Dr. Rachel Brickner

Department Head, Professor

Office: BAC 220
Phone: (902) 585-1349
Email: rachel.brickner@acadiau.ca
Twitter: @thethingofitis

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm in person or on TEAMS or by appointment


Ph.D. (McGill), B.A. (Michigan State)

Research/Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics, with a focus on:

  • Politics of the Americas
  • Workers' activism, especially of women,
    migrants, and public sector workers
  • Political economy and development
  • Gender and politics

Teaching (2023-2024)

  • POLS 1403WI02: Global Politics, Law & Culture
  • POLS 3013FA01: The Politics of Gender
  • POLS 3043WI01: Honours Seminar
  • POLS 407T/408T: Honours Thesis

Selected Publications

2013. Rachel K. Brickner (ed.) Migration, Globalization, and the State. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles
2017. “Organizing Baristas in Halifax Cafes: Precarious Work and Gender and Class Identities in the Millennial Generation” (with Meaghan Dalton), Critical Sociology, first published September 23, DOI: 10.1177/0896920517730671, pp. 1-16.

2016. “Tweeting Care: Educators’ Dissent through Social Media in the US and Canada,” Labour/Le Travail 77 (1): 11-36.

2013. “Gender Conscientization, Social Movement Unionism, and Labor Revitalization: A Perspective from Mexico,” Labor History 54 (1): 21-41.

2011. “Art Galleries, Academia, and Women in Fur Masks: A Case Study of Using Visual Art to Promote Engaged Classroom Learning” with Laurie Dalton, Atlantis: A Woman’s Studies Journal/Revue d’études sur les femmes 35 (2): 75-85.

2010. “Union Democracy, Feminist Activism, and Gender Equity Rights in Mexico,” Journal of Latin American Studies 42 (4): 749-77.

2010. “The Missing Link: Gender, Immigration Policy, and the Live-in Caregivers Program in Canada” with Christine Straehle, Policy and Society 29 (4): 309-20.

2010. “Why Bother with the State? Transnational Activism, Local Activism, and Lessons for a Women Workers’ Movement in Mexico,” Gendered Perspectives on International Development Working Papers 298 (September): 1-21.

2009. “Opening Global Politics: A New Introduction?” with Geoffrey Whitehall, International Studies Perspectives 10 (2): 216-223.

2009. “The Evolution of Union Women’s Activism in Mexico City after Structural Adjustment,” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 27 (1): 82-86.

2006. “Mexican Union Women and the Social Construction of Women’s Labor Rights,” Latin American Perspectives 33 (6): 55-74.

Book Chapters
2015. “Public Education and the Ethics of Care: Toward a Politics of Kindness?” in P.L. Thomas, Paul R. Carr, Julie Gorlewski, and Brad Porfilio (eds.) Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect: On the Lives and Education of Children (New York: Peter Lang), pp. 11-24.