Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph
With a Ph.D. from York University (2000), Lisa Kowalchuk has been with the University of Guelph’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 2004. Prior to that, she worked for four years in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at St. Mary’s University. One of Kowalchuk’s main research interests is social movements and collective action. She has done research on small and landless farmers’ efforts to deepen and defend land reform, and maintains an interest in the fate of existing land reforms under state efforts to unravel them. She has also studied collective resistance to neoliberal globalization in Central America, with a specific focus on health-care services. Issues of gender justice in the developing country context are another area of interest, and have been a theme of several courses she has taught. She has recently turned her attention toward the area of work and occupations, combining this with her ongoing interest in health-care policy and gender issues.