Writing and Public Engagement

Peer-reviewed articles

Fox-Hodess, K. (2022) “The ‘Iron Law of Oligarchy’ and North-South Relations in Global Union Organisations: A Case Study of the International Dockworkers Council’s Expansion in the Global South”. Labor History 53. 

Fox-Hodess, K. (2022) “Global Solidarity on the Docks.” New Labor Forum Vol. 31(1): 50–58.

Fox-Hodess, Katy and Camilo Santibañez Rebolledo. 2020. “The Social Foundations of Structural Power: Strategic Position, Worker Unity and External Alliances in the Making of the Chilean Dockworkers Movement”. Global Labour Journal 11(3): 222-238.

2020. “Labor Internationalism ‘From Below’: Lessons from the International Dockworkers Council’s European Working Group”. Work, Employment and Society 34(1): 91-108.

2019. “Worker Power, Trade Union Strategy, and International Connections: Dockworker Unionism in Colombia and Chile”. Latin American Politics and Society 61(3): 29-54.

Fox-Hodess, Katy. 2017. (Re-)Locating the Local and National in the Global: Multi-Scalar Political Alignment in Transnational European Dockworker Union Campaigns. British Journal of Industrial Relations 55(3): 626-647.

Book Chapters:

Fox-Hodess, K. (2023). “No ‘Magic Bullet’: Technically Strategic Power Alone Is Not Enough” in Womack, Olney and Perusek, eds., Labor Power and Strategy. PM Press.

Book Reviews

Fox-Hodess, K. (2023) Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate. New Technology, Work and Employment. 

Fox-Hodess, K. (2022) Coerced: Work under Threat of Punishment by Erin Hatton. British Journal of Sociology 73(2): 464-6.

Fox-Hodess, Katy. 2021. Strategizing against Sweatshops: The Global Economy, Student Activism, and Worker Empowerment by Matthew S. WilliamsAmerican Journal of Sociology 126(4): 1008-1010.

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Public Engagement

February 28, 2023. Book event for Labor Power and Strategy with Peter Olney, John Womack and Gene Bruskin. Hosted by the Ella Baker School of Organising.

January 4, 2023. Co-authored with David Harvie, Mariya Ivancheva, Sophia Lycouris and Mark Pendleton. “Strategic Action Gets the Goods! The Case for Targeted Action and a Summer Marking Boycott to Maximise Our Leverage at the Bargaining Table”.

June 16, 2021. “Logistics Workers Make Global Capitalism – and They Can Break It Too“. Interviewed by Fabian Vugrin and Alexander Brentler for Jacobin Deutschland. 

May 12, 2021. “Dockworker Power and Capitalist Totality: A Critique of the Power Resources Approach”. Economics Worlds seminar, Department of Geography, University of Nottingham.

May 11, 2020. “The Oceans that Keep Capitalism Afloat“. Review of Campling and Colas’ Capitalism and the Sea for Jacobin. 

March 18, 2021. Public talk entitled “Leveraging Rank-and-File Power at Strategic Chokepoints to Organise Workers across Supply Chains: A Case Study of the International Dockworkers Council”. International Labour and Logistics Research Network.

February 4, 2021. “The Case for Open Bargaining”. Open Bargaining Webinar, Universities and Colleges Union.

November 17, 2020. “Leveraging Rank-and-File Power at Strategic Chokepoints to Organise Workers across Supply Chains: A Case Study of the International Dockworkers Union“. Unite the Union national research department.

August 20, 2020. “Labor, Logistics, and State Power“. An Interview with Laleh Khalili on her book Sinews of War and Trade (Verso 2020). Phenomenal World.

January 24, 2020. Public talk entitled “Worker Organizing on the Docks: A Global Perspective on Key Challenges Facing Trade Unions in the Sector”. Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley.

January 21, 2020. Public talk entitled “Lessons from Labour: What Can the Democrats Learn from the 2019 British Election?” Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley.

October 30, 2019. Public talk entitled “Worker Power Is a Relationship, Not a Resource: Evidence and Implications for Practice on and beyond the Docks” at the Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester.

July 16, 2019. “How Dockworkers Are Fighting the Arms Trade“. The Nation.

July 5, 2019. “Building Worker Power on the Docks” – interview with labor historian Peter Cole on his book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay AreaJacobin.

June, 2019. Talk on “Leveraging Power on and beyond the Docks: Chilean Dockworkers at the Vanguard of Trade Union Movement Revitalization” at the Centre for the Study  of Social and Global Justice workshop on ‘Labour Conflicts and Development in the Global South’, University of Nottingham.

April, 2019. Talk on “Conceptualizing Worker Power, Formulating Trade Union Strategy: The Case of the International Dockworkers Council” at the Eighth Annual Center for Global Workers’ Rights Spring Symposium, Pennsylvania State University.

February, 2019. Public talk on “The Chile Solidarity Campaign and Lessons for British Trade Union Internationalism Today” for Sheffield University and College Union.

February 27, 2019. “Worker Power on the Swedish Docks“. Interview conducted with Swedish dockworker trade union leader Erik Helgeson. Jacobin.

February 21, 2019. “Chilean Dockworkers Organize Month-Long Strike and Face Down Police in Rooftop Standoff“. Interviewed conducted with Chilean dockworker trade union activist Marcos Montecinos. Labor Notes.

February 11, 2019. “Katy Fox-Hodess: ‘Los problemas más fuertes de los portuarios tienen que ver con las políticas públicas‘”. Interview published in Mundo Maritimo.

November, 2018. Ian Allison’s write up of the talks that Amanda Armstrong-Price and I gave at the closing plenary of Historical Materialism on Strikes: “Working Class Strategy“. Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century – RS21.

October, 2018. “Seizing the Chokepoints” (with Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Kim Moody). Jacobin.

July, 2018. “Chokepoints” (with Jake Alimahomed-Wilson and Kim Moody). Radicals in Conversation Podcast, Pluto Press.

June, 2018. Public talk at SOAS on “Conceptualising Worker Power in the Global Logistics Industry: Examples from the Waterfront” (with Tim Pringle).

May, 2018. Public talk given at the London BUIRA seminar on “Worker Power, Trade Union Strategy and International Connections: A Cross-National Comparison of Dockworker Unionism in Latin America”.

April, 2018. “Tariffs Aren’t the Best Way To Protect U.S. Steelworkers. Global Solidarity Is.” In These Times Magazine (Reprinted in Salon.com and Truthout.com).

January, 2018. Public talk (with Amanda Armstrong-Price, Magally Miranda and R.L. Stephens) at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung for the event “10 Years of Crisis, 1 Year of Trump – An Exchange of Voices from the American and German Left”.

April, 2017. Public talk (with Amanda Armstrong-Price) on “Academic Trade Unionism and the Union Democracy Movement in the U.S” for Cambridge University UCU.

February, 2016. Public talk on “The Justice for Janitors Movement in the United States” for the United Voices of the World trade union.

November, 2015. “Is An Injury to One an Injury to All? Some Critical Thoughts on Trade Union Internationalism Today”. Salvage Quarterly. Republished January, 2016 in New Politics.

Spring, 2015. “Grounded in the Movement: Developing a Mindful Orientation toward Social Justice Work”. Tikkun Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 2. Duke University Press.

February 16, 2015. “The View from the Grassroots: An Interview with Giorgos Gogos on SYRIZA’s Election Victory in Greece”. Viewpoint Magazine.

December 19, 2014. “In the Face of Austerity, Portuguese Dockworkers Win Back Union Jobs.” Labor Notes.

June, 2014. “California Grad Employee Contract Shows Reform Works”. Labor Notes.

April, 2014. “California Scheming”. Jacobin.

February 27, 2014. “Retooling the UAW”. Jacobin.

February, 2014. (Co-authored with Shane Boyle). “Soldiers, Cops, Imperialists: A Short Genealogy of UC’s Ties to the US Security State”. Reclamations.

January 31, 2014. “Book Review: Security Guard Campaign Reveals the Promise and Pitfalls of Global Union Cooperation”. Labor Notes.

December, 2013. “At Some Other Berkeley”. Jacobin.

October 16, 2013. “Greece’s Fascist Threat”. Jacobin.

September 23, 2012. (Co-Authored with Francisco Nuñez Capriles). “The Chilean Student Movement and the Crisis of Neoliberal Democracy”. Universities in Crisis, a blog of the International Sociological Association.

I have been interviewed as a labour researcher and trade union movement practitioner for publications including Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Neues Deutschland, Los Angeles TimesThe Times Higher EducationSocialist Worker and Mundo Maritimo.