Matthew Greaves

Sessional Instructor


  • Ph.D., Candidate, Communication, Simon Fraser University
  • M.A., York University and Ryerson Universiy
  • B.A. (Honours), York University


Matthew Greaves M.A. thesis: The Fetishism of the iPad and its Secrets: Interrogating the Ontology of Labour in Empire. Matthew is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and member of the Applied Communication and Technology (ACT) Lab. He has previously held Sessional positions in both Labour Studies and the School of Communication.  Interested in history, political economy, technological change and the labour-process, his research is located at the intersection of Marxian critical theory and the philosophy of technology. He has recently explored class, social change and digital technology; theories of alienation and the digital; and cycles of student struggle and technological intervention in social-movement protest. His dissertation examines technical change in nineteenth-century Vancouver Island coalmines and the origins of industrial capitalism in what would become British Columbia. Matthew's work has appeared in the journals Rethinking Marxism, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, and New Proposals (forthcoming).