Associate Professor and Department Chair, 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. Dr. Coulter has studied intersectional strategies for improving work in the sector, gender and 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.
- (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: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, 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.