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David Calnitsky, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. Economics, New School for Social Research
B.A. Political Science, McGill University
B.A. Architecture, University of Manitoba Full CV



Dr. Calnitsky's research interests include: work, poverty, inequality, social theory, economic sociology, social policy, and gender.

Current Research Projects

The Labour Market and Its Alternatives
with funding from SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Co-Applicant: Evelyn Forget

Recent Activities

Jan. 13 spoke on Empirical Research on Citizens Basic Incomes Plans in a panel discussion at the 2019 Kelso Workshop at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Nov. 15 presented keynote "Debating Basic Income" at Basic Income as a Way of Life workshop, University of Jena, Germany

May 25 presented "Domestic Violence and Gender Relations in Manitoba’s Basic Annual Income Experiment" ISA RC28 Seoul Korea


3404F- 001 Modern Sociological Theory

3404F- 002 Modern Sociological Theory

3404G- 001 Modern Sociological Theory




Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

Journal Articles

(2019) "Basic Income and the Pitfalls of Randomization" Contexts 18(1):22-29.

2018 "Does Basic Income Assume a Can Opener?"  Catalyst 2(3):136-155.

2018 "Structural and individualistic theories of poverty" Sociology Compass 12(12):1-14.

2018 "’If the work requirement is strong’: The business response to basic income proposals in Canada and the US" Canadian Journal of Sociology 43(3):291-315.

2018 "The employer response to the guaranteed annual income" Socio-Economic Review

2017 "Debating Basic Income" Catalyst 1(3):62-91.
Spanish translation: "Debatiendo el ingreso básico" horizontal

2017 "Basic Income in a Small Town: Understanding the Elusive Effects on Work" (with Jonathan Latner) Social Problems 64(3):373-97 

2016 "'More Normal than Welfare': The Mincome Experiment, Stigma, and Community Experience" Canadian Review of Sociology 53(1):26-71.

2014 "Economic sociology as disequilibrium economics: A Contribution to the Critique of the New Economic Sociology" The Sociological Review