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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

Understanding the material bases of social change 
with internal SSHRC funding

In the News

Mar. 12, 2019 podcast"Socialism Today" The Annex

July 13, 2018 "Smart money: Why the world should embrace universal basic income" The Globe and Mail

July 2, 2018 "Renta básica universal, ¿una solución capitalista a los males del capitalismo?" Rebelión

Apr. 27, 2018 "What's new in social protection - April edition" World Bank Let's Talk Development

Apr. 5, 2018 David Calnitsky, "The employer response to the guaranteed annual income" Basic Income News

Hot off the press

Jan. 24, 2019 "A Model for Us All" Jacobin

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


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

Journal Articles

forthcoming 2019. “The impact of an experimental guaranteed income on crime and violence.” (with Pilar Gonalons-Pons) Social Problems.

2019. “Life After Work: The Impact of Basic Income on Non-employment Activities.” (with Jonathan Latner, and Evelyn Forget). Forthcoming at Social Science History, 43(4).

2019 "The High-Hanging Fruit of the Gender Revolution: A Model of Social Reproduction and Social Change" Sociological Theory 37(1):35-61.

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