Plys, Kristin

Assistant ProfessorSociology

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3359 Mississauga Road
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Kristin Plys


Kristin Plys (Ph.D. 2016, Sociology, Yale University) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Professor Plys’ research sits at the intersection of political economy, postcolonial theory, sociology of development, labor and labor movements, historical sociology, and global area studies. The greater part of her intellectual work analyses the historical trajectory of global capitalism as seen from working class and anti-colonial movements in the Global South. This research program has led her to take a particular interest in “Third World” political economy in the mid-20th century, shifts in the global trade balance between Early Modern Europe and Asia, the theories of political economy that help to analyse these historical phenomena, along with temporality and historical method in the historical social sciences. 

She is currently working on a book with Charles Lemert called, Capitalism and its Uncertain Future (Routledge, New York); in addition to a book on the protest that took place in the New Delhi location of the worker self-managed firm, Indian Coffee House, during The Emergency (1975-7) in postcolonial India. In addition, she has published articles in a range of journals, including Theory and Society, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Review (Fernand Braudel Center), Journal of Polity and Society, and World Review of Political Economy


Kristin Plys. (2017). “Political Deliberation and Democratic Reversal in India: Indian Coffee House during The Emergency (1975-77) and the Third World 'Totalitarian Moment’”Theory and Society 46(2): 117-142. 

Kristin Plys. (2016). “Immanuel Wallerstein.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Janeen Baxter. NewYork: Oxford University Press.

Kristin Plys. (2016). “Worker Self-Management in the Third World, 1952-1979”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 57(1): 1-28.

Kristin Plys. (2015). “World-Systems Analysis and its Relevance for Kerala Today,” Journal of Polity and Society August.

Kristin Plys. (2015). “Book review of Workers’ Self-Management in the Caribbean: The Writings of Joseph Edwards by Joseph Edwards,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 56(3-4): 299-301.

Kristin Plys. (2014). “Financialization, Crisis, and the Development of Capitalism in the United States” World Review of Political Economy 5(1): 24-44.

Kristin Plys. (2014). “Book review of The Darjeeling Distinction by Sarah Besky,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 55(4): 345-347.

Kristin Plys. (2013). “Eurocentrism and the Origins of Capitalism,” Review (Fernand Braudel Center) 36(1): 41-81.

Kristin Plys. (2012). “World Systemic and Kondratieff Cycles” Yale Journal of Sociology 9: 130-160.


Political Economy; Development; Postcolonial Sociology; Labor and Labor Movements; Comparative and Historical Sociology; The Global South; South Asian Studies


Ph.D. (Yale University)