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)



Edited Book

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

Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.264.


Special Issues of Peer-Reviewed Journals

2017 [Special Issue] 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, Benjamin Moron-Puech, Bernard Saladin d’Anglure (interviewed by Laetitia Atlani-Duault) and Muriel Salle.

Socio. Vol. 9. Pp.237


2013 [Special Issue] 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. Vol. 9, No.1. Pp.206.


2012 [Special Issue] 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. Vol.8, No.1. Pp. 320.


Refereed Publications: Articles, Chapters, Comments, Interview, and Research Notes

2019. [Book Chapter] Coburn, Elaine. “Taking Space and Making Space:  Feminist Leadership Beyond the ‘Honorary Man’”. Edited by Araceli Alonso and Teresa Langle de Paz. The Time is Now: Feminist Leaderships in a New Era/ La hora del liderazgo feminista. Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender/ Editado por Red Global Catedras UNESCO en Género. Pp.133-141.




---- [Article] Coburn, Elaine. “Trickle-Down Gender at the International Monetary Fund: The Contradictions of Femina Economica in Global Capitalist Governance”. The International Feminist Journal of Politics. DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2019.1607764


2017 [Interview] Coburn, Elaine. “I Was Born Asking: Interview with Emma LaRocque”. Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Vol.37, no.2. Pp.159-178.


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


---- [Book Chapter] 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.


---- [Research Note]. Coburn, Elaine. “Résilience, résistence et solidarités”. Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme: autochtones et société québécoise – combattre ensemble. No. 18. Pp.40-45.


2016 [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.


---- [Book Chapter]. 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.


---- [Book Chapter]. Carroll, William K. with 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.


---- [Comment]. Coburn Elaine. “New Canadian Political Economy and the Relations of Ruling: A Comment on C. Hurl and B. Christensen”. Studies in Political Economy. Vol. 97, No. 3. 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.


2011 [Book Chapter]. 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.


---- [Book Chapter]. 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.



2007 [Book Chapter]. 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.


Reprinted in translation in 2012. “Saúde e Desigualdades em Saúde em um Mundo Globalizado Neoliberal. Aspectos Econômicos da Equidade em Saúde. Pp.25-53.  Editora Fiocruz.


---- [Book Chapter]. 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.


2005  [Book Chapter]. 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.


2003  [Book Chapter]. 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.


---- [Book Chapter]. 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. Fundo de cultura economica. Pp.186-211.


1999 [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, pp.313-330.


1998 [Conference Proceedings]. Coburn, Elaine. The Ontario Labour Split: The Role of the State in Shaping Labour Struggle in an Era of Globalization”. Work Difference and Social Change: New Perspectives on Work and Workers Two Decades after Braverman’s Labour and Monopoly Capital.


Non-Refereed Publications: Articles, Book Chapters and Book Review Essays

2016 [Book Chapter] 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.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


2015 [Book Chapter] Coburn, Elaine. “Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence: An Introduction”. More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Edited by Elaine Coburn. Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.24-44.


---- [Book Chapter] Durst, Douglas and Elaine Coburn. “Who Is Ready to Listen?”: Aboriginal Persons with Disabilities.” More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence. Edited by Elaine Coburn. Halifax: Fernwood Press. Pp.88-104.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


2014 [Book Review Essay] 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. 4000 words.


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


2013 [Article] 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.


---- [Article] Coburn, Elaine. “Indigenous Research as Resistance”. Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 9, No.1. Pp.52-63.


2012 [Article] 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.


2003 [Book Chapter] 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.


---- [Book Review Essay] 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


Other Non-Refereed Publications: Editorials, Interviews and Translations

2017  [Editorial] Coburn, Elaine. Defaire et refaire le sexe, le genre, la sexualité: le sujet intersexe, trans et queer. Socio. Vol. 9, pp.9-31.


2014 [Editorial] Coburn, Elaine. “Nothing Human is Alien to Me”: Rethinking Historical Materialism and Socialism. Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol.10, No.1. Pp.1-30.


2011 [Editorial] 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.


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


---- [Translation] Coburn, Elaine of Alain Touraine’s “Sociology Upside Down: From Systems to Subjects”. New Cultural Frontiers. Vol.1, No.1. Pp.4-15.


2010 [Interview] Coburn, Elaine. “‘Pulling the Monster Down’: Interview with William K. Carroll”. Socialist Studies/Etudes Socialistes. Vol. 6, No.1. Pp.65-92.


2009 [Editorial] Coburn, Elaine “What is Socialism? What is Socialist Studies?”

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


Book Reviews

2020 [Book review]. Coburn, Elaine. Review of Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith’s The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities. Canadian Journal of Political Science.

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0008423920000116


---- [Book review]. Coburn, Elaine. Review of Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Davina Bhandar, Renisa Mawani, and Satwinder Kaur Bains’ Unmooring the Komogata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories. Canadian Journal of Political Science.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0008423919001070


2019 [Book Review] Coburn, Elaine. Review of Radha D’Souza. Social Movements, Law and Liberal Imagination. Pluto Press. Social Movement Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2019.1697666


2018 [Book Review] Coburn, Elaine. Review of Ingo Schmidt (editor). The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism: A Global View. Pluto Press. International Studies Review. https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viy001


2017 [Book Review] Coburn, Elaine. Review of Paul Kellogg’s Escape from the Staples Trap: Canadian Political Economy After Left Nationalism. University of Toronto Publishers.

The Canadian Journal of Political Science. Pp.1-2.



---- [Book Review] Coburn, Elaine.  Review of Helen Raptis 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.


---- [Book Review] Coburn, Elaine. Review of Amelia Sa’ar’s Economic citizenship: neoliberal paradoxes of empowerment. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Press. Journal of Gender Studies. Vol. 26, No. 3, pp.476-477.


2013 [Book Review] 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.


2009 [Book Review] 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.


2008 [Book Review] 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.


2006 [Book Review] 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.


2005 [Book Review] 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.


2004 [Book Review] 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.


Encyclopaedia Entries

2012 [Encyclopaedia Entries] Coburn, Elaine. “Class” (3000 words), “Inequality” (3000 words), “Intellectual Property” (2000 words), “Transnational Justice Movements” (2000 words) Encyclopaedia of Global Studies. Edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmut Anheier. Sage Publications.


2011 [Encyclopaedia Entry] Coburn, Elaine. “Social Stratification”. (1000 words) Encyclopaedia of Social Networks. Edited by George A. Barnett, Geoffrey J. Golson. Sage Publications.


Publications in Progress

In Progress

[Special Issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology]. Yann Allard-Tremblay and Elaine Coburn. “Indigenous Knowledges and Sociology.” Call for Papers, Deadline November 30, 2019. Issue planned for autumn 2020/early 2021.





[Book chapter]. Gina Starblanket and Elaine Coburn. Give me the Land, Call her by her Name”: Indigenous Women’s Scholarship and Agency on Turtle Island.” Edited by Heather Whiteside. Canadian Political Economy: Changes, Crises, Conflict. University of Toronto Press.  Accepted July 2019. Proofed April 2020.


[Book chapter]. Elaine Coburn with Emma LaRocque. “Indigenous Perspectives on Gender: A Feminist Inquiry”. Edited by Joanna Everitt and Manon Tremblay. The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Canadian Politics. Palgrave. Accepted July 2019.


[Comment]. Elaine Coburn and Wesley Crichlow. “Challenging Anti-Black Racisms and Sociology for Black Liberation”. Canadian Review of Sociology. Publication scheduled for August 2020.


[Symposium]. Elaine Coburn and Wesley Crichlow. “Challenging Anti-Black Racisms and Sociology for Black Liberation”. Canadian Review of Sociology. Contributions by Carl James, Erica Lawson, Amal Madibbo, Gertrude Mianda, Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika, Rinaldo Walcott. Publication scheduled for August 2020.


[Article]. Coburn, Elaine. “Theorizing Our Place”: Indigenous Feminist Scholarship from 1985-2020”. Special issue of Social Justice Studies, edited by Soma Chatterjee and Tania Das Gupta. By Invitation.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters


Other Publications