Biography


As Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), it is my duty to oversee many of the faculty’s necessary functions. This includes, but is not limited to: the assistance and support of FASS courses, programs, departments, faculty, students, research. In the role of Dean, I also act as the primary connection between FASS and senior university administration.

My home department at Carleton University is Sociology and Anthropology, where I have been a faculty member in Sociology since 1980.

I was  the Director of Carleton’s Institute of Political Economy from 1993 to 2001. In 2002, I was appointed as Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, and from 2010 to 2014 I was an Associate Dean and then Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

As a researcher and teacher, I am interested in political economy, Canadian society, social stratification, the labour process; case studies of class formation and the labour process in mining and fishing; national survey of class structure and gender in Canada, with a comparison to Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States; class and the state in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Japan, West Germany, and the United Kingdom; comparative labour market policies and practices. I have lived, taught and done research in Sweden, Germany, and Japan.

 Some of my notable publications include: 

Relations of Ruling: Class and Gender in Postindustrial Societies (co-authored with John Myles). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. xiii, 297 (1994). (Winner of the 1995 Harold Adams Innis Book Prize awarded by the Social Science Federation of Canada)

Understanding Canada: Building on the New Canadian Political Economy, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 408 (1997).

Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation, (edited with Leah Vosko), Montreal: McGill-Queen‚s University Press (2002).

 ” ‘Who Works’ Comparing Labour Market Practices” in Reconfigurations of Class and Gender, edited by Janeen Baxter and Mark Western. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, Chapter 5, pp. 55-80 (2001).

Canadian Political Economy’s Legacy for Sociology,” Special Issue “Legacy for a New Millennium” edited by Harry H. Hiller, Canadian Journal of Sociology 26:3, Summer, pp. 405-420 (2001).