Dr. Kendra Coulter

Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Kendra Coulter

Associate Professor, Centre for Labour Studies

Office: PLZ 331 | Email: kcoulter@brocku.ca | Phone: 905.688.5550 ext. 5349

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

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, sustainable societies. She is a path-making analyst of labour involving animals, and her latest SSHRC-funded research focuses on how to conceptualize, expand, and create what she calls humane jobs: jobs that are good for both people and animals. Recognized as Canada's leading academic expert on retail workers, Dr. Coulter continues to study gendered and intersectional strategies for improving work in the sector. She is leading a team that is examining gender and pay in retail, and this project is funded by a grant from the Ontario Pay Equity Commission.

Visit Revolutionizing Retail       @DrKendraCoulter on Twitter

New research profiled in the Toronto Star and by the Animals and Society Institute

Faculty Member in the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies and the MA in Critical Sociology

Editorial Board Member of Labour/Le Travail

Courses: Fall 2015-Winter 2016

2Q95 Animals at Work | 3P06 Class and Culture

3P91 Labour Studies Theory and Methods | 4P31 Women, Work, and Unions


Books Authored

(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.

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

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






Dr. Kendra Coulter