that contribute to negative work environments; that enable bullying behaviours; and that prevent employees from seeking timely remedies through personal advocacy, grievance, and union activity.

Judith Mintz
Judith Mintz is an Academic Bridging Instructor at York University, where she completed her PhD in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies. The working title of her dissertation is “Gender, Health and Cross-Cultural Consumption in North American Yoga Communities: A Post-Colonial Feminist Ethnography.” As yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist for over 15 years, Judith turned to the academic world to examine the labour conflicts and contradictions in the holistic health world. Judith’s research articulates critical race theory, feminist embodiment theory, and political economies of health to produce an analysis of contemporary yoga and complimentary health culture in North America. Judith has published her work with Demeter Press, Athabasca Press, Canadian Woman Studies, and Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought. She also has presented her research on yoga, health justice, and masculinities at the International Conference on Canadian Studies in Paris (June 2017). Judith has delivered papers at the Global Labour Research Centre, the Roxana Ng Brown Bag Lectures, and at various conferences for MIRCI (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement). As a feminist and empowered mother of two, Judith explores conscious relationship in both personal and global contexts. She also teaches community yoga classes for Tribe Fitness and restorative yoga and bodywork sessions privately. In her academic life, Judith is developing policy and practice innovations toward intersectional equity and ethics of care work in the wellness communities for workers and consumers.

Katherine Nastovski
Katherine Nastovski is an Assistant Professor (CLA) in Work and Labour Studies in the Department of Social Science at York University. Her research in the field of Global Labour Studies bridges the fields of the Sociology of Work, Transnational Sociology and Labour Geography to examine possibilities for transnational labour solidarity and coordination. Rooted in her years as a union activist and international labour solidarity organizer, Katherine’s community-engaged research agenda aims to build the field of Global Labour Studies in Canada in ways that support the efforts of labour organizers and activists. Katherine is currently co-editing a special issue of Global Labour Journal on multi-scalar approaches to labour transnationalism and is completing a manuscript entitled Transnational Horizons: Workers in Canada Enter the Global Sphere (under contract with the University of Toronto Press).

Leo Panitch
Leo Panitch holds the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. He is a political economist, Marxist theorist and co-editor of the Socialist Register.

Viviana Patroni
Viviana Patroni is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University and Coordinator of the International Development Studies Program. Her work has focused on the experience of development in Latin American, the changing nature of state-labour relations under neoliberalism and the emergence of new forms of unionism in Argentina. She is currently also the co-director of a Canadian-funded project of activities aimed at supporting the development of a Latin American network for human rights education and research.

Kelly Pike
Kelly Pike is Assistant Professor of Industrial Relations in the School of Human Resources Management, and part-time consultant for the International Labour Organization. Kelly earned a PhD in Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University. She specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research contributes to the literature on regulating labour in global value chains. She has published peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, as well as reports and discussion papers for the ILO. Prior to her current appointment in the School of HRM, Kelly was a CLA in Work and Labour Studies at York. She currently teaches courses in Industrial Relations and Negotiations.

Dennis Pilon
Dennis Pilon is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Political Science at York University. His current research deals with unravelling the social struggles and conflict that have given contemporary democracy its shape, both good and bad. One line of research involves an historical analysis of the emergence of democratic institutions, highlighting the key role of organized labour and left/labour parties.  Another examines elections as particular spaces of social and political conflict, informed and shaped by the larger capitalist context within which they occur. Finally, his research is exploring the 'electoral subaltern' via an ethnographic approach to interviewing non-participants in Canadian elections, who disproportionately are from the ranks of the poor and working class. His recent publications include Wrestling With Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the 20th Century West (University of Toronto Press, 2013).

Valerie Preston
Prof. Preston is a social geographer currently investigating public debates concerning the impact of immigration on the landscapes of Canadian and Australian cities, immigrant women’s integration in urban labor markets, and the ways transnational migration affects citizenship in Canadian cities.

Norene Pupo

Sara Slinn
Sara Slinn joined the Osgoode faculty in 2007, after five years at Queen’s Faculty of Law. Professor Slinn’s research interests are in the areas of labour and employment law, focusing on different approaches and impediments to collective employee representation, and the intersection of Charter rights and labour law. Reflecting her interdisciplinary graduate work, including a PhD in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, Professor Slinn’s research is interdisciplinary and uses empirical methods of analysis. She has also practised labour and employment law with both the British Columbia Labour Relations Board and a private law firm in Vancouver.Research Interests: Labour Law, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Constitutional Law, Contracts

Jennifer Stephen
Jennifer Stephen specializes in 20th-century Canadian social, political and economic history and comparative welfare state history.

Mark Thomas
Mark P. Thomas is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. His current areas of research include: the enforcement of employment standards legislation in Canada; labour, austerity, and populism in urban North America; and the impacts of new technologies on the organization of working time. Thomas is the author of Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards (McGill-Queens, 2009), co-author of Work and Labour in Canada: Critical Issues, 3rd Edition (Canadian Scholars Press, 2017), and co-editor of Interrogating the New Economy: Restructuring Work in the 21st Century (University of Toronto Press, 2010) and Power and Everyday Practices, 2nd Edition (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming). His work has also been published in journals including Antipode, Economic & Industrial Democracy, Economic & Labour Relations Review, Journal of Industrial Relations, Labor Studies Journal, Labour/Le Travail, and Studies in Political Economy.

Eric Tucker
Eric Tucker has been a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto since 1981. He has degrees from Columbia, Yale and York University. He has published extensively on labour and employment law and occupational health and safety regulation and on legal history. He is the author of Administering Danger in the Workplace (1990) and co-author of Labour before the Law (2001) and Self-Employed Workers Organize (2005). He is also the editor of Working Disasters: The Politics of Recognition and Response (2006) and co-editor of Work on Trial: Canadian Labour Law Struggles (2010), Property on Trial: Canadian Property Law Cases in Context (2012) and Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (2012).

Steven Tufts
Steven Tufts is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Geography at York University. He has degrees from McGill (BAHons), Queen's (MA) and York (PhD) Universities. His research interests are related to the geographies of work, workers and organized labour. His current projects involve the use of strategic research by labour unions and labour union renewal in Canada, the integration of immigrants in urban labour markets, labour market adjustment in the hospitality sector, the impact of climate change on workers and workplaces, and the intersection between labour and populism. He has contributed to a number of edited collections and published articles in journals such as Geoforum, Antipode and Environment and Planning A.

Ethel Tungohan
Ethel Tungohan is an incoming assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Social Science. Her research looks at migrant labor, specifically assessing migrant activism. Her forthcoming book, "From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below," which will be published by the University of Illinois Press, won the 2014 National Women's Studies Association First Book Prize. Her work has been published in academic journals such as the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. She is also one of the editors of "Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility," which was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. She is the founder of Canadians for an Inclusive Canada and is actively involved in grassroots migrant organizations such as Gabriela-Ontario and Migrante-Canada.

Leah F. Vosko
Leah F. Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work at York University. Professor Vosko is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship (University of Toronto Press, 2000), Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (Oxford University Press, 2010) and co-author of Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy, and Unions (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005). She is the editor and co-editor of six books including Liberating Temporariness?: Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity (McGill-Queen's University Press: 2014). She has also overseen collaborative Gender and Work Database and Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database projects since 2001.

Cynthia Wright
Cynthia Wright is Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Trained as an historian, her broad interests in labour research include: migration and the historical production of “illegality”; migrant and no border movements; labour, working-class and radical history; labour internationalisms past and present; revitalization of labour and working-class movements; feminist political economy and intersectionality. Her recent articles have appeared in journals such as International Journal of Migration and Border Studies; Social Justice; and Refuge. She has contributed to numerous anthologies including Producing and Negotiating Non-Citizenship: Precarious Legal Status in Canada, ed. Luin Goldring and Patricia Landolt (University of Toronto Press, 2013). She is the co-editor (with Luis René Fernandez Tabío and Lana Wylie) of Other Diplomacies: Other Ties: Cuba and Canada in the Shadow of the US (University of Toronto Press, 2018).

External Faculty

Moses Adebisi
Dr. Adebisi teaches Sociology at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has had over twenty-five years teaching and research experience at the University, specializing in Industrial Sociology/Industrial Relations. However, his writing and research experience is eclectic, covering such areas as development, social and industrial psychology, politics, gender, social research and urbanization.

Simon Black
Simon Black- Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. Dr. Black's research employs a feminist political economy approach to the study of work and labour. Simon is primarily interested in how race, class, and gender shape the social organization of care work, domestic labour, and social reproduction. Recent research has explored child care worker organizing and the theory and practice of community unionism. Simon's thinking and scholarship is indebted to the Marxist Feminist tradition, Black Feminism, and to his mother, Maxine. Simon is active in the labour and anti-poverty movements.

Jenny Carson
Dr. Jenny Carson- Department of History, Ryerson. Dr. Carson studies twentieth century American women’s labour history with a particular focus on the history of service work and women’s organizing in the United States. Her work has appeared in Labor Studies Journal, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, and the Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History. Her article “‘Taking on Corporate Bullies’: Cintas, Laundry Workers, and Organizing in the 1930s and Twenty-First Century,” published in Labor Studies Journal (2010) was chosen by the journal as the best article of 2010. Her book manuscript, ‘It was up to All of us to Fight’: Women, Work, and Resistance in the Laundry Industry, under contract with the University of Illinois Press, provides the first book-length examination of laundry work and laundry worker organizing in the United States. As well as researching the historical roots of worker mobilizations, Dr. Carson currently is part of the five-year SSHRC-funded Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario project, which is investigating how low-wage workers and their allies are responding collectively to the growth of precarious employment in the 21st century. In 2010, Dr. Carson won the Dean’s Teaching Award, which recognizes continuing teaching excellence and achievement in instruction, as well as direct engagement of students. She also is a member of the graduate faculty.

Aziz Choudry
Aziz Choudrey is Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, where he is affiliated to the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation.

Jennifer Chun
Jennifer Chun- Department of Sociology University of Toronto- Scarborough. Dr Chun's research interests are broadly animated by questions about the dynamics of power, inequality and social change under global capitalism. In particular, she explores how people experience and make sense of the social, economic and political transformations associated with employment precarity and the intensification of new and existing social inequalities along gender, race, class and migration status. Her book, Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States (Cornell University Press, 2009) won the ASA Race, Gender and Class Section's 2012 Distinguished Book Award (co-winner). Her current major research project examines the affective and emotional politics of organizing immigrant women workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver. She is involved in several collaborative research projects, including a multi-country comparison of alternative models of collective organizing by workers in informal and precarious jobs; gender, migration and care worker organizing; employment standards enforcement gaps in Ontario; and protest cultures in South Korea. She is the past president (2010-14) of the Research Committee on Labour Movements (RC44) of the International Sociological Association. She is the director of the Centre for the Study of Korea housed at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Nicole Cohen
Nicole S. Cohen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a graduate appointment in U of T’s Faculty of Information. She researches in the area of political economy of communication, particularly work and labour in the media and cultural industries, media and cultural worker organizing, and journalism. Her book, Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Agewill be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in Fall 2016. Nicole collaborates with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize. Together, they edited a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, Critique: Interrogating Internships: Unpaid Work, Creative Labour and Higher Education (2015).

Nicole edits the Work and Labour section of J-Source.ca and serves on the steering committee of the Union for Democratic Communication and the board of directors of the Canadian Intern Association. Her academic research has been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines, including South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, tripleC, Feminist Media Studies, Democratic Communiqué, Canadian Journal of Communication, Frieze, NOW Magazine, and Briarpatch. In 2013, her co-authored article with de Peuter and Brophy —”Interns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting

Nicole is the co-founder and former co-editor of Shameless, an independent feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth that has been publishing since 2004 (she currently serves on the board of directors).

Thomas Collombat
Thomas Collombat is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Political Economy from Carleton University. His research focuses on labour internationalism in the Americas, the socio-political analysis of the Québec labour movement, and union democracy in a comparative approach, particularly between North America and Western Europe.

Kendra Coulter
Kendra Coulter is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. Her recent research focuses on strategies for improving retail work and includes comparative analysis of workers' organizing, culture, and public policy. She also explores animal work, or the work done with, by, and for animals, particularly horses. Coulter's scholarship is informed by an interest in gender and emotions at work, anti-poverty work, and how solidarity is conceptualized and practiced. Recent publications include "Feeling Resistance: Gender and Emotions in Retail Organizing," WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society (2013); "Raising Retail: Organizing Retail Workers in Canada and the United States," Labor Studies Journal (2013); and “Solidarity in Deed: Poor People’s Organizations, Unions, and the Politics of Anti-Poverty Work in Ontario,” Anthropology of Work Review (2012). Her forthcoming book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action and Social Change, is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Coulter's commentary on the contemporary issues surrounding retail work can be found on her website and on Twitter. She is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies.

Cynthia Cranford
Dr. Cynthia Cranford is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Professor Cynthia Cranford studies inequalities of gender, work and migration, and collective efforts to resist them. She has analyzed this nexus of inequalities and resistance through both in-depth, case studies of precarious migrant workers, like janitors in Los Angeles and temporary agency workers in Toronto, and analyses of insecure labour markets in Canada and the U.S. Her recent research compares the social organization of in-home personal care and support – the bodywork, emotion-work and housework that allows elderly, chronically ill and disabled people to live at home – across different contexts. Dr. Cranford’s book, Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances (2020, Cornell University Press)  analyzes the dynamics that exacerbate, and alleviate, tensions between elderly and disabled people’s quest for flexible services and workers’ pursuit of security.

Evelyn Encalada Grez
Dr. Encalada Grez is a transnational labour scholar and community-labour organizer committed to critical sociology and decolonial theories of knowledge production that centers diverse ways of knowing and precarious workers’ experiences within the margins of the global economy. She is the co-founder of the award wining collective, Justice for Migrant Workers, J4MW that has advocated for the rights of migrant farmworkers in Canada for two decades. Her research bridges grass-roots activism with academic scholarship and through this approach Dr. Encalada Grez has extensively documented the lives of Mexican migrant farmworker women who work and forge transnational livelihoods between rural Canada and rural Mexico. Faculty profile page: https://tinyurl.com/evgrez

Bryan Evans
Bryan Evans is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies. In addition to a PhD in Political Science from York University, he holds a Master of Arts from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University.

Dr. Evans joined the faculty of Ryerson's Department of Politics and Public Administration in August 2003, however, his association with the Department, as a sessional instructor and member of the Department's Advisory Council goes back to the early 1990s. Prior to his appointment to a tenure-stream position, Bryan enjoyed a diverse career as a researcher, policy advisor and senior manager spanning several public sector organizations including the Ontario Legislative Assembly, the Ontario Public Service and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Jordan House
Jordan House is an Instructor in Labour Studies at Brock University.

Ibukun Kolawole
Dr. Ibukun Olorunisola Kolawole is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Human Resources and Employment Relations, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria.He obtained a PhD degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. His area of research interest is situated at the intersection of changing nature of work, labour movement and labour regulations.
Dr. Kolawole has been actively involved in research through self-initiative and collaboration. He has published a considerable number of articles in accredited/peer-reviewed scientific journals, both locally and internationally. He is involved with teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervises both doctoral and master’s research at the University.

Naomi Lightman
Naomi Lightman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary. Her areas of research expertise include care work (paid and unpaid), migration, gender, aging and inequality. Her academic work has been published in journals including European Sociological Review, Journal of European Social Policy, International Migration Review and the Social Politics. In addition, she is the co-author of the second edition of the textbook Social Policy in Canada. Dr. Lightman has collaborated on research focused on immigration, race, and inequality with various social agencies and government bodies including Social Planning Toronto, the Wellesley Institute, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.

Ian MacDonald
Ian MacDonald is a professor in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal. His research interests include labour politics, organization and union bargaining strategies, comparative political economy, labour geography, urban policy, labour relations in Latin America and globalization. His research has already resulted in numerous publications and scientific outreach activities. Ian has a PhD (Political Science) from York University. He has recently been a Visiting Scholar at the Worker Institute of Cornell University's ILR School and an adjunct professor at the Murphy Institute of the City University of New York.

Dan McGarry
Currently Dan instructs for Seneca College, Nipissing University, and Ontario Learn, the on-line instructional consortium for Ontario’s colleges. He has also instructed and/or designed courses for York University, Canadore, Conestoga and St Lawrence colleges.
His areas of expertise include corporate social responsibility, precarious employment/temporary staffing, stakeholder theory, and occupational health & safety.
Dan holds a Masters in Human Resources Management (MHRM) from York, a degree in Adult Education from Brock, and an Honours BA from York. He completed a Graduate Certificate in HR Management at Seneca, where he also earned a Certificate for Excellence in Educating Adults.
His commitment to lifelong learning has also led him to undertake further studies in Industrial Relations (Queen’s), Alternative Dispute Resolution (Windsor), Training & Development (St Francis Xavier), and Management Techniques (Schulich). He holds a CHRL designation from the HRPA.
As well as being acknowledged in a number of books related to studies in Human Resources Management, Dan has been a speaker at 4 HRPA annual conferences, at a number of IAPA/WSPS sessions, and has contributed articles and/or interviews to various media outlets. He is also a contributor to the GLRC’s ‘Know Your Rights’ information brochures.

Suzanne Mills
Dr. Suzanne Mills earned a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology at McGill University, an M.Sc. in Biological Conservation from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of labour geography, geographies of Aboriginal peoples and environmental geography.
Specifically, her current research examines how labour unions are changing in response to institutional changes in the north and is entitled: “Effecting change in long-standing institutions: Aboriginal employment and labour unions in northern resource development projects.” This project is funded by a SSHRC Research Development Initiative grant.

A second research project is examining how faculty and support staff unions at a community college in British Columbia were involved with initiatives to increase First Nations’ control over and representation within the college. “Union solidarity and Aboriginal difference: broadening the parameters of worker equality within a Canadian public sector union.”

Tanner Mirrlees
Tanner Mirrlees is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Communication and Digital Media Studies program in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Mirrlees’s research examines the geopolitical, economic and ideological drivers and impacts of the ICT and cultural industries in society. For the past six years, Mirrlees has taught a course on work and labour in the contemporary information and cultural industries. He has published articles on the labour of entertainment media, such as "Reality TV's Embrace of the Intern", "Reality TV's Low Wage and No-Wage Workforce", "Producing Entertainment in the New International Division of Cultural Labor (NICL)" and "Pokemon Go's Precarious Playbour." Mirrlees is the author of Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013), Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016), the co-editor of The Television Reader (Oxford University Press, 2013), and he is currently working on a monograph entitled "The Labour of Culture."
Academia.edu profile: http://uoit.academia.edu/TannerMirrlees

Arti Nanavati

Dr. (Ms) Arti Nanavati is a retired Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She also held additional positions of Director, UGC, Centre for Canadian Studies (2003-2016) and Joint Director, Women's Studies Research Centre (2000-2005). She is a recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at London School of Economics (1988-89) and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Canadian Studies and research fellowships at University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. Arti's main areas of research interest are migration, gender and social capital. Under Shastri fellowships, she researched labour market performance of south Asia born women and role of social capital in labour market outcomes in Canada. Her research project sponsored by Government of Gujarat, explores the role of social capital in capability building among tribals of South Gujarat. Arti's recent research examines nexus among 'migration-remittances- development' based on the National Sample Survey Organization's report on migration in India.

Geraldina Polanco

Selim Reza
Dr. Reza is Assistant Professor and Coordinator in Development Studies at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He teaches and researches theories and practices of development, international political economy, migration, mobility, labour, work and employment. He has a PhD from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. His PhD research was about labour migration and precarious employment, theoretically positioned in the discourse of neoliberalism and Guy Standing’s eminent notion of “the precariat”. Before his PhD, he was a Research and Communications Officer for the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and worked for the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium based in the University of Sussex, UK. His key research interests span labour migration and employment relationship issues that are theoretically founded in the political economy of migrant labour and contingent employment practices. He is keen on academic research in growing inequalities and exploitation of migrant labourers, as a working class, within the neoliberal economic and social model.

Stephanie Ross
Stephanie Ross is Associate Professor in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University. Her research and teaching focuses on public sector unionism, union renewal, and democracy in working-class and social movement organizations. Current areas of research include public sector unions' unique sources of power, the strategic implications for unions of deindustrialization, anti-union sentiment in Canada, and the emergence and potential of new forms of worker organizing. With Larry Savage, she has edited two books, Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada (Fernwood 2012), and Public Sector Unions in the Age of Austerity (Fernwood 2013), and co-authored another, Building a Better World: An Introduction to the Labour Movement in Canada (Fernwood 2015). She is also president of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies.

Larry Savage
Larry Savage- Director Brock Univsercity Centre for Labour Studies. Dr. Savage's research focuses on the politics of organized labour in Canada. Recent research has explored the changing nature of party-union relations, the labour movement's history of engagement with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, union organizing and the strategies and tactics of unions of professionals in the public sector. Dr Svage is an editorial board member of Labour/Le Travail and Labor Studies Journal a founding member of the Brock University Social Justice Research Institute and  co-founder: RethinkingLabour.ca

Peter Sawchuck
Peter Sawchuck- Professor Social Justice Education OISE University of Toronto. Dr. Sawchuk's research areas of specialization include the Adult Education; Adult Learning Theory; Cultural Historical Activity Theory; Marxist Theory; Sociology of Work; Communication and Cognition at Work; Technological Design and Human Computer Interaction at Work; Labour Education; Labour Studies; Social Movement Studies.

Richa Shivakoti
Richa Shivakoti is a Research Officer at Carleton University working on a joint initiative with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on “Localizing of knowledge on refugee and forced migration in the global South.” Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands. She has also been affiliated with various academic and development institutions in Nepal, Singapore and the United States.

Richa is interested in different facets of the migration-development nexus including international labour migration, remittance, forced migration, gender, diaspora and Asian migration governance. She has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University.

Charles Smith
Charles Smith (Ph.D York) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.  His research interests include Canadian and International political economy, public law, labour unions and federal and provincial public policy. He is currently working on a SSHRC funded project examining the Canadian labour movement’s interaction with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is the author of numerous articles on the political economy of labour. Charles is the chair of the Social Justice and the Common Good committee at St. Thomas More College.

Susan Spronk
Susan Spronk is associate professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies. Her research focuses on the experience of development in Latin America, more specifically the impact of neoliberalism on the transformation of the state and the rise of anti-privatization movements in the Andean region. She is currently investigating the impact of cash transfer systems on women's empowerment in the context of the post-racialized (capitalist) transitions in South Africa and Bolivia, which is funded by SSHRC (2016-2019). Her most previous SSHRC-sponsored research project (2011-2015) focused on local democracy and water service delivery in Bolivia and Venezuela. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from York University. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa faculty, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University. She is also a research associate with the Municipal Services Project, which focuses on policy alternatives in municipal service delivery in Africa, Asia and Latin America (http://www.municipalservicesproject.org).

Adekunle Tinuoye
Adekunle Tinuoye is Assistant Director of Labour Management Relations at the Micheal Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin, Nigeria. He holds an MSc Sociology, Master of Industrial and Labour Relations and a Joint European Master of Arts in Comparative Local Development from the Universities of Ilorin, Nigeria and Trento, Italy respectively. Mr Tinuoye is a trainer, advocate, lecturer, activist and educator with interests in employee/employer partnerships, human/workers’ rights, gender issues in employment, global union solidarity/development, and workplace conflict resolution. He is the national president of the Nigerian National Labour Educators parliament and serves as a reviewer for journals such as Academic Labour, Research and Artistry Journal, Colorado State University etc. His current research is investigating the impact of ethics in trade union leadership in terms of effectively and sincerely advancing and championing worker interests.

Anelyse Weiler
Anelyse Weiler is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto, a College Professor of Sociology at Okanagan College, and an incoming Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria (July 2020). Her research explores the convergence of social inequalities and environmental crises across the food chain, with a particular focus on migrant farm workers. She actively contributes to several organizations advocating for food security, migrant justice, and decent work. You can read her academic writing and public scholarship at anelyseweiler.com

Don Wells
Don Wells is an associate professor in the Labour Studies and Political Science departments at McMaster University. His research interests include labour internationalism, anti sweat shop and 'fair trade' campaigns, the roles of non-governmental organizatoins in the global South, the enforcement of corporate and mutlipartite codes of conduct and the effectiveness of inter-state and non-state regulation of international labour standards.