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    Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond

David Calnitsky, Assistant Professor of Sociology

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

Who gets the goods? Disentangling the effects of parliamentary representation and collective action on welfare spending
with $228,814 funding from SSHRC Insight Grant, 2022

Disentangling the effects of parliament and collective action on welfare spending in Latin America
with $9,602 funding from Western’s Faculty Research Development Fund (FRDF) 2022

For better or for worse: Understanding the material bases of social change
with funding from SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2020

The Social Theory of Erik Olin Wright
with funding from SSHRC Internal Seed Research Grant, 2019

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

May 28 "TWiSP 2020 M05 Thu28 Video" This Week in Sociological Perspective

Apr 15 "Married to the job: how a long-hours working culture keeps people single and lonely"  The Guardian

Apr. 16 "Experts: Pandemic making economic future uncertain" Western News


Hot off the press

Apr. 28, 2020 "Should Cash Transfers Used as an Emergency Response Be Universal or Targeted?" Updates from the Lab, Stanford Basic Income Lab

Mar. 27, 2020 "Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond" Jacobin



"Junior Faculty Spotlight" ASA IPM Section Newsletter Dec. 2019

Recent Activities

Presented "Who gets the goods? Disentangling the effects of parliamentary representation and collective action on welfare spending" May 31 in the CSA 2021 Annual Meeting, and presented by Ella Wind at SASE 2021.

Guest speaker in The Jacobin Show, streamed live Dec. 23, 2020
YouTube video View recorded episode on YouTube.

Guest speaker in Jacobin Magazine's Stay at Home episode 21, streamed live Apr. 17, 2020.
YouTube video View recorded episode on YouTube .




  • 3404F - 200 Modern Sociological Theory
  • 3404F - 201 Modern Sociological Theory


  • 2229B Global Inequality
  • 3404F Modern Sociological Theory
  • 3404G Modern Sociological Theory
  • 9002 Sociological Perspectives


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

Journal Articles

(2021) "The Policy Road to Socialism" Critical Sociology 1-26.

(2021) "Which Way Forward for Economic Security: Basic Income or Public Services?" (with Tom Malleson)  Basic Income Studies pp. 1-43. 

(2021) "Exit, Voice, and Loyalty in the Family" (with Pilar Gonalons Pons) Socio-Economic Review mwaa050 p. 1-29.

(2020) "The Impact of an Experimental Guaranteed Income on Crime and Violence" (with Pilar Gonalons-Pons) Social Problems 68(3): 778-798.

(2020) "The employer response to the guaranteed annual income" Socio-Economic Review 18(2): 493-517.

(2019) "Life after Work: The Impact of Basic Income on Nonemployment Activities" (with Jonathan Latner and Evelyn Forget) Social Science History 43(4): 1-21.

(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.

(2017) "Debating Basic Income" Catalyst 1(3): 62-91.

(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.