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Graduate Students


Rawan Abdelbaki

Rawan Abdelbaki is a doctoral student at the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and completed her MA studies at York University with a research review paper titled Neoliberalism and Canadian Immigration: Rethinking the Land of (In)Opportunity. Her research interests lie in the areas of transnational migration, citizenship, political economy, racialization, political subjectivities, and diaspora studies. Her work is inspired by a smorgasbord of theoretical traditions, namely marxist, feminist, anti-racist, and postcolonial approaches. Rawan is also a labour activist involved with the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign at York.


Samson Adewumi

Samson Adewumi is a doctoral student in the discipline of Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He submitted his PhD thesis in November, 2018 titled: casualization and trade union survival strategies in the Nigerian beverage sector, and he is due for graduation April, 2019. He has published three articles, where he was a lead author in one of these publications. He holds his Bsc in Psychology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed his Msc in Employment and Labour Studies from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interests span across contemporary issues in labour and employment studies. Chiefly, his interests include emergent issues in labour law, atypical employment, globalization and work, trends and structure of the informal economy, research methods, and the responsiveness of the labour unions to ascending growth of informalisation.


Kritee Ahmed

Kritee’s interests lie in the study of the dailiness of work in Toronto and London, UK public transport organizations, in which the importance of customer service is increasingly emphasized. To investigate how this organizational discourse influences the understanding of work that serves the public, he uses a broad theoretical approach that integrates governmentality studies, political economy and cultural studies. Kritee also has an evolving interest in race and racialization in the contemporary Canadian policy-making context.


Sean Antaya

Sean Antaya is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at York University. He holds an Honours BA in Political Science and History from the University of Windsor and MA in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from Trent University. His MA thesis examined the New Left and rank-and-file organizing in Windsor, Ontario during the 1970s. His PhD research will examine the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) during the 1970s and the union’s conflicts with the Canadian state during that period. Broadly speaking, Sean is interested in labour and working-class history, the history of the Left, and Marxist theory.


Asma Atique

Asma's doctoral project seeks to use a capabilities-based approach to evaluate environmental justice issues faced by migrant workers. She is a PhD student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She holds a BA in International Relations from American University of Sharjah and an LLM in Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development from Newcastle University. Her research interests include environmental law and policy, justice theory, human rights and development studies.


Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University. His research interests focus on political theory, comparative politics, political economy, labour studies and education policy in Canada. Bailey's doctoral research compares the different strategies of neoliberal education restructuring in Ontario and British Columbia. Further, he examines teachers' union struggles against neoliberal education restructuring in those provinces. Bailey graduated with a Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick. He is also an active member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903, representing York graduate students and contract faculty.


Aishwarya Bhattacharyya

Aishwarya Bhattacharyya has completed BA Honours in Political Science (along with minors in Economics and History) from the Presidency College, University of Calcutta, and MA in Political Science from  Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She has also completed her M. Phil (which is a pre-PhD degree) in Political Science at JNU. She is currently an MA student in Development Studies at York University, where she is a part of a team of scholars working on Professor Raju Das’ SSHRC Insight project on neoliberal-capitalist industrialization. Aishwarya will be examining how capitalist accumulation, wages, and trade union struggle are inter-connected in late-industrializing Indian cities. Staying affiliated with the leftist mass organization, Students’ Federation of India, she has been an elected Councillor (2016-17), Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union . She has also received many awards for her academic accomplishments, including the Lord Bhikhu Parekh Nirman Foundation Fellowship in 2014.


Doug Billyard

Doug Billyard is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. He holds an Honours BA in Sociology & Labour Studies and an MA in Critical Sociology, both from Brock University. His primary research interests have been in the area of work and organization, focusing specifically on labour-management partnership arrangements in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. Future research will focus on the project of revitalizing the manufacturing sector in the Ontario marketplace.


Niko Block

Niko Block is a doctoral student in political science at York University. His research interests include resource extraction, reproductive politics, race, state finance, and the dynamics of capital accumulation. He has written extensively on the history of industrial development and mining for the Canadian Encyclopedia, and has published articles for The Guardian and Canadian Dimension on the concentration of extractive corporations within the Toronto Stock Exchange. His master’s research project analyzed the question of national reproduction from a Marxist-feminist standpoint, examining how capitalist states have responded to the problem of low birth rates when their economic structure demands a permanently growing labour force. In his doctoral work, Block is studying post-Keynesian and Marxist theories of financial circulation, with a focus on the problem of debt accumulation in the household and government sectors. His first book, “Border Anxiety: White Nationalism and the Capitalist State,” will be forthcoming from Fernwood Publishing in 2018. Along with Paul Kellogg, he is also putting together an essay collection titled “The Accumulation of Debt: New Perspectives on Profit, Crisis, and Inequality,” which has garnered interest from Palgrave Macmillan.


Paul Bocking

Paul Bocking is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Geography at York University. His research interests centre on labour movements, education policy and political economy in Canada, Mexico and the United States.  His recent and continuing projects include studying union organizing and Canadian mining companies in Mexico, the development and transnational movement of neoliberal education policy, and teachers' unions in North America.  He combined these interests in the independent feature-length documentary film 2 Revolución: Free Trade, Mexico and North America (2012). The film highlights the emergence and impacts of neoliberal policies in Mexico, particularly relating to migration, maquiladoras and the privatization of education, and was winner of the 2012 Documentary Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival.  Bocking graduated with a Master's Degree in Work and Society from McMaster University, and worked for several years as an adult educator and high school teacher of literacy, geography and history with the Toronto District School Board.  Bocking is an activist in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation and in his community of Scarborough, Ontario. Recent publications include "Canadian Mining and Labor Struggles in Mexico: The Challenges of Union Organizing," WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society 16 (13): 331-350.


Jana Borras

Jana Borras is currently pursuing her MA in Sociology at York University. Jana's research areas of interest are migration, gender, work and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in Canada's Livein caregiver program, a temporary foreign worker program, that attracted Filipino women health care workers to work in Canada. She is interested in how the program uses the notion of citizenship and precarious migrant status to regulate the subordination of these workers. Furthermore, the program further exploits these workers by subjecting them to precarious employment and vulnerable economic status.


Peter Brogan

Peter’s research focuses on the revitalization of working class movements in the context of the relationship between transformations in urban space, capitalism, and the rescaling of the state. His research flows from fourteen years of activist experience in a wide range of social justice struggles and organizations, including as a union activist and staff organizer. This practice has, from beginning to end, informed his dissertation, which is entitled Our Union, Our City: The Geography of a Rank and File Teachers’ Rebellion. Taking a critical ethnographic approach that draws on heterodox approaches in urban political economy, antiracist and feminist scholarship in labour studies, education policy, and human geography, it examines the relationship between global city development in Chicago and New York and the nexus of education policy and teacher unionism. In it he unravels the unique constraints and possibilities that exist in global cities for the revitalization of working class power.


David Bush

David Bush is a PhD student in the Social and Political Thought program at York. He is also an editor at, a Canadian trade union news website. 


Gizem Cakmak

Gizem Cakmak is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests focus broadly on political economy of gender, work and labour, feminist political economy, and social policy analysis. As an intersectional feminist labour activist, she is interested in studying various forms of organizing in the context of social movement unionism, and how these organizations draw upon, are limited, and transformed by the legal environment defined by the state and the capital under neoliberalism. Her dissertation research focuses on privatization and healthcare restructuring in Ontario (1995-2018) with a focus on changing workplace practices and their impact on workers, and collective labour responses.


Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests focus broadly on the political economy of gender, work, and health. Campbell's doctoral research examines the occupational health and safety of front-line long-term residential care workers in the new global economy. In particular, her dissertation research explores the health hazards frontline long-term residential care workers face in the context of their care work; care workers experiences and/or perceptions of care work, working conditions, workplace safety, including risk and violence in long-term care settings; how the hazards front-line long-term residential care workers face are related to larger structural factors and actors, and what front-line workers are doing to shape/influence/resist/challenge the conditions of their work.


John Carlaw

John Carlaw is a doctoral candidate in political science, a graduate research fellow of the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), and a research associate at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University. His work is presently focused on Canadian politics and political economy, and he is currently examining citizenship, (im)migration, and multiculturalism in Canada from a critical political economy perspective. John’s dissertation, near completion, is entitled “The Conservative Party of Canada and the Politics and Practice of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (2006-2015).” His work has been published in the Journal of Canadian Studies (2018) and in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ The Harper Record 2008-2015 . He has presented his work and organized panels at conferences including the Canadian Association for Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), Canadian Council for Refugees, the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) and community panels with CERIS and the Ryerson University Centre for Immigration and Settlement. From 2015 to April 2019 he was Project Lead of York University’s Syria Response and Refugee Initiative . John completed his MA studies at York in political science with a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean studies from CERLAC and has taught at Trent and York Universities.


Christopher John Chanco

Christopher Chanco is a master’s student at the Department of Geography.  He is broadly interested in the geographies of social movements and transnational labour solidarity as the latter touches on questions of race and settler colonialism. Current research revolves around how cross-border solidarities are negotiated and contested, focusing in particular on the Canadian labour movement’s engagements with such as issues as migrant workers’ rights, Israel-Palestine, and the anti-war movement. A freelance writer and amateur photographer, he has published pieces in a number of publications and was for a few years involved with civil society groups  in the Philippines.


Yvonne Connage

Yvonne Connage is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought at York University. She Holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Equity Studies and a Specialist in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto and completed her M. Ed at Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Equity Studies. Her research interests lie in the areas of precarious labour, immigration, race, and gender. I will combine ethnographic fieldwork of migrant Workers who works on the back stretch of race tracks within North America and in Dubai.


Lacey Croft

Lacey Croft is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds an Honours BA and MA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Broadly, her research interests include workplace restructuring, employment standards, and workplace health and safety. More specifically, Croft’s doctoral dissertation examines the use of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) for deterring risk in the workplace following job loss, mass layoff, or company closure. It chiefly considers the varied articulations of workplace critical incident and traces the role of CISD in defining employees as potential victims that in turn justify forms of psychological intervention. Lacey is also the winner of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies' 2016 New Voices in Labour Studies paper prize.


Arunita Das

Arunita Das is a masters student in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. She holds an Honours BA in Sociology from York University. Das’ current research interests lie in the race and gender relations in criminalized work environments, specifically in perceptions of sex work, and human rights. She is also interested in historical sociology, colonialism; race and racialization, historical injustice, and criminalization.


Janet Dassinger


Joseph Fantauzzi

Joseph Fantauzzi is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. His master’s major research, entitled Ontario’s Coercive Neoliberal Experiment, concerns Ontario government spending priorities in the midst of neoliberal economic and labour restructuring. Before that, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University, where he majored in political science. Joseph has worked as a research assistant for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office and as a newspaper journalist in southern Ontario covering politics and justice. His research interests include critical political economy, Ontario politics, political theory, labour rights and activism, and public policy & administration in the neoliberal era.


Lynette Fischer

Lynette Fischer is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at York University. Her research combines ethnographic fieldwork with the anthropology of policy and practice to explore how immigration professionals negotiate and implement recent changes to Canadian immigration policies. Focusing, in particular, on how the Provincial Nominee Program significantly narrows previous eligibility requirements, and increasingly defines an immigrant’s “suitability” through labour market logic. This research looks at how local administrators “make policy” by translating policy changes into everyday practice, and explores how these changes affect the political subjectivities of those in administrative roles who are positioned to radically transform the lives of prospective immigrants, and the impact that this has on economic immigrants


Priscilla Fischer

Priscilla Fisher is a PhD student in economic sociology from the University of New England, Australia. She holds a Masters degree in Economic and Regional development and a Bachelors degree in Economics, both from the University of New England. She also completed a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen, completing a seminar paper in the field of behavioral labor economics. Priscilla’s research interests are centered around women’s work in the coffee global value chain, with a particular focus on the division of labor among smallholder coffee farmers in Central America and Africa. Priscilla founded an all-female coffee roastery in Australia in 2017, which guided her Master’s research into women’s land rights in coffee producing countries.


Kelly Flinn

Kelly Flinn is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University. Her interests include the politics of work in contemporary capitalism and labour movement renewal. Her current SSHRC funded research examines artistic and craft-based working identities, economies, and collective organization in Canada and the United States.


Niloofar Golkar

Niloofar Golkar is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. Her Ph.D. research interests are on Social relations of AI, unemployment, and state and her Master's research and MRP was on Rethinking the Centre; Critique of the Theory of the Primitive Accumulation and the Situation of the Temporary Working Women In Ontario. She is an editor of the Upping the Anti, Journal of Theory and Action.


Ali Hammoudi

Ali is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. His dissertation examines the imperial and legal history of Iraq through the lens of labour struggles and strikes, specifically of the oil, railway and port workers (circa 1921-1963). His broader research interests are in Middle East history, legal theory, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and Marxist theory. He holds an LL.M from the University of Leeds and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Toronto.  Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he articled at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre.


John Hayes

John Hayes is a Master's student in the Department of Political Science at York University. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Latin American Studies. His research interests include the mining industry and extractives, developmental states, migration and forced displacement, and political economy. His MA research examines the role of the mining industry in challenging local governance structures and changing
demographics in select communities of rural Oaxaca, Mexico.


Jordan House

Jordan House is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University. He holds an Honours BA and MA in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick. His research interests include the politics of prison, policing and state repression; the political economy of prison and prison labour; and labour movement renewal and strategy. His doctoral dissertation looks at prisoner labour organizing in Canada.


Ian Hussey

Ian Hussey is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. His PhD dissertation is an institutional ethnography of Fairtrade certification and of related student activism that is informed by the sociology of third-party certifications operating in the global agrifood system and by science and technology studies research on objectivity, standards, and the role of accounting in contemporary modes of governance. For his dissertation, Hussey is recipient of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2010-2012) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2012-2013). Hussey has published in Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements; Canadian Journal of Sociology; Canadian Journal of Globalization; Socialist Studies Journal; and Journal of Business Ethics. His fields of scholarly interest include fair trade, institutional ethnography, science and technology studies, postcolonial studies, political economy, and social movements. Most of his publications can be downloaded from his webpage:


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Alia Karim

Alia Karim is a Ph. D candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She earned a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mount Allison University. Her research interests include Indigenous and non-Indigenous alliances, labour-community coalitions, labour geography, decolonization, land-based direct actions, Marxist, anti-racist and feminist political economy, and ecosocialism. She is currently a coordinator of the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign at York and co-chair of Accessibility, Community, Equity (ACE). Additionally, she is a member of Real Food Real Jobs, Toronto Worker’s History Project and the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council. You can follow her on Twitter.


Bruce Kecskes

Bruce Kecskes is a Masters student in the department of political science. His research interests concern the relationship between the global political economy and labour politics. Specifically he is concerned with the effect that ongoing neoliberal marketisation has had on the precariatization of the working class. His Masters research project is intended to analyze the variegated modes of resistance to neoliberal globalization pursued by precariatized members of the labour community. He is particularly interested in the relationship between globalization, precarious labour, and the resurgence of atavistic forms of nationalist politics.


Konstantin Kilibarda

Konstantin Kilibarda is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University. His dissertation addresses neoliberal restructuring in Montenegro and its impact on working lives and notions of citizenship in the newly independent state. The project is based on interviews with local workers and organizers. His research interests include processes of neoliberalization; labor market reforms; gendered and racialized labour market segmentation; globalization; precarious work; deindustrialization; informal economies; post-socialist transitions; transnational criminal networks; social movements; post-colonial theory; international relations; settler-colonialism; and the political economy of new media. Kilibarda currently teaches in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University.


Adam King

Adam King is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology. His research is concerned with the political economy and labour relations of the mining sector. His dissertation explores the impacts of transnational ownership and restructuring at mines in Sudbury, Ontario. Further, he is interested in the ways in which workers adapt to workplace and community changes through processes of collective remembering and identity formation, as well as how these processes are complicating questions of class and nationality.


Candies Kotchapaw

Candies Kotchapaw is a Master of Social Work student at York University. She is an emerging researcher whose interest looks at the issues of race relations in Canada. Her current research paper submission is a pre-cursor to the Major Research component of her Master of Social Work degree, looking at how social work education has been constructed to inadvertently replicate colonial practices that the profession itself fundamentally opposes. Candies’ aim is to further study the absence of social work in the practice space of Canadian Public Policy. In so doing, create a space for racialized social workers to see public policy as a legitimate place for social work practice as opposed to determining that direct social work practice is the only way to further social justice, advocacy and education within the Canadian society.


Kait Kribs

Kait Kribs is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University/Ryerson University. She holds a MA in Popular Culture and a BA in Communication, Media and Culture Studies from Brock University. Focusing on issues of labour in the the cultural industries, Kait’s research concentrates on the increased reliance upon digital distribution platforms, the rise of disintermediation, and its impact upon the labour conditions of independent and emerging musicians


Danielle Landry

Danielle is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds a BA in Sociology and a certificate in Accessible Practices from Ryerson University and an MA in Sociology from York University. Broadly, her research interests include critical disability studies, mad studies, and sociology of health and illness. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research aims to re-theorize how we understand accessibility for people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace. This research will involve conducting a case study of social enterprises run by psychiatric consumer/survivors operating in Ontario. Danielle currently teaches the course Mad People’s History in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University.
She has published in Disability & Society, Studies in the Education of Adults, and Studies in Social Justice.


Monika Lemke  

Monika Lemke is a PhD Candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at York University. Her research interests include the role of individual subjectivity and affect in labour movements, the social history of labour movements in post-secondary institutions, and legal consciousness among rank-and-file members. Her current research undertaking concerns the memorialization of CUPE 3903’s 2018 strike.


Nadjie Danielle Magsumbol  

Dani Magsumbol is a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at York University. Her research interests focuses on the Filipinx-Canadian labour diaspora, and the subsequent social reproductive choices that migrant families make in "becoming" Filipinx-Canadian, with a particular focus on migrant families headed by women who acquired permanent resident status through the Live-In Caregiver Program (1992-2013). She completed her MSc in Planning at the University of Toronto, where her research focused on the bifurcated nature of privacy within middle- and upper-class Canadian homes that employed full-time waged workers through the Live-In Caregiver Program, and the way that safety within these peculiar and often hostile work environments was experienced and understood by the temporary migrant workers.


Christopher Mastrocola 

Christopher Mastrocola is a graduate student in Social and Political Thought at York University. His broad research interests include political economy, political theory, labour relations, technology and labour, participatory economics, and the concept of alienation within the labour process. His most recent SSHRC funded research focuses on the theory and practice of cooperatives with the field of social economy. More specifically, it seeks to situate this theory and practice within a broader historical context in order to critically examine its limits and potentials.


Tinu K. Mathew 

Tinu K. Mathew holds a Masters degree in Labour Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India (through Global Labour University, ILO). He was also a DAAD Scholar with the University of Kassel, Germany in the Labour Policies and Globalization program. He is currently enrolled as a part time student with Human Resource Management courses at Seneca College. He has experience working with corporate companies, non-governmental organizations and trade unions. He worked as a research intern with a trade union during his Masters and the full text of his research is available at His areas of interest include precarious work in informal economy, unionization of informal sector workers, collective bargaining and tripartite set up, decent work in informal economy, labour laws and informal sector workers and the contribution of education and skill development to the overall growth of human capital in informal economy.


Rupinder Minhas 

Rupinder is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Program in Geography at York University. She holds a HBA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and completed her MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston. Her dissertation examines the relation between the political economy of uneven development and its political implications - opportunities and challenges for mobilization - for communist parties. She is examining this in the specific context of India, which is home to a large number of communist parties and has seen communist party rule at the sub-national scale. Her research interests, more broadly, converge around revolutionary movements and their histories, as well as gender dynamics within these movements and their component parts.


Judith Mintz

Judith Mintz is a PhD Candidate in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies program at York University, Toronto (expected March 2018). 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.


Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo de Souza

Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo de Souza is a PhD student in Sociology and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Graduate Diploma program. She completed her MA in Public Issues Anthropology and International Development Studies at the University of Guelph and received an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Trent University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she spent two years living and working in central Brazil. Alexandra's main research interest is in (im)migration, with a focus on topics related to pathways to permanent legal status, precarious work and status, student-migrant turned (im)migrant experiences, immigrant service provision, immigrant integration, social inclusion and exclusion, transnational migration, as well as citizenship and belonging. Her dissertation research examines pathways to permanent legal status, the inherent precarity in this process, and the ways in which legal service professionals use their positionality to help or hinder individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada.


Georgette Morris

Georgette Morris is a PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Program in Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. She holds an Honours BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies, a BA in Social Science and an MA in Public Policy Administration and Law, all from York University. Her primary research interests have been in the area of labour, policy, equity, human rights and citizenship, focusing specifically on labour-conditions for those employed in precarious areas (Live in caregiver). Future research will focus on the experiences of racialized Jamaican women in service based work in the GTA.


Janine Mueller 


Amadeus  Narbutt

Amadeus Narbutt is an MA student in Political Science at the Department of Politics at York University in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Political Science and is focused on intersections of global political economy and conflict. His proposed Major Research Project addresses the viability of worker cooperatives as a strategy for post-conflict development and peace-building in the Global South. Amadeus’ aim is to shine light on potential new foreign aid strategies, as well as investigate the emergence of digital networks of worker cooperatives and solidarity economies as a form of resistance to neoliberalism..


Rohini Patel

Rohini is a history PhD student at the University of Toronto, at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She is interested in understanding how the dynamics of the private sector, states, and civil society play various roles in governing and managing global natural resource distribution, and how access and equality to material needs can be better enabled. Rohini completed a BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto and an MA in History from the University of Warwick.


Charvaak Pati

Charvaak Pati is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at York University. Pati's research interests are in the areas of Marxism, labour movements, and state theory. The doctoral dissertation looks at the dialectic of trade union ideology and class consciousness among autoworkers in India.


Nausheen Quayyum

Nausheen Quayyum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University. She holds an MA in Development Studies from York University and an Honours BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Women Workers in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry: Class Consciousness, Agency and Organized Dissent,” investigates the changing geographies of capitalist production and its impact on labour activism in the export-oriented, ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh.


Jacqueline Ristola

Jacqueline Ristola is a masters student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She graduated with an Honours degree in Film and Media Studies at Calvin College. She is the co-editor of the Society for Animation Studies’ blog, Animation Studies 2.0. Her work can be found in Animation Studies and the film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. Her research interests include the exploitation of labour in the Japanese animation industry, and the cross cultural exchanges between Japanese and American animators.


Sarah Rogers

Sarah is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds an MA in Sociology from York University and an Honours BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Rogers' current research interests include union renewal, workplace restructuring, labour standards, women and work, and youth and employment. Her dissertation examines trade union responses to declining labour standards in Ontario’s unionized food retail sector.


Jarrett Rose

Jarrett Rose is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University. His past research interests include: neoliberal globalization, American militarism and imperialism; critical theory; political economy; and qualitative methods. His MA thesis (San Diego State University, 2015), Blowback: The American Military Empire, “Free-Market” Globalization, the Iraq Wars, and the Rise of Islamic State, focuses on the intersections between “free-market” ideology, the United States military-industrial complex, and imperialism in the Middle East, showing how the US has in many ways facilitated the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Jarrett has worked on a variety of community-based research projects in San Diego and Long Beach, California, particularly with the Fight for $15 campaign to raise the minimum wage, as well as research affiliated with San Diego State University on wage theft, time theft, and discrimination in San Diego County restaurant jobs (see "Shorted"). You can reach Jarrett via or Twitter.


Salil Sapre

Salil R. Sapre is a PhD student in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Prior to joining the PhD program at MSU, he received a master’s degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from MSU in 2016. As a doctoral student, he is interested in gender and work; comparative employment relations; informal work; worker mobilization and organization; and labor implications of global supply chains.


Siobhan Saravanamuttu

Siobhan Saravanamuttu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics at York University. She holds an MA in Political Science from York University and an Honours BA in Community Development and Policy Studies from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research examines employment and labour policy for intellectually disabled workers in Ontario from materialist disability studies, feminist political economy, and anti-work perspectives. She is broadly interested in questions of work, social reproduction, and institutional violence.


Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a doctoral student in Sociology at York University. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), a progressive research institute based in Cape Town, South Africa. His research has spanned the political economy of extractivism in Africa, inequality in South Africa and “decolonisation” and reform of higher education. His work has been published by the United Nations University Wider, Trade and Industrial Policy Solutions, South Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In 2019 he edited a book volume titled Confronting Inequality: The South African Crisis. Michael previously served as Deputy Editor of New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy. He is currently an editorial assistant for the same journal. He is a member of the editorial collective of Amandla! Magazine, a popular South African activist magazine. Michael was a founding member of the steering committee of the Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA) festival. REFA is a student-led movement challenging neoclassical orthodoxy in the teaching of economics in Africa.


Vivian Stamatopoulos

Vivian Stamatopoulos is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. Her research interests include quantitative and qualitative research methods, precarious labour, and (unpaid) familial caregiving. When she is not assisting in the teaching of courses in Sociological Research Methods at York University, she has been contributing to various research projects, including the Re-Imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices led by Dr. Pat Armstrong, the Women, Deindustrialization and Community project led by Dr. Norene Pupo, Dr. June Corman, and Dr. Ann Duffy, and the Neighbourhood Effects on Health and Well-Being Study commissioned by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.


Christine Streeter

Christine Streeter is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. As a social work researcher, she is deeply commitment to translating theory-to-practice and examining power in everyday life. Her work is motivated by extensive research experience with three renowned projects including, a SSHRC-funded study that examines unpaid work in Ontario’s long-term residential care, a MaRS-funded study on youth civic engagement in Ontario and another SSHRC-funded study on youth social exclusion and inclusion for immigrants and racialized groups in Canada.

Her doctoral research critically explores how employment experiences are shaped by current conditions of precarity for female social work graduates’, who make up the majority of the profession. Ethnographic methods mobilize this research through a feminist political economy framework, in response to the recent increase of precarious work positions within the social service sector in Ontario.


Rana Sukarieh

Rana Sukarieh is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at York University. She holds a B.A in economics from the American University of Beirut, Hon. B.A in sociology, M.A in sociology from York university. Rana’s research interests are in the areas of transnational social movements, social movements and political economy in the Middle East and postcolonialism. Her dissertation focuses on the understanding of international solidarity among transnational activists, with focus on the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.


Carly Teng

Carly Teng is a doctoral student in the Political Science department. She completed a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies at The University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her current research examines Chinese hydropower dam construction in Laos and analyzing the social relations between the temporary Chinese foreign migrant workers constructing the hydropower dams and the local Lao communities who are forced to migrate. Carly is interested participatory research action methods and using feminist international political economy, and feminist political ecology frameworks to inform her work.  Before attending York University, Carly worked in Laos as a gender mainstreaming advisor for an NGO and as a program officer at the Office of the Canadian Embassy. In addition, she was actively engaged with grassroots women’s organizations in South Korea working in solidarity on the “comfort women” issue and with Filipina migrant workers in military camp towns.


Kasim Tirmizey

Kasim Tirmizey is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. His doctoral dissertation examines labour and peasant movements in the national liberation struggles in Punjab, British India.  The motivation of the study is toward renewing contemporary labour struggles in the region. His research interests include labour geography, social movements, social history, state theory, critical social theory, and anti-colonial Marxism.


Christopher Walsh

Chris Walsh is studying sociology at York University. Previously, he studied sociology at Brock University. Chris is working on developing competencies in both social theory and sociological research methods and hopes to apply them in his dissertation research, which will explore the responses of displaced workers to job-loss.


Dillon Wamsley

Dillon Wamsley is an MA student at York University in the Political Science Department, where he studies International Relations and Comparative Politics, with a specific focus on political economy. Drawing on a variety of Marxist and non-Marxist radical analytical frameworks, he is interested in examining the ascendance of neoliberal capitalism in the U.S. over the past 35 years, and the myriad effects of market-based public policies, privatisation, and de-industrialization on the working class – in particular, the African American working class. His current research focuses on the various connections between neoliberal economic policies, the changed landscape of de-industrialized, de-socialized labour, and the emergence of mass incarceration in the U.S., specifically the disproportionate incarceration of African American people.


Anelyse Weiler

Anelyse is a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research and advocacy are focused on fostering dignified livelihoods and political participation for farm workers, particularly in the context of social mobilizing around food system sustainability. Her master’s research at Simon Fraser University explored linkages between alternative food networks, un(der)paid farm interns and migrant farm workers in British Columbia. Currently, she is engaged as a Research Intern with Sustain Ontario on the Good Work in Food and Farming Project, which aims to identify opportunities for better collaboration between social movements concerned with food system sustainability and those advocating to improve conditions for farm workers. Anelyse’s other areas of pedagogical and research interest include food sovereignty, health equity and community service-learning. Both her MA and PhD research have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Feel free to get in touch with her through Twitter.


Ghizlane Zerzkhane

Ghizlane Zerzkhane is an undergraduate student studying Global Politics, with a keen interest in post-structural studies and analysis. Currently undergoing research in post-structuralism and language politics, Zerzkhane seeks to pursue research in the field of labour rights and its affiliation with language politics, especially in the regions of Northern and Central Africa. Zerzkhane’s research interests also include political economy, sociolinguistics and migrant labour rights. In the future she hopes to study Applied Linguistics at Concordia University and pursue a career within policy research as a linguistics researcher.


Post-Doctoral Fellows


Manoj Dias-Abey

Manoj Dias-Abey is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (Queen’s University). Manoj’s current research looks at the strategies civil society organizations can employ to improve the working conditions of migrant farmworkers, especially given the nature of the globalized food system. Manoj is interested in the broader issue of emerging worker organizations—e.g. innovative unions, worker centres, legal clinics, activist and advocacy bodies, transnational advocacy networks, and social movements—and how these organizations draw upon, are limited, and transformed by the legal environment.