Dr. Kendra Coulter

Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Kendra Coulter

Associate Professor, Centre for Labour Studies

Office: PLZ 316 | Email: kcoulter@brocku.ca | Phone: 905.688.5550 ext. 5349

PhD, University of Toronto
BA, The University of Western Ontario

My scholarship focuses on how to improve jobs and work-lives, and foster solidaristic, sustainable societies. Situated at the intersections of nature and labour, my current research revolves around the largely under-explored area of animal work; that is, the work done with, by, and for animals. I am beginning a new project on how to conceptualize, expand, and create what I call humane jobs: jobs that are good for people and for animals. Trained as an anthropologist, I continue to be interested in gendered and intersectional strategies for improving retail work and eliminating poverty.

Visit Revolutionizing Retail       @DrKendraCoulter on Twitter

My new research was profiled in the Toronto Star and by the Animals and Society Institute

Faculty Member in the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies 

Editorial Board Member of Labour/Le Travail

Courses: Fall 2014

LABR/SOCI 2Q95 - Animals at Work

LABR/SOCI/WISE 4P31 - Women, Work, and Unions

On sabbatical winter/spring 2015


Books Authored

Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity. Under review.

(2014) Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Books Edited

(2012) Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann, eds. Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Book Chapters

(2013) “Horse Power: Gender, Work, and Wealth in Canadian Show Jumping.” In Gender and Equestrian Sports, Miriam Adelman and Jorge Knijnik, eds. Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing. Pp. 165-181.

(2012) “Anti-Poverty Work: Unions, Poor Workers and Collective Action in Canada.” In Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, eds. Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp. 159-170.

(2012) Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann “Government Matters: Intellectual Labor and the Work of Governing.” In Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government, Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.Pp. 1-19.

(2012) “Gendering Government: Political Labor and the Production of Political Culture and Policy.” In Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government, Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. Pp. 137-157.

Journal Articles

(2014) “Herds and Hierarchies: Class, Nature, and the Social Construction of Horses in Equestrian Culture.” Society and Animals 22(2): 135-152.

(2013) "Feeling Resistance: Gender and Emotions in Retail Organizing." WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society 16(2): 191-206.

(2013) "Raising Retail: Organizing Retail Workers in Canada and the United States." Labor Studies Journal 38(1): 47-65.

(2012) “Solidarity in Deed: Poor People’s Organizations, Unions, and the Politics of Anti-Poverty Work in Ontario.” Anthropology of Work Review 33(2): 101-112.

(2011) “Unionizing Retail: Learning from Young Women’s Grassroots Organizing in the Greater Toronto Area in the 1990s.” Labour/Le Travail, 67 (Spring): 77-93.

(2010) “The Stubbornness of Hope: Listening to Young Female University Teachers in Cuba.” International Journal of Cuban Studies, 2 (1 & 2): 127-137.

(2009) “Engineering Resistance: Energy Professionals and the 2005 Strike in Neoliberal Ontario.” Just Labour, 13: 1-14.

(2009) “Women, Poverty Policy and the Production of Neoliberal Politics in Ontario, Canada.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 30(1): 23-45.

(2009) “Deep Neoliberal Integration: The Production of Third Way Politics in Ontario.” Studies in Political Economy, 83: 191-208.

(2009) “Patriarchy at the Pink Palace: Gender and Work Inside the Ontario Legislature.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, 34(1): 16-26.

(2007) “Students’ Organisations in Canada and Cuba: A Comparative Study.” Canadian and International Education Journal, 36(1): 62-74.

 Media Publications

Love Animals? Support Poverty Eradication and Humane Jobs

How Unions Can Support Pro-Animal Members, Animals, and Interspecies Solidarity

We Don't Just Need More Jobs, We Need Humane Jobs

Animals Are Workers, Too

If You Want Style, Choose Ethical Fashion

Why Canada Needs Retail Jobs to be Better Jobs

Retail Workers Deserve Our Respect

Targeting Change: Retail and Canada's Future

Walmart Workers in U.S. the Latest to Demand Better Working Conditions

Of Hope and Horses: Reflections on I'll Have Another, Class, and Society

Let's Afford Greater Dignity and Respect to Horses

Retail Workers Make History

Target Takeover Kills Thousands of Jobs

Retail Matters: Challenges and Opportunities for Retail Organizing






Dr. Kendra Coulter