Skip to McMaster Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to main content
McMaster logo

Arts & Science Program

Dr. David Goutor

School of Labour Studies, Kenneth Taylor Hall – 701A
905-525-9140 ext. 27292
Office Hours:
Fridays 1-2pm

Dr. David Goutor, Assistant Professor in the School of Labour Studies, teaches  ARTSSCI 3BB3 / Technology and Society II. He holds a PhD in Canadian History from the University of Toronto and has a wide range of research and teaching interests. These include immigration, human rights, globalization, and workers’ response to changing social, economic and technological conditions. He also enjoys teaching interactive courses on unions and social movements, as well as a placement course in Labour Studies, in which students do research in the field for unions, community organizations, or human resources departments.

Dr. Goutor’s publications include Guarding the Gates: The Canadian Labour Movement and Immigration, 1872 – 1934 (UBC Press, 2007), Taking Liberties: A History of Human Rights in Canada (Oxford, 2013), co-edited with Dr. Stephen Heathorn, and A Chance to Fight Hitler: A Canadian Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War (2018). He has published articles in journals such as the Canadian Historical Review, Labour/le Travail and Labour Studies Journal, and has also written columns on immigration, politics, and workers’ rights in the Opinion/Editorial section of the Toronto Star. His most recent articles have explored living wage campaigns in Ontario and were published in Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, and a new volume, Rising Up: The Fight For Living Wage Work in Canada (UBC Press, 2021). He is currently conducting research on the relationship between the living wage and the basic income guarantee, and a historical examination of how labour leaders’ views on immigration changed in the 1940s and 1950s.