The Institute of Political Economy was established in 1989, and developed out of the 1983 Graduate Summer School of Political Economy. The school was built on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary studies at Carleton, and on the interests of numerous faculty at Carleton involved in political economy. Many distinguished international scholars have been attracted to teach at the Institute. These distinguished academics take residence as visiting professors during the normal academic year as well as the summer program.

Qualified scholars are encouraged to contact the Institute and apply for an upcoming term.

We are currently looking for our Winter 2022 Visitor. For more information, go here.

List of Visiting Professors

Dr. Stephanie M. Redden: Winter 2021

Dr. Redden obtained her Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University in 2016. Most recently she was the 2019 – 2020 Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Dr. Redden will be teaching two courses, one for Political Economy, Work and Labour program (PECO 5504: The Intersectional Politics of Worker Resistance) and one for Political Science (PSCI 5502: Gender, Race, and Everyday International Political Economy).

PSCI 5502W/PECO 5502 [0.5 credit]
Issues in Political Economy: Gender, Race, and Everyday International Political Economy

With this course students will be introduced to the Everyday Politics approach to international
relations (IR) and international political economy (IPE), which has steadily gained in popularity
in the field over the last ten years. Students will become familiar both with more recent feminist
and mainstream articulations of this approach, as well as examine its earlier beginnings within
feminist IR and IPE scholarship. In addition to providing a broad overview of this approach,
the course will allow students the opportunity to consider several case studies that showcase the
importance of considering everyday spaces and actors in order to better understand the current
global political and economic climate in more depth. Through these case studies, students will be
able to unpack the multidirectional relationship between the global and the everyday, as well as
investigate the highly gendered and racialized realities of both spaces. In doing so, students will
be able to reflect on what impacts these factors have on how people of various social identities
choose to resist and what potential impacts their actions have within—and beyond—everyday
spaces. Finally, in exploring this material, students will gain a deeper understanding and
awareness of how their own choices and actions are connected—and contribute to—broader,
global systems and processes.

PECO 5504 [0.5 credit]
Selected Issues in Work and Labour: The Intersectional Politics of Worker Resistance

With this course, students will gain a deeper awareness and understanding of the various
important ways that workers’ social identities have an impact on their decision to (or not) resist
within the workplace. More specifically, it will explore the ways in which gendered and
racialized power structures influence the types of strategies available to particular groups of
workers. Students will explore several examples of worker resistance—in various workplaces
and industries around the world—and examine what role the workers’ social positionalities
played in the types of actions they employed while resisting. Here a spectrum of actions from
everyday forms of resistance up to collective protest will be considered. Overall, through the
theoretical and case study material considered, this course will demonstrate to students the
importance of viewing worker resistance—along with work itself—through an intersectional lens.

Prof. Kevin Skerrett: Fall 2020

Kevin Skerrett is a Senior Research Officer at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a member of the Pension Advisory Working Group of the Canadian Labour Congress. He will be teaching two courses, one for Political Economy Work & Labour Program (PECO 5503F) and one for Sociology (SOCI 5806G).

SOCI 5806G
The Political Economy of the Neoliberal State

Has the state been fundamentally changed by the emergence of neoliberalism? This seminar will consider the resurgence of heterodox political economy theories of the state following both the neoliberal turn and the recent rebirth of far-right politics. The course will critically examine recent theorizations of neoliberalism and ‘financialization’, alongside work that situates the state as both an actor and a ‘field of struggle’ over the social reproduction of capitalism. This will necessarily involve engagement with recent theorizations of class, gender, race, and colonialism as aspects of state formation and action.

PECO 5503F (PSCI 5501)
Union Power in Canada Under Neoliberal Capitalism

This course will examine the changing role of trade unions under neoliberal capitalism. While formal trade union membership in Canada has been slowly declining over the past thirty years, it is the material power of unions – both at the collective bargaining table and in the political realm – that has been more comprehensively eroded. How have Canada’s unions been responding, and how can their power be rebuilt? The course will consider a range of critical political economy analyses of these dynamics. We will also look at the differences between defensive, ‘business unionism’ responses to neoliberalism and proposals for more class-oriented and system-challenging strategies. This will include assessing the strengths and weaknesses of trade union efforts to integrate anti-oppression analysis into their work.

Dr. Katie Cruz: Fall 2019

Dr. Katie Cruz is currently a lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School in the UK, having previously lectured at Keele University and the University of Leeds. She is a socio-legal scholar with a commitment to feminist and Marxist approaches to the law. Katie currently teaches undergraduate modules in Law and State, Sex, Gender and Law, and Socio-Legal Studies, and postgraduate modules in Social & Legal Theory and Law, Gender and Sexuality. She has previously taught modules in Contract law, Labour law, and Migration and Work. Katie is a co-ordinating editor for the journal Feminist Legal Studies.

Katie will be teaching two courses in the fall 2019 term – one for Political Economy PSCI 5501F, and one for Sociology – SOCI 5806G.

SOCI 5806G [0.5 credit]
Marxist Feminist Political Economy of Work/Labour

This course focuses on Marxist feminist theories of work/labour and work/post-work, ‘social reproduction’ and its intersections with class, ‘race’, sexuality and legal relations, and anti-work alternatives, including a basic income. Comparisons will include orthodox Marxist and other feminist paradigms, such as intersectionality.
Course outline

PSCI 5501F [0.5 credit]
Feminist Perspectives on Law and Neoliberalism

This course situates feminist legal and political strategy within neoliberal capitalism. We will look at terms used to describe the co-option of feminism lacking a redistributive agenda, including ‘governance feminism’ and ‘carceral feminism’, by way of critical global south and socialist feminist scholarship and activism.

Mustafa Kemal Bayırbağ: Winter 2019

Professor Bayırbağ, a Carleton alumni (SPPA, 2007), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University, Turkey.

Mark Thomas: Summer 2018

Professor Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and the Director of the Global Labour Research Centre at York University. Professor Thomas will teach:

PECO 5501 – Socio-Geographic and Intersectional Perspectives on Work and Labour Description Summer 2018

Professor Luis Llambi: Winter 2018

The Institute welcomes Professor Luis Llambi of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. As an expert in the field of agricultural economics and rural development, Professor Llambi will teach one course for the Institute and one course for the Department of Political Science.

Professor Simten Coşar: Fall 2017

Professor H. Simten Coşar, will teach two courses at Carleton this term: Feminism, Peace, and War: Intersectionalities for Political Economy, and The Political Economy of Everyday Academic Life for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Professor Cosar is formerly of the Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.

Professor Harriet Friedmann: Fall 2016

Professor Harriet Friedmann, Professor of Geography and Sociology and Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto. Friedman will teach two courses at Carleton: PECO 5501F Political Ecology of Food Systems and SOCI 5806C Sociology of Transitions.

Professor David Blaney: Winter 2017

David Blaney, G. Theodore Mitau Professor of Political Science, Macalester College. Professor Blaney will teach two courses; PECO 5502W Capitalism(s), Culture, and Heterogeneity for the Institute of Political Economy and PSCI 5915 Political Economic Thought on Work, Wealth, and Well-Being for the Department of Political Science.

Professor Richard Westra: Winter 2016

Our winter visitor is Richard Westra, Designated Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan. Professor Westra will teach two courses at Carleton, one for the Institute of Political Economy and one for the Department of Political Science

Professor John Rapley: Summer 2015

Professor John Rapley will teach one course for the Institute and one course for the
Department of Sociology and Anthropology:

PECO 5501/PSCI 5501/SOCI 5504 – The Ethical Foundations of Economics: An Alternative Approach to Economic Theory

SOCI 5805 – Sociology of the Post-Modern State

Professor Meg Luxton: Winter 2015

Meg Luxton is from the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. Professor Luxton will teach one course for the Institute and one course for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:

PECO 5502 – Political Economy of Class: Contemporary Debates and Challenges

SOCI 5806 – Feminist Political Economy

Professor Marianne Marchand: Summer 2014

Professor Marianne Marchand is Research Chair in International Relations, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico. Professor Marchand will teach one course for the Institute and a course for the Department of Political Science:

PECO 5501 – Gendered Political Economy

PSCI 5915 – The Political Economy of Migration

Professor Kevin Farnsworth: Fall 2013

Professor Kevin Farnsworth is from the Department of Sociology at University of Sheffield, UK.  Professor Farnsworth will teach one course for the Institute, and a course for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

PECO 5501F – The Political Economy of Crisis and Austerity

SOCI 5806C – Global Social Policy

Professor Mathew Coleman: Summer 2013

Professor Mathew Coleman is from the Department of Geography, The Ohio State University.  Professor Coleman will teach a course for the Department of Political Science and a course for the Institute.

PECO 5501A – Critique of Everyday Life (click here for a course description)

PSCI 5915A – Politics, Law and Space (click here for a course description)

Professor Teresa Healy: Winter 2013

Dr. Teresa Healy, is a Senior Researcher at the Canadian Labour CongressProfessor Healy will teach a course for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a course for the Institute.

PECO 5502X – Communities in Crisis:  A Political Economy of Work and Labour in an Era of Economic Turbulence

SOCI 5805W – Qualitative Field Research

Professor Neil Bradford: Summer 2012

Professor Neil Bradford is from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.  Professor Bradford will teach:

Political Economy and Public Policy:  A Scalar Perspective and,

Governance: Taking Stock and Moving Forward 

Professor Jane Parpart: Winter 2012

Professor Jane Parpart, is a former visiting professor at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of West Indies, and professor of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. Professor Parpart will teach:

PECO 5502/PSCI 5502/SOCI 5505W Gender Politics and Global Democracy and,

SOCI 5806X Masculinities, Violence, and (In)security

Professor Andrew Biro: Summer 2011

Andrew Biro is Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology and Environmental Political Theory, at the Department of Political Science, Acadia University. Professor Biro will teach:

The Political Economy of Water (PECO 5501A) and,

Theorizing Green Political Economies (PSCI 5915A).

Professor Kate Bedford: Winter 2011

Kate Bedford is from Kent Law School, University of Kent. Dr. Bedford will teach:

PECO 5502W- Casino Capitalism and Militarized Bingo: A Critical Introduction to Gambling and International Political Economy

Professor Jeff Ayres: Summer 2010

Jeff Ayres is from the Department of Political Science, St. Michael’s College, Vermont.  Professor Ayres will teach:

PECO 5501S- Contesting Neoliberal Globalization:  From the Local to the Global