Dr Kori Allan

Conjoint Fellow

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary


Kori Allan is a Conjoint Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. She currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016), awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Before coming to the University of Newcastle, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2014.

Her work is informed by sociocultural and linguistic anthropology, economic sociology, and feminist theory and is at the intersection of the study of labour, migration, and citizenship. Her current research examines the reconfiguration of labour and life in post-industrial Canada, particularly as it pertains to the un- and under- employment of immigrants and youth.

At the University of Newcastle, she is working with Dr. Lisa Adkins and is a member of the international research network: New Times: Transforming Feminist Political Economies

Research Expertise
Kori Allan’s research focuses on the nature of labour, migration and citizenship in post-industrial Canada. Her SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research project, 'Working towards a future?: the precarious value of internships and volunteerism in Toronto, Canada', examines the ways in which labour and life are being reconfigured through the lens of unpaid work placements (e.g. volunteer work and internships). In particular, this project analyzes how immigrants and youth experience precarious un(der)employment affectively and temporally. Additionally, this project considers how such unpaid workers are often in-debted and subject to various forms of risk, contributing to research on the financialization of everyday life. Kori Allan's ongoing research on labour and migration examines the un(der)employment of professional immigrants and the unequal distribution of citizenship in Toronto, Canada. Her work in the field of linguistic anthropology includes the study of neoliberalism, migration and language, and the value of communication in post-Fordist capitalism. In addition to receiving post-doctoral funding, Kori Allan has been awarded various scholarships, including a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to support her doctoral research.

Teaching Expertise
Kori Allan has extensive teaching and course design experience in anthropology and women and gender studies. She has taught on: the anthropology of work; the anthropology of gender; migration, citizenship and governance; gender and neoliberalism; and ideologies of language and communication. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto


  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Financialization and Debt
  • Gender and Feminist Theory
  • Labour and Work
  • Language and Neoliberalism
  • Language and Political Economy
  • Migration and Citizenship

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 30
160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology 40
160103 Linguistic Anthropology 30


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Allan K, McElhinny B, 'Neoliberalism, language, and migration', The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language, Routledge, New York 79-101 (2017) [B1]
DOI 10.4324/9781315754512
2016 Allan K, 'Self-appreciation and the value of employability: integrating un(der) employed immigrants in post-Fordist Canada', The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract: Working and Living in Contingency, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 49-70 (2016) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Allan K, 'Skilling the self: The communicability of immigrants as flexible labour', Language, Migration and Social Inequalities: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work 56-78 (2013) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 19

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Allan K, 'Going Beyond Language: Soft skill-ing cultural difference and immigrant integration in Toronto, Canada', Multilingua: journal of cross-cultural and interlanguage communication, 35 617-647 (2016) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
2016 Allan K, 'Craft and the Creative Economy', AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES, 31 379-382 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.2016.1254027

Dr Kori Allan


Conjoint Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email kori.allan@newcastle.edu.au