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About Me

I'm a historian writing about work, violence, addiction, and capitalism in Canada and the United States.

Recent Publications

Blood, Sweat and Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960–80

"Never before has workplace violence among autoworkers been theorized and articulated in the sophisticated and comprehensive fashion that is evident in this book. We need this research for any number of reasons, not the least of which is to situate the source of workplace violence where it belongs – within the labour process."
– Robert Storey, associate professor, School of Labour Studies and Department of Sociology, McMaster University


Book talk: October 28, 2017

Presentation: Blood, Sweat and Fear at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI


Labour/Le Travail

"'Chrysler Pulled the Trigger': Competing Understandings of Workplace Violence During the 1970s and Radical Legal Practice"


Left History

“Learning on the Job: The 1998 Squamish McDonald’s Campaign and New Possibilities for Fast Food Workers.


Research Expertise

My research focuses on work, violence, addiction and capitalism.

  • Work

  • Violence

  • Addiction

  • Capitalism

Teaching Subjects