Broadly speaking, my research seeks to understand why and how class conflict, policies, and politics interact to shape social classes, modern states, and contemporary dynamics of power and inequality. Empirically, my focus is on the United States and Canada. These interests have led me to tackle a variety of questions, including:

  • Why is there no labor party in the United States (but there is one in Canada)?
  • Why are unions weaker in the U.S. than they are in Canada (but haven’t always been that way)?
  • Does class still matter in modern society?
  • What happens to retail sector wages when Walmart comes to town?
  • How do entrenched incumbents change in response to challenges from more radical opponents?

For more information, see my publications page. I also write for broader audiences.