Concordia University

Chris Hurl

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

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

Areas of Graduate Teaching

1. Labour studies
2. Political economy
3. Governance and regulation
4. Social movements
5. Urban studies

Research activities

Research interests

My research documents how public sector and community-based struggles have contributed to 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, neo-Marxist theories of state, and science and technology studies -- and utilize a range of methods, including archival research, FOI requests, 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) Labour unions, new social movements, and left policy formations: Exploring how social movements, community groups, and labour organizations have interjected in the production of official knowledge. How have activists challenged the dominant frame in advancing alternative political projects?

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