Dr. Simon Black

Associate Professor, Labour Studies

Office: PLZ 333
905-688-5550 x5350


PhD, York Univeristy
MA, McMaster University
BA(Hons.), University of Toronto

Research Interests

  • Unions and Labour Movements

  • Working-Class Politics

  • Care Work and Social Reproduction

  • Racism, Racialization, and Work

  • Social Movement Organizing, Collective Action, and Social Change

  • Labour, Cities, and Urban Inequality

  • Marxist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Theory

  • Black, Simon. 2022. “Essential But Not Empowered: Reflections on the Working Class in Canada Under COVID-19.” Studies in Political Economy 103 (2): 130-152.
  • Black, Simon. 2021. “Community Unionism and Alt-Labour in Canada.” In Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, Second Edition, (eds.) Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage. Halifax: Fernwood.
  • Black, Simon. 2020. Social Reproduction and the City: Welfare, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Black, Simon. 2019. “Playing Left Wing: Renewing a Political Economy of Sport.” Pp. 315-332 in Change and Continuity: Canadian Political Economy in the New Millenium, (eds.) Mark P. Thomas, Leah F. Vosko, Carlo Fanelli and Olena Lyubchenko. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Black, Simon. 2018. “Community Unionism Without the Community? Lessons from Labor-Community Coalitions in the Canadian Child Care Sector.” Labour Studies Journal 43 (2): 118-140.
  • Black, Simon. 2018. “Anti-Unionism in Professional Sport: The Case of the CHL.” Pp. 83-97 in Labour Under Attack: Anti-Unionism in Canada, (eds.) Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage. Halifax: Fernwood.
  • Black, Simon (Producer/Researcher). 2017. It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform. Documentary Short.  
  • Black, Simon. 2017. “In Defence of ‘Gold-Plated’ Child Care: Union Struggles to Preserve Quality Care and Quality Care Work in Toronto.” Pp. 189-207 in Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change, (ed.) Ian MacDonald. New York: Cornell University Press.