Jeremy Milloy

Jeremy Milloy

Associate Professor

3131 Faculty/Administration Building




Jeremy Milloy

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • History of workers, work, workplaces in the USA and Canada
  • History of capitalism in the USA and Canada
  • Substance use and harm reduction in history
  • Violence and work in history


Jeremy researches the history of work, workers, and workplaces in the United States and Canada after 1945, with special attention to workplace cultures and worker health.

His first book, Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry (University of Illinois Press) historicized workplace violence in Detroit and Windsor during the 1960s and 1970s. Blood, Sweat, and Fear won the 2018 Cugnot Prize for Best Book from the Society of Automotive Historians. He next co-edited The Violence of Work (University of Toronto Press), a collection of historical essays on workplace violence.

Currently, he is working on a book that investigates the relationship between what was then called addiction, recovery, and the workplace from 1965-1995, under contract with University of Michigan Press. He has published research from on this topic in Contingent Magazine, the American Journal of Public Health, and in the edited collection Surveillance Capitalism in America (Penn Press).


Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, 2015

News mentions

Selected publications


  • Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Violence at Work in the North American Auto Industry, 1960-80. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017. Published in the United States by the University of Illinois Press

Edited collection

  • As co-editor with Joan Sangster, The Violence of Work: New Essays in Canada-US Labour History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021

Peer-reviewed articles

  • "High Priority: Business’ War On Drugs and the Expansion of Surveillance in the United States,” in (Lauer and Lipartito, eds) Surveillance Capitalism in America. Philadelphia: Penn Press, 2021
  • "Curb Heroin In Plants (C.H.I.P.): Revisiting A Mid-1970s Intervention into Workplace Heroin Addiction Created and Led by Detroit Autoworkers." American Journal of Public Health 109, no. 3 (March 2019): 406-411
  • "’Chrysler Pulled The Trigger’: Competing Understandings of Workplace Violence During the 1970s and Radical Legal Practice." Labour/Le Travail 74 (Fall 2014): 51-88
  • "Learning on the Job: The 1998 Squamish McDonald’s Campaign and New Possibilities for Fast Food Workers." Left History 16, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 57-91
  • “Braverman’s New World? Recent Historical Scholarship on the Labour Process.” Left History 15, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 91-101
  • “A Battle Royal: Service Work Activism and the Royal York Strike, 1961-1962.” Labour/Le Travail 58 (Fall 2006): 13-40

Other publications

  • “Blue Collar Is A Dark Masterpiece Of Working-Class Cinema,” Jacobin, August 9, 2021
  • With Christo Aivalis, Greg Kealey, and Julia Smith, “Back to Work: Revitalizing
  • Canadian Labour and Working-Class History.” Active History, September 21, 2015
  • As part of the Graphic History Collective, May Day: A Graphic History of Struggle
  • Toronto: Between The Lines Press, 2012

Courses taught by Jeremy Milloy

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023