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Visiting Fellow Profile

Leah F. Vosko


Country of Origin: Canada
Visiting Period: August 2011 - July 2012 
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Faculty Sponsor: Professor Maria Lorena Cook

Leah F. Vosko is Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Political Economy of Gender and Work, York University. Professor Vosko is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a
Precarious Employment Relationship (University of Toronto Press, 2000) and co-author of Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy and Unions (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005). She is co-editor
of Changing Canada: Political Economy as Transformation (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003), Challenging the Market: The Struggle to Regulate Work and Income (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004), and Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment (Routledge, 2009) as well as editor of Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006). Her writings have also appeared in venues such as Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, Industrial Relations/ Relations Industrielles, Social Indicators Research, the Cambridge Journal of Regional Economics, and Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Professor Vosko’s latest book, Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (2010), is published with Oxford University Press, UK. Since 2001,
she has overseen two database projects – a Gender and Work Database (GWD) and a Comparative Perspectives Database on Precarious Employment (CPD) – involving co-investigators from across Europe and North America as well as Australia ( – and several community-university initiatives on labour market insecurity.

In her time as a Visiting Fellow, she will work to complete the CPD as well as to advance two of her current projects on employment standards enforcement in Canada and other industrialized
contexts and the notion of labour market membership. As part of the latter endeavour, Professor Vosko is participating in Cornell’s ISS theme project on “Immigration: Settlement, Integration and Membership” during the course of this academic year.

- Leah F. Vosko