Dr. Kendra Coulter

Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Kendra Coulter

Office: PLZ 316 | Email: kcoulter@brocku.ca | Phone: 905.688.5550 ext. 5349

PhD, University of Toronto
BA, The University of Western Ontario

I engage in the scholarship of possibility, by building understanding in order to propose proactive solutions and foster progressive change. My work also expands the labour studies lens to include under-explored workers, issues, and ideas. My current focus is on multispecies labour, interspecies solidarity, and what I call animal work -- the work done with, by, and for animals. Trained as an anthropologist, I continue to be interested in strategies for improving retail work, eliminating poverty, and creating good jobs.

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Faculty Member in the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies 

Treasurer of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies

Courses: Fall 2014

LABR/SOCI 2Q95 - Animals at Work

LABR/SOCI/WISE - Women, Work, and Unions

(on sabbatical Winter 2015)


Books Authored

(2014) Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Books Edited

(2012) Kendra Coulter and William R. Schumann, eds. Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power, and Government. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. 

Book Chapters

(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.

Journal Articles

(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.

 Media Publications

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






Dr. Kendra Coulter