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

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.


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


“No Time to Care: Community Health Workers and the New Economy”. Co-Authored with Dr. Mark Leier, published by Centre for Labour Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2003.

Encyclopedia Entries and selected Book Reviews

Review of, Clapperton, Jonathan and Liza Piper, ed. – Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2019. Histoire sociale / Social History , vol. 54, no. 110, May 2021. 

Review of Home, Work, and Play: Situating Canadian Social History, 3rd edition. James Opp and John C. Walsh, Editors in BC Studies, no.193, Spring, 2017.

Review of The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario. By Ryan O’Connor in Environmental History (2015) 20 (4): 822-823 doi:10.1093/envhis/emv111.

Encyclopedia of American Environmental History Kathleen A. Brosnan Ed. (Facts on File, 2010). Entries: Judi Bari, Rachel Carson, Henry George, Mainstream Environmentalism, Spotted Owl.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Selected Presentations

“Beyond the War in the Woods: Cooperation and Conflict between First Nations, Workers, and Environmentalists in British Columbia in the 1980s and 1990s”. Presented at Between Postwar and Present Day: Canada 1970 – 2000 May 6-9, 2021, University of Toronto (remote).

“Undercover Boss: Sex, Lies, and Video Surveillance”. Presented at Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) 6th Annual Conference. Congress 2019, UBC, June 4-6, 2019.

Opening Panel at Re-Working Class: Setting A New Agenda for Canadian Labour and Working-Class History in October 13-14, 2018, St. Thomas Moore College, University of Saskatchewan.

“When Blue is Green: Towards a History of Workers as Environmentalists”. Presented at Canadian Association of Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) 3rd Annual Conference Congress 2016, Calgary, Alberta, June 1-2, 2016.

“Undercover Boss: Disciplining Workers for Fun and Profit”. Presented at Popular Culture Association National Conference 2015. New Orleans, Louisiana, April 1-4.

“Workers as Environmentalists: The IWA in British Columbia”. Presented at the Social Science and History Association 37th Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, November 2012.