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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Todd Gordon

Assistant Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5433

Office Location: GRH 136

Academic Background
I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at York University in 2005. I taught at York University and the University of Toronto before joining the Society, Culture, and Environment program (previously called Contemporary Studies) in 2012.

Teaching 2013-2014

CT 413A Canada and the Global South

CT 345 Applied Democracy

CT/OL 266 Economic Globalization

Research and Teaching Interests

My research and writing are framed by my commitment to social justice and international solidarity. Inequality at both the Canadian and global levels, militarism, repression of people struggling for a better world, ecological devastation – these things, which sadly mark our world as much today as they did a century ago, have deep structural roots that need to be understood if they are to be successfully challenged. That is central to my research and writing: explaining the interconnected roles of capitalism, imperialism at home and abroad, racism and patriarchy in reproducing power and domination, but also in engendering resistance.

Currently I am writing a book on Canadian imperialism and ecological predation in Latin America with Jeffery Webber from Queen Mary College at the University of London. The book looks at the role of Canadian corporations, particularly in mining, in the violent displacement of people from their lands, the central role played by Canadian foreign and security policy in facilitating the practices of Canadian companies, and community resistance to Canadian practice and policies. It offers an anti-imperialist analysis of Canadian actions in Latin America. The research has involved several trips to the region to meet with and interview people fighting Canadian companies and Canadian foreign policy.

While I publish my research in academic publications, I am also commited to communicating with a broader audience that may not have access to or read these sources. It is a priority for me to write for more “popular” publications, which I list below.

Like my writing, my teaching is also framed by my commitment to social justice. I challenge students to think about how and why our society is organized the way it is, how this impacts their daily lives as students, workers and members of their communities, as well as the lives of others in different parts of the world, and what structural factors are shaping those experiences.


T. Gordon, Imperialist Canada (Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010), 1-432.

T. Gordon, Cops, “Crime” and Capitalism: The Law-and-Order Agenda in Canada (Halifax: Fernwood, 2006), 1-171.

Academic Journal Articles and Book Chapters

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Post-Coup Honduras: Latin America’s Corridor of Reaction,” Historical Materialism, (21.3, 2013).

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Canadian Geopolitics in the Global South: A Case Study of Post-Coup Honduras,” Critical Sociology, forthcoming winter 2013. Published “online first” April 9, 2013.

T. Gordon, “Canadian Relations With the Third World: The Political Economy of Intervention,” in G. Albo and J. Klassen, eds., Empire’s Ally: Canada’s War in Afghanistan (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013).

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “The Honduran Coup of 2009: Imperialism and Left Resistance,” in Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr, eds., The Resurgence of Latin American Radicalism: Between Cracks in the Empire and an Izquierda Permitida, (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012).

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Canada and the Honduran Coup of June 2009,” The Bulletin of Latin American Research (vol. 30, issue 3, 2011).

T. Gordon, “Positioning Itself in the Andes: Critical Reflections on Canada’s Relations With Colombia,” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, (vol. 35, n. 70, 2010).

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Imperialism and Resistance: Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America,” Third World Quarterly (vol. 29 n.1, 2008), 63-88.

T. Gordon, “Towards An Anti-Racist Marxist State Theory: A Canadian Case Study,” Capital and Class (Issue 91, 2007), 1-30.

T. Gordon, “Canada, Empire and Indigenous Peoples in the Americas,” Socialist Studies (vol. 2 n.1, 2006), 47-75.

T. Gordon, “Understanding the Role of Law and Order Policies in Canadian Cities,” in D. Crocker and V.M. Johnson, eds., Poverty, Regulation and Social Exclusion: Readings on the Criminalization of Poverty (Halifax: Fernwood, 2010), 33-42.

T. Gordon, “Neoliberalism, Racism and the War on Drugs in Canada,” Social Justice (vol. 33 n. 1, 2006), 59-78.

T. Gordon, “The Political Economy of Law and Order Policies: Policing, Class Struggle and Neoliberal Restructuring,” Studies in Political Economy (n. 75, 2005), 53-78.

T. Gordon, “Electronic Panopticon or Techno-Fetishism: A Critical Look and Panoptic Theories of Policing and Power,”Problematique (n.10, 2005), 17-36.

T. Gordon, “The New Vagrancy Laws and the Politics of Poverty in Canada,” Canadian Review of Social Policy (Fall/Winter, 2004), 34-57.

Popular/Non-Academic Publications

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “The Honduran Labyrinth,” Jacobin, Issue 10, 2013.

T. Gordon, “Canadian development aid takes on corporate colouring,” Toronto Star (November 29, 2012),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Paraguay’s Parliamentary Coup and Ottawa’s Imperial Response,” The Bullet (June 6, 2012).

T. Gordon, “Canada backs profits, not human rights, in Honduras,” Toronto Star (August 12, 2011),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “The Honduran Resistance at the Crossroads: An Interview with Carlos Amaya,” North American Congress on Latin America (August 24, 2011),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “The Cartagena Accord: A Step Forward for Canada in Honduras,” The Bullet (July 13, 2011).

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “From Cartagena to Tegucigalpa: Imperialism and the Future of the Honduran Resistance,” (July 4, 2011),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “The Different Logics Within the Honduran Resistance: An Interview with Bertha Cáceres,” (June 27, 2011),

T. Gordon, “Military Coups Are Good for Canadian Business: The Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement,” (March 1, 2011)

T. Gordon, “Canadian Imperialism Stumbles Onward,” The Bullet (November 29, 2010). T. Gordon, “Canada’s Imperialist Project: Capital and Power in Canadian Foreign Policy,” Briarpatch (May/June 2010), 16-19.

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Canada’s Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship,” (March 19, 2010),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Consolidating the Coup in Honduras: Pepe Lobo, Imperialism and the Resistance,” (February 5, 2010),

T. Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber, “Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance in Honduras: An Interview with Carlos Danilo Amador,” (February 2, 2010),

T. Gordon, “Acceptable versus Unacceptable Repression: A Lesson in Canadian Imperial Hypocrisy,” (June 30, 2009), T. Gordon, “Colonialism and the Economic Crisis in Canada,”(April 18, 2009),

T. Gordon, “Canadian Support for Israel: Signs of a More Aggressive International Posture,” Rabble (January 15, 2009),

T. Gordon, “Canada-Colombia FTA Signed,” The Bullet (December 2, 2008).

T. Gordon, “Will Canada’s Parliament Approve an FTA with Colombia?” Guest Comment, Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor (June 30, 2008), 3,

T. Gordon, “Disaster in the Making: Canada Concludes Its Free Trade Agreement with Colombia,” (June 12, 2008),

T. Gordon, “Building its Ties to Colombia: Canada’s Imperial Adventure in the Andes,” (May 25, 2008),

T. Gordon, “Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug and the Battle Over Northern Development in Canada,”(March 26, 2008),

Presenting My Research

Apart from participation at academic conferences, I also regularly speak at and contribute to more public forums, usually community and activist organized.

On May 21, 2013, I testified to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in Ottawa, on the subject Canada and the human rights situation in Honduras. It can be found at