Joel Garrod

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Joel Garrod

Assistant Professor
Campus Location
Nicholson Tower Rm 617

I am a critical political sociologist/economist who conducts research on the contemporary political economy of capitalism; in particular, on the relationship between globalization, neoliberalism, corporate power, and the transformation of the nation-state. Falling within the broad confines of the subfield of capitalism studies—a transdisciplinary subfield that is “unafraid of large structures, long processes, broad comparisons, and big questions” (Ott & Milberg, 2014, para. 3)—my research is concerned with tracking historical changes to property relations in order to explore their theoretical and practical implications, especially as they relate to contemporary issues of power and social justice.


Canadian and Global Political Economy; Social Theory; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Political and Economic Sociology; Globalization; Neoliberalism; Nation and Nationalism


Garrod, J. Z. (2019). On the property of blockchains: Comments on an emerging literature. Economy and Society, 48(4), 602–623.

Garrod, J. Z. (2019). Globalization and the future of Canada’s Medicare identity: A longer view. Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes, 53(2), 197–237.

Garrod, J. Z. (2018). Imperialism or global capitalism? Some reflections from Canada. Studies in Political Economy, 99(3), 268–284.

Garrod, J. Z. (2017). A (reluctant) defence of the theory of the transnational state. Studies in Political Economy, 98(3), 279–297.

Garrod, J. Z. (2016). The real world of the decentralized autonomous society. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 14(1), 62–77.

Garrod, J. Z. (2015). A critique of Panitch and Gindin’s theory of American empire. Science & Society, 79(1), 38–62.