Maureen Kihika

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Labour Studies


  • B.A. (Honours), Law, Carleton University
  • M.A., Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Simon Fraser University


Dr. Maureen Kihika is a race and labour scholar with teaching and research interests in Africa/African Diaspora, global political economy, migration, Race and ethnicity, gender, feminism, labour/work and identity formation. Her work analyses how categories of social difference shape the experiences and identities of racialized Black workers and their communities. In this scope, Dr. Kihika’s research historicizes the socio-economic inequalities faced by Black Canadians, exploring the strategies by which this community navigates systemic marginalization within a capitalist transnational society. Grappling with the issue of how social livelihoods and ‘daily’ life experience shape identity formation, Kihika’s current study investigates how ongoing global protests against anti-Black racism, embodied by the Black Lives Matter movement, shape identity formations among Generation Y Black Canadian labour force participants.

As a scholar that is invested in knowledge mobilization, Kihika has contributed to the Canadian Review of Sociology: Committing Sociology Symposium regarding African-Canadians and anti-Black racism, and given talks on her work in academic and community settings.  Dr. Kihika teaches a breadth of Sociology and Labour Studies courses including:

  • Introduction to Sociology (SA 150)
  • Processes of Development and underdevelopment (SA 363)
  • Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA 302W)
  • Gender Relations and Social Issues (SA 335)
  • Society and the changing Global Division of Labour (SA 362)
  • Race Immigration and the Canadian State (SA 345)
  • Workers in the Global Economy (LBST 201/IS 221)
  • Unfree Labour and Modern Day Slavery (LBST 307)