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Rawan Abdelbaki

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.

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

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.


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.


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 unravel the unique?constraints and possibilities that exist in global cities for the revitalization of working class power.


David Bush


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.


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.


Janet Dassinger


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.


Marisa Fassi

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

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.


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 the United States and 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; 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:


Guio Jacinto


Gizem Kezban


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.


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.


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.


Rohini Patel

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.


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.


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.