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Reuben Roth

Reuben Roth

Professor Emeritus
A-347, Arts Building


Dr. Reuben Roth is an Associate Professor in the Workplace & Labour Studies program, which is housed in the School for Northern and Community Studies. His main areas of research include: the sociology of work and organizations, class identity & working-class consciousness, labour education, labour history, unionization, education & work, occupational health & safety, race/gender/ethnic identity in the workplace, and global national/ethnic identity.

Among the topics Dr. Roth has written about and researched are:occupational health and safety, the Canadian automotive and mining industries, workplace-based violence, Canadian union education programs, and informally-acquired knowledge. 

Dr.  Roth has taught at Laurentian University since 2005. He is also a former Research Associate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto - OISE/UT (1995-2003), a former Researcher and Project Manager for the Centre for the Study of Work and Society at York University (2002-04), an adjunct professor of sociology at Trent University (2001-2005), and a speech writer at Queen’s Park (1994-1995). 


  • Ph.D. (Toronto)
  • M.A. (Toronto)
  • B.A. (Trent)

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Research Areas: sociology of work, occupational health and safety, working-class culture and consciousness, working-class organizations; organizational sociology, education & work, national & ethnic identity. 


  • Certificate of Appreciation for “Tireless contribution and dedication to student success.” Laurentian University - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. 
  • Nominee, Symons' Award for Excellence in Teaching - Trent University, 2005


  • Dolgon, Corey and Reuben Roth (Forthcoming 2020). "Labor Education Programs: Radical Beginnings, McCarthyist Backlash, and the Rise of Neoliberal Education." In Rocco, Tonette, M.Cecil Smith, Robert Mizzi, Lisa R. Merriweather, and Joshua Hawley, eds. (Forthcoming 2020). The 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education. Publisher TBA.  

  • Dolgon, Corey and Reuben Roth. 2017. “Learning to Labor: Workers Colleges and Labour Education in the U.S. and Canada.” In The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

  • Dolgon, Corey and Reuben Roth. 2016. “Twenty-First-Century Workers’ Education in North America: The Defeat of the Left or a Revitalized Class Pedagogy? Labor Studies Journal. 41 (1) March 2016. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage. DOI: 10.1177/0160449XI16634575. Pp. 89-113. 
  • Roth, Reuben. 2012. “’Suck it Up Buttercup’: A Culture of Acceptable Workplace Violence in Group Homes.” In Tepperman, Lorne and Angela Kalyta. Reading Sociology (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press (Canada).
  • Roth, Reuben. 2008. "Blue-Collar Aristocrats? General Motors Autoworkers and Oppositional Class Consciousness." Humanity and Society, 32 (2): 168-196. Worcester, MA: Association for Humanist Sociology.
  • Roth, Reuben. 2006. “How My Search for a Smoked Meat Sandwich Uncovered a Picket Line.” Humanity and Society. 30 (3): 336-341. August, 2006. Worcester, MA: Association for Humanist Sociology. 
  • Roth, Reuben (with D.W. Livingstone). 2004. “Workers’ Knowledge: An Untapped Resource in the Labour Movement.” In A. Verma and T.Kochan (eds.). Unions in the 21st Century: An International Perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2004. pp. 117-129.
Roth, Reuben (with D.W. Livingstone). 2003. “Auto Workers: Lean Manufacturing and Rich Learning.” In Livingstone, D.W. and Peter H. Sawchuk (eds.). Workers' Hidden Knowledge: Case Studies of Lifelong Learning in the Information Age. NY: Roman and Littlefield. 2003. pp. 71-100.

Roth, Reuben (with D.W. Livingstone). 1998. “Workplace Communities and Transformative Learning: Oshawa Autoworkers and the CAW.” Convergence. 31 (3): 12-23.