Graduate Students

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.

Simon Black

Simon Black is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University. His research is on the intersections of welfare reform, childcare policy, and care work in Toronto and New York City. His broader research interests include care work and care worker organizing; precarious employment; community unionism, community organizing and union renewal; poor workers’ unions; and labour, the city, and urban governance. Black’s scholarship employs a feminist political economy approach that centers social reproduction and explores the intersections of class, race, gender and paid/unpaid labour. He is currently involved in the SSHRC-funded research project “Placing Labour in the New Urban Economy”, and is a frequent commentator in the Toronto Star on issues of work, poverty and social justice in the city. For more of Black’s writing and commentary, see his website or follow him on Twitter.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Thierry Drapeau

Thierry Drapeau is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University. His  dissertation seeks to challenge the prevailing Eurocentric views on the genesis of working-class internationalism by bringing to the fore and exploring plebeian forms of translocalism and transnationalism during the rise of the early modern Atlantic World economy. In inverting the commonly-held standpoint from the white, waged, factory worker of Europe to the black, enslaved, plantation worker of the New World, Drapeau aims to produce a counter-narrative disclosing a hitherto neglected preface to the rise of working-class internationalism, one that foregrounds forms of cross-border resistance among insurgent slaves, sailors, rebellious servants and other poor workers from the end of the seventeenth century up to the age of revolution.  Drapeau emphasizes the significance of the dialectical interplay between the forced displacement of early working people across the Atlantic world and the emergence of various transboundary practices of freedom played out in forms of escape, flight, and desertion, and through which were created relatively enduring emancipatory solidarities over time.

 

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.

 

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; 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: https://yorku.academia.edu/IanHussey

 

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 Labour Studies department at McMaster University.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.