John-Henry Harter

Labour Studies Program | Department of History


PhD History, focus on Canadian, Labour, Environmental, and North American History, Simon Fraser University
MA, History, focus on Canadian, Labour, and BC History, Simon Fraser University
BA, History, Minor in Film Studies, University of Victoria


John-Henry Harter is a lecturer in History and Labour Studies at Simon Fraser UniversityHe has had what can be best described as an untraditional education. A high school dropout he worked as a washer of walls, a digger of ditches, a tender of bar, and a waiter of tables. Going back to school as a mature student John-Henry graduated with honours with a degree in History and minor in Film Studies. He has a Masters and PhD in History from SFU.

He writes on Class, the Environment, and Popular Culture when not consuming too much coffee and TV.  


Articles Academic Journals - Print and Online

J.-H.Harter, (2022). Histories of Environmental Coalition Building in British Columbia: Using History to Build Working-Class Environmentalism. Labour Le Travail

Teaching the Present to Learn the Past”. Labour/Le Travail, 84 (Fall 2019) 

“Undercover Boss: Disciplining Workers for Fun and Profit”. Popular Culture Review, 28:1 (Winter 2017).

Real to Reel: Using Film to teach Labour History” for Active History, September 28, 2016.

When Blue Meets Green: The Intersection of Workers and the Environment” in The Otter, November 2, 2015.

J.-H. Harter, (2004). Environmental Justice for Whom? Class, New Social Movements, and the Environment: A Case Study of Greenpeace Canada, 1971-2000. Labour Le Travail54, 83–119.


New Social Movements, Class, and the Environment: A Case Study of Greenpeace CanadaCambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Articles - Popular Magazines - Print and Online

Can the Canadian Green Party Reshape Left Politics”. Canadian Dimension, August 27, 2020.

Heritage Minutes: History, culture, and propaganda”. Canadian Dimension, February 4, 2020.

Remembering Seattle: Class, Globalization, and the State”. Canadian Dimension, November 27, 2019.

Colonization, Resistance, and Popular Culture”. Canadian Dimension, April 7, 2019.

 “The Politics of the Popular”. Canadian Dimension, Volume 52, Issue 3: Fall 2018.

Comics, Culture, and Capitalism: The Cautionary Tale of Superman”. Canadian Dimension, Volume 52, Issue 2: Summer 2018.

“CBC’s Keep Calm and Decolonize offer Provocation and Meaning”. Canadian Dimension, Volume 52 no. 1, Spring 2018.

Walking Dead Abandons Progressive Potential of Horror”. Canadian Dimension, Volume 51 no. 2, Spring 2017.

Undercover Boss: Disciplining Workers for Fun and Profit”. Canadian Dimension, Volume 51 no. 1, Winter 2017.

In Search of Solidarity for Sessional Instructors”. Briarpatch, September 2, 2015


CFAX 1070, "Vancouver port strike continues after tentative deal falters" July 20, Part 1

Why Longshore Workers Went on Strike and Shut Down BC’s Ports. PressProgress News, by Rumneek Johal. 14 July 2023.

CBC Radio One 91.5FM CBYG, "Labour strife continues for Vancouver port workers" July 20, Part 1 & Part 2 | July 21, Part 1 & Part 2

CBC Radio One 90.5FM CBCV, "Port worker strike ends two weeks into picketing after tentative deal reached" July 13 

China Central Television, July 11 (Chinese language), Part 1 & Part 2

Global News BC1 (TV), July 8 & July 9

Interview with CBC Listen, On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko. "Over 7000 port workers are on strike right now." Interviewer: Rohit Joseph, 3 July 2023.

Interview with CBC Listen, The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn. "One-third of Canada's federal workers went on strike today for better wages and work options." Interview: Stephen Quinn, 19 April 2023.