Associate Professor, Labour Studies
Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence
Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
An award-winning author and frequent media commentator, Kendra Coulter’s scholarship focuses on how to improve jobs and work-lives, as part of fostering solidaristic and sustainable multispecies societies. She is recognized globally as a path-making analyst of labour involving animals and is an expert on human-horse work, cultures, and politics. Her latest SSHRC-funded research focuses on how to conceptualize, expand, and create what she calls humane jobs: jobs that benefit both people and animals. Considered Canada’s foremost academic expert on retail work and workers, Dr. Coulter has studied gendered and intersectional strategies for improving work in the sector, public policy, and political labour.
- (2016) Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- (2014) Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Winner of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies Book Prize, 2015.
- (2012) Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann, eds. Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- (2017) “Towards Humane Jobs: Recognizing Gendered and Multispecies Intersections and Possibilities.” In Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy, and Action, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, ed. London: Routledge. Pp. 167-182.
- (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.
- (In Press) “The Compounding Feminization of Animal Cruelty Investigation Work and Its Multispecies Implications.” Gender, Work, and Organization. Co-written with Amy Fitzgerald.
- (2016) “Humane Jobs: A Political Economic Vision for Interspecies Solidarity and Human–Animal Wellbeing.” Politics and Animals 2(2): 67-77.
- (In Press) “The Compounding Feminization of Animal Cruelty Investigation Work and Its Multispecies Implications.” Gender, Work, and Organization.
- (2016) “Towards Humane Jobs: A Political Economic Vision for Interspecies Solidarity and Multispecies Wellbeing.” Politics and Animals 2(2): 67-77.
- (2016) “Beyond Human to Humane: A Multispecies Analysis of Care Work, Its Repression, and Its Potential.” Studies in Social Justice 5(2).
- (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.
- Caring for the Animals Who Work For Us
- Humane Jobs are Central to a Humane Economy
- We Can Treat Animals Humanely and Still Grow the Economy
- Women, Animals, and the Future of Work
- Poverty, Jobs, and ‘Lionomics’
- 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
- Watch Professor Coulter discuss animal cruelty investigation work on Global TV and the gender wage gap in retail on CBC’s The Exchange.
- Her humane jobs research has been profiled in the Globe and Mail, in the Toronto Star, by the Animals and Society Institute, and in Sweden’s Fria Tidningar.
- Professor Coulter’s latest appearance on CBC Radio’s The Current focuses on the wellbeing of animals who work and care for us.