Dr. Simon Black

Associate Professor, Labour Studies

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

Research Interests

Professor Black received his B.A. (Hons) in sociology from the University of Toronto, his M.A. in labour studies from McMaster University, and his Ph.D. in political science from York University. He is interested in the political economy of work, labour, and care. Black is the author of Social Reproduction and the City: Welfare Reform, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York (University of Georgia Press). His past research has explored community-labour coalitions, community unionism and ‘alt-labour’. His current research focuses on the regulation of domestic work in the Caribbean and on worker organizing, voice, and collective representation in the domestic work sector.

  • Black, Simon and Lauren Marsh. 2023. Achieving Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Jamaica: Progress and Prospects Seven Years After the Ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).
  • 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.