People in the Department


Dr. Larry Savage
Department Chair, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 329
905-688-5550 x5007

Elizabeth Wasylowich
Administrative Assistant
Office: MC D411
905-688-5550 x4753

Diane Leon
Academic Advisor
Office: PLZ 326
905-688-5550 x4245

Core Faculty

Dr. Simon Black (on sabbatical until July 2022)
Associate Professor, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 333
905-688-5550 x5350

  • Care work, social reproduction, and resistance
  • Community unionism and ‘alt-labour’
  • Unions, urban policymaking, and urban neoliberalism
  • Athletic labour, workers’ rights and activism in high-performance sport
  • Work and racism

Dr. Alison Braley-Rattai
Assistant Professor, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 334
905-688-5550 x6651

My areas of research and teaching expertise include the interaction of labour rights and the Charter, industrial relations, labour and employment law, as well as human rights in the workplace.

Dr. Jordan House
Assistant Professor, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 336
905-688-5550 x3892

My research focuses on prison labour, labour movement renewal, and new forms of worker organization.

Suzanne Narain
Lecturer, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 338
905-688-5550 x5006

My research advances social reproduction in diasporic spaces and working-class communities, explores dissident citizenship, resistance building and labour activism.

Dr. Kendra Coulter (on sabbatical until July 2022)
Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence
Office: PLZ 331
905-688-5550 x5349

My research concentrates on multispecies labour, especially animal protection and human-horse work, interspecies solidarity, and what I call humane jobs: work that is good for both people and animals.

Dr. Paul Christopher Gray
Assistant Professor, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 340
905-688-5550 x5419

In general, I study the history of theories and practices of justice, as well as democratic theory and social inequality. Recently, my research has focused on the role of public sector workers in democratizing governance and administration, and on new forms of labour organizing among precarious workers in the airline industry. In 2017, I received the Dissertation Prize from York University. My edited volume, From the Streets to the State: Changing the World by Taking Power (State University of New York Press 2018), will be released in paperback in 2019.

Dr. Larry Savage
Professor, Labour Studies
Office: PLZ 329
905-688-5550 x5007

My research focuses primarily on the politics of organized labour in Canada. Recent research has revolved around the changing nature of party-union relations, the strategic use of rights discourse and the constitutional politics of labour.

Participating faculty

Jonah Butovsky
Associate Professor, Sociology
Office: AS 406
905-688-5550 x4371

My teaching involves quantitative methods and political sociology. I am currently working on a project that examines the political potential of Canadian popular music and another that studies the effects of left-nationalism on the development of Canadian socialism.

Tami Friedman
Associate Professor, History
Office: GLN 225
905-688-5550 x3709

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of economic restructuring in the post-World War II United States, with an emphasis on how capital migration and deindustrialization have transformed workers, communities, industrial policy (at the local, state, regional, and federal levels), and national politics.

Thomas Dunk
Professor, Sociology 
Office: STH 401A
905-688-5550 x4762

Thomas Dunk’s research interests focus on linkages between economy, culture, and society, with a specific focus on class, masculinities, and economic transformation. He is the author of It’s a Working Man’s Town: Male Working-Class Culture; editor of Social Relations in Resource Hinterlands and Marginal Zones in the Age of Globalization: Case Studies from the North and South; and co-editor with Randle Nelsen and Stephen McBride of The Training Trap: Ideology, Training, and the Labour Market. He has also published articles and book chapters on workers and environmentalism, whiteness and working-class identity, deindustrialization, hunting, and neoliberalism. His current research concerns the application of the concept of the circular bioeconomy in the forest industry, as well as industrial ruination and its link to populism and masculinities in resource hinterland regions as witnessed in controversies about hunting, animal rights, and environmentalism.

Michelle Webber
Associate Professor, Sociology
Office: STH 420
905-688-5550 x4411

My research is in the area of the sociology of higher education with a focus on the regulation of academic work. Recent research investigates the regulation of academic work (the production of knowledge, forms of knowledge) in the context of accountability governance.

Part-Time Instructors

Tierney Kobryn-Dietrich
PLZ 342

Kate Laxer
PLZ 342

Georgina Watts
PLZ 342

Professor Emeritus

Ann Duffy
Professor, Labour Studies/Sociology

Daniel Glenday
Professor, Labour Studies/Sociology