Elaine Coburn


Elaine Coburn is associate professor, International Studies at York University's bilingual Glendon College. In addition, through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, she is a member of the Department of Sociology and the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies programmes, both at York University. Elaine holds a PhD in sociology from Stanford University, and a BA in sociology and Canadian Studies from the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to Glendon, she was a researcher associated with the Centre d'analyse et d'intervention sociologiques (CADIS) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and assistant professor at the American University of Paris. She is currently on the editorial board of the Canadian Review of Sociology. Her research interests include neoliberal forms of globalization, struggles for social justice and social theory, especially socialist feminist, Indigenous and anti-racist perspectives.

Critical Social Theory

Indigenous Struggles and Knowledges

Neoliberal Globalization

Social Justice Movements

Social Science Methods

PhD Stanford (Sociology)

MA Stanford (Sociology)

BA University of Toronto (Sociology and Canadian Studies)

Research Grant

2011-2013    ‘Alternative Policy Groups and Global Civil Society: Networks, Discourses and Practices of Counter-Hegemony’.

Financial support: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada.                   

Principal investigator: William K. Carroll (University of Victoria, Canada).


Christopher Chase-Dunn (University of California-Riverside, United States)

Elaine Coburn (American University of Paris, France)

Vishwas Satgar (public sociologist, South Africa)

Unno Yahilo (Kanazawa State University, Japan)


1998-2002    Doctoral scholarship.


                        Financial support: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

                        (SSHRC) in Canada.



2015. More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom’: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Chapters by Jennifer Adese, Kelly Aguirre, Cliff (Kam’ayaam/Chachim’muthnii) Atleo, Elaine Coburn, Jeff Denis, Douglas Durst, James (Sakej) Youngblood Henderson, Hayden King, Jarrett Martineau, Christine Walsh and Shirley Aarrestad, Rima Wilkes and Alex Wilson. Foreword by Emma LaRocque. Fernwood Press.

Special Issues of Journals:


Coburn, Elaine

Defaire et refaire le sexe, le genre, la sexualité: le sujet intersexe, trans et queer. Contributions by Arnaud Alessandrin, Christophe Broqua, Janik-Bastien Charlebois, Fabian Fajnwaks, Corinne Fortier, Cynthia Kraus, Bernard Saladin d’Anglure (interviewed by Laetitia Atlani-Duault) and Muriel Salle.

Socio. Vol. 9



Coburn, Elaine.

Transgressive Pedagogies and Research.

Contributions by William K. Carroll, Aziz Choudry, George Sefa Dei, Catherine O. Fox, Margaret Kovach, Peter McLaren, and Makere Stewart-Harawira.

Socialist Studies/ Etudes Socialistes. www.socialiststudies.com Vol. 9, No.1. Pp.206. 


Coburn, Elaine.

The Political Philosophy of GA Cohen.

Contributions by Pablo Gilabert, Daniel Kofman, Kai Nielsen, Jeffrey Noonan, Alistair Macleod, Colin Macleod, David Rondel, Nicholas Vrousalis, Lea Ypi, and Duan Zhongqiao and Li Yang.

Introduction by Christine Sypnowich and comment by Jan Narveson.

Socialist Studies/ Etudes Socialistes. www.socialiststudies.com. Vol.8, No.1. Pp. 320.

Journal Articles

Refereed Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals


Coburn, Elaine. Defaire et refaire le sexe, le genre, la sexualité: le sujet intersexe, trans et queer. Socio.Vol. 9, pp.9-31

(Review Essay) Coburn, Elaine. “Against the Grain: Sociology from the Standpoint of Roxana Ng.” Social Justice Studies. Vol. 11, No. 1. Pp.136-159.


(Article). Coburn, Elaine. “Theorizing Colonial Capitalism and Indigenous Liberation: Contemporary Indigenous Scholarship from Lands Claimed by Canada. ”

Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 97, No. 3. Pp. 285-307.


 (Comment). Coburn Elaine. “New Canadian Political Economy and the Relations of Ruling: A Comment on C. Hurl and B. Christensen”. Studies in Political Economy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07078552.2016.1220072. Pp.206--215.

(Research Note) Coburn, Elaine. “Economic Inequality Matters: Reflections on Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century”.Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.11, No.1. Pp.193-204.


(Article). Coburn, Elaine with Robert Bright, Julie Faye, Derek Gafijczuk, Karen Hollander, Janny Jung and Helen Syrmbos.“Mainstream and Marginal Newspaper Coverage of the 1995 Quebec Referendum: An Inquiry into the Functioning of the Canadian Public Sphere”in the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology. 36:3. August edition.


Book Chapters

Chapters in Books (refereed chapters preceeded by an *).


*Carroll, William K. and Elaine Coburn. “Counterhegemonic and Cognitive Practice in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups”. Think Tanks: Key Spaces in the Global Production of Power. Edited by Alexandra Sallas-Porras and Georgina Murray.

Palgrave Macmillan. Pp.187-217.

This is a substantially revised version of Carroll and Coburn 2016.


Coburn, Elaine.

Economics as Ideology: Challenging Expert Political Power.State of Power 2016. Amsterdam: The Transnational Institute. Pp.52-71.


Reprinted simultaneously in translation in Spanish. “La economía como ideología: desafiando el poder político de los expertos. Estado del podor 2016.

Amsterdam: The Transnational Institute. Pp.1-24.


*Coburn, Elaine and Clifford (Kam'ayaam/Chachim'multhnii) Atleo.

Not Just Another Social Movement: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. A World To Win. Edited by William K. Carroll and Kanchan Sarker.

Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press. Pp. 176-195.


*Carroll, William K. and Elaine Coburn.

“Alternative Knowledge Projects and Cognitive Praxis.” Expose, Oppose Propose: Alternative Policy Groups and the Struggle for Global Justice by William. K. Carroll.

Halifax: Fernwood Press.



Coburn,Elaine. “Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence: An Introduction”. Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Edited by Elaine Coburn.

Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.24-44.


Durst, Douglas and Elaine Coburn. “Who Is Ready to Listen?”: Aboriginal Persons with Disabilities.” Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Edited by Elaine Coburn.

Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.88-104.



*Coburn, Elaine. “Globalization and Women: A Marxist Feminist Introduction”. Gendered Intersections. Second Edition. Edited by Lesley Biggs, Pamela Downe and Susan Gingell. Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.379-384.


*Coburn, Elaine.“Resisting Neoliberal Capitalism: Insights from Political Economy.” Relations of Global Power: Neoliberal Order and Disorder. Edited by Stephen McBride and Gary Teeple.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp.194-226.



*Coburn, David and Elaine Coburn. “Health and Health Inequalities in a Neo-Liberal Global World.” Economics and Health Equity. Edited by Gavin Mooney and Diane McIntyre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp.13-35.


*Coburn, Elaine. “Commodification or Rationalization? Yes Please! Technology Transfer Talk in the Canadian Context”. Towards a Multiversity? Universities Between Global Trends and National Traditions. Edited by Georg Krücken, Anna Kosmützky, and Marc Torka.

Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. Pp.235-259.



*Coburn,Elaine. “Globalization and Women.” Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women’s and Gender Studies. Edited by Lesley Biggs and Pamela Downe.

Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.393-398.



*Carroll, William K. and Elaine Coburn. “Social Movements and Transformation.” Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation. Edited by Wallace Clement and Leah F. Vosko.

Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Pp.79-105.


*Coburn, Elaine.“La Bataille de Seattle: Portrait d’une manifestation en mouvement.” Un autre monde est possible. Contestations, dérives et surprises dans l’altermondialisation. Edited by Michel Wieviorka.

Paris: Balland Press. Pp.155-176.


Reprinted in translation in 2009. “La Batalla de Seattle”. Otro mundo…:Discrepancias, sorpresas y derives en al antimundializacion. Edited by Michel Wieviorka.

Fundo de cultura economica. Pp.186-211.


Coburn, Elaine. “Interrogating Globalization: Emerging Contradictions and Conflicts. Global Shaping and Its Alternatives. Edited by Yildiz Atasoy and William K. Carroll.

Garamond Press. Pp.111-136.


Other Publications

Non-refereed Articles


Coburn Elaine, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, George Sefa Dei and Makere Stewart-Harawira.

“‘Unspeakable Things’: Indigenous Research and Social Science”:

Socio. No. 2. Pp. 331-347.


Coburn, Elaine. “Indigenous Research as Resistance”.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 9, No.1. Pp.52-63.



Coburn, Elaine. “Thinking About Class, Race, Gender: Himani Bannerji and G.A. Cohen on Capitalism and Socialism.”

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.8, No.1, Pp.1-19.


Encyclopedia Entries


Coburn, Elaine. Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmut Anheier.

Sage Publications.

“Class” (3000 words)

“Inequality” (3000 words)

“Intellectual Property” (2000 words)

“Transnational Justice Movements” (2000 words)



Coburn, Elaine. Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Edited by George A. Barnett, Geoffrey J. Golson.

Sage Publications.

“Social Stratification” (1000 words).


Book review essays (more than 4000 words and subject to editorial review)


Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Glen Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Mask: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition.

Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory. Vol. 63, No. 148:72-85.

Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Abigail Bakan and Enakshi Dua’s Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.

Canadian Review of Sociology. 53 (2). Pp. 253-263.


Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky and Alf Gunvald Nilsen. Marxism and Social Movements.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.11, No.1. Pp. 237-250.


Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Maggie Walter and Chris Andersen’s Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology. Left Coast Press.

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society. Vol. 4 (2). Pp. 123-133.

Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Nancy Fraser’s Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis.International Critical Thought. Vol.5 (4). Pp. 509-517. 


Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Achille Mbembe’s Critique de la raison nègre.

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society. Vol. 3, No.2. Pp. 176-186.

Reprinted January 28, 2015. African Studies Association. Blog. http://www.africanstudies.org/blog


Coburn, Elaine. Review essay of Anne Hansen’s, Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerrilla and David McNally’s Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Imperialism in the 21st Century.

Socialist Studies Bulletin/ Bulletin d’Etudes Socialistes. No.69. Pp.35-39

 Book reviews


Coburn, Elaine. Review of Escape from the Staples Trap: Canadian Political Economy After Left Nationalism by Paul Kellogg. University of Toronto Publishers.The Canadian Journal of Political Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0008423917001056

Coburn, Elaine.  Review of Raptis, Helen with members of the Tsimshian Nation. What We Learned: Two Generations Reflect on Tsimshian Education and the Day Schools. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. Oral History Forum d’histoire orale. Vol. 37, pp.1-5.

Coburn, Elaine. Review of Sa’ar, Amalia. 2017. Economic citizenship: neoliberal paradoxes of empowerment. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Press. Journal of Gender Studies. Vol. 26, No. 3.


Coburn, Elaine. Review of Jean-Pierre Dupuy’s L’avenir de l’économie: Sortir de l’économystification.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 9, No.2. Pp.204-208.



Coburn, Elaine.Review of Fuyuki Kurasawa’s The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 5, No.2, Pp. 154-156.



Coburn, Elaine.Review of Richard Sandbrook et al’s Social Democracy in the Global Periphery: Origins, Challenges, Prospects.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.4, No.2. Pp.93-96.



Coburn, Elaine. Review of William K. Carroll and R.S. Ratner (editors), Challenges and Perils: Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.2, No.1. pp.129-131.



Coburn, Elaine. Review of Henry Giroux’s The Terror of Neoliberalism: Authoritarianism and the Eclipse of Democracy.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 1, No.2, Pp.109-111.




Coburn, Elaine.Review of William K. Carroll’s Corporate Power in a Globalizing World: A Study in Elite Social Organization.

Socialist Studies Bulletin/ Bulletin d’Etudes Socialistes. No. 73, Pp.52-55.




Coburn, Elaine. “‘Pulling the Monster Down’: Interview with William K. Carroll”.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 6, No.1. Pp.65-92.




Coburn, Elaine. “Nothing Human is Alien to Me”: Rethinking Historical Materialism and Socialism.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.10, No.1. Pp.1-30.



Coburn, Elaine. “Special Section on Rosa Luxemburg’s Political Economy: Contributions to Contemporary Political Theory and Practice.

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.6, No.2. Pp.38-42.


Coburn, Elaine. “I Class Struggle: French Exceptionalism and Challenges for Socialist Studies. Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 6, No.2. Pp.1-8.



Coburn, Elaine “What is Socialism? What is Socialist Studies?”

Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes.Vol.5,No.2 Pp.1-16.




Coburn, Elaine of Alain Touraine’s “Sociology Upside Down: From Systems to Subjects”.

New Cultural Frontiers. Vol.1, No.1. Pp.4-15.



August 2017-present. Editorial Board. global-e. 

Semi-weekly forum published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics Initiative. University of California, Santa Barbara, the United States.

June 2014-present. Editorial Board. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie. Peer-reviewed, bilingual sociology journal under the direction of Rima Wilkes.

 January 2012-present. Editorial board. Socio. Peer-reviewed, French-language interdisciplinary journal under the direction of Michel Wieviorka. http://socio.hypotheses.org.

 August 2011- August 2014. Editor of the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. www.socialiststudies.com

 2009-2011 Co-editor with Chad Thompson of the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. www.socialiststudies.com

 2009-2012. Editorial Board. New Cultural Frontiers. Peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for graduate students and junior faculty. Under the direction of Emanuele Toscano. www.newculturalfrontiers.org

Member of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto.

Member of the International Sociological Association.

 Peer reviews for: the American Journal of Sociology, the Canadian Review of Sociology, Current Sociology, International Critical Thought, New Cultural Frontiers, Socialist Studies, Socio, Qualitative Inquiry.