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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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’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 is a PhD student in the Social and Political Thought program at York. He is also an editor at RankandFile.ca, a Canadian trade union news website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marisa is an Argentinean scholar doing research on the not-so-neat division between work/non-work from a socio-legal perspective. In particular, she focuses on claims for labour recognition of sex workers and waste pickers in Córdoba-Argentina. Marisa is currently an advanced PhD candidate in the Law and Society International Program at the Università degli studi di Milano. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Sociology of Law from the IISJ-Oñati and has a Law degree from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She takes an active research approach in her work.
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
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.
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 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 migration and forced displacement, political economy, and democratization in post-conflict societies. Recently, he was a research assistant at the University of Saskatchewan, examining the environment-migration nexus within economic and demographic change in rural Oaxaca, Mexico. He has also published on the Colombian Peace Process and on Postcolonial theory in Critical Security Studies. John is the 2017 recipient of the Packer MA award in social justice and plans to research the potential causal effects of economic liberalization on Central American emigration.
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 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: https://yorku.academia.edu/IanHusse
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.
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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
Rohini is a Student Researcher at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance, where she began as a research assistant two years ago. 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. She has experience in international relations, the private sector and non-profit organizations. Rohini completed a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
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 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 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 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 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 JarrettR@yorku.ca or Twitter.
Siobhan Saravanamuttu is an MA Candidate in the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University. Her research interests include international relations, feminist political economy, migration and diaspora studies, labour studies, and disability studies. Her master’s research employs a feminist, postcolonial lens to explore the feminization of precarious migrant labour and domestic work, focussing with a particular focus on women of colour migrants originating from South Asia and other regions in the Global South. Siobhan holds a Graduate Research Award, working with YWCA Canada to research and advocate to the federal government on issues of women’s work, labour precarity, housing and homelessness, and economic empowerment, both in Canada and globally.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.