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Chris Hurl

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Chris Hurl
Office: S-H 1125-07 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4283


Ph.D. Sociology, with a specialization in Political Economy (Carleton University)

Teaching activities

Areas of Undergraduate Teaching

1. Classical Social Theory
2. Sociology of Occupations
3. Social Inequalities

Areas of Graduate Teaching

1. Political economy
2. Governance and regulation
3. Urban studies
4. Sociology of work
5. Social movements

Research activities

Research interests

My research documents the rise of new state spaces and novel conceptions of political administrative power in Canada.

I draw on insights taken from a variety of theoretical perspectives -- including the governmentality literature, political economy, and science and technology studies -- and utilize a range of methods, including archival research, critical discourse analysis, and expert interviews.

Research topics

My research is focused on three core areas:
1) Urban and regional governance: Exploring the legacies of managerialism in Canadian municipalities from the early twentieth century to the present period. How has the city, along with its attendant services and infrastructures, been historically framed as an object of administration?

2) Organization studies and the institutional production of knowledge: Exploring the mundane sociotechnical practices that underpin the everyday governance of public services. How are services at a range of disparate sites rendered governable from an administrative centre?

3) Sociology of expertise: Exploring how different actors make claims to credibility in the policy-making process, and exploring how these claims are negotiated and at times contested.

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