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).