Adam Saifer


Since completing my Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in 2018, I have worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Queen’s University, and as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies. My current research draws on theories of capitalism, nation, race, and gender to critically examine the possibilities, limits, and tensions of emerging market-based approaches to social change. My Ph.D. work focused on how the mainstreaming of business strategies, tools, and discourses in Canadian philanthropy has impacted the sector’s capacity to address racial inequality. I will be joining PhiLab in 2020-21 as a Postdoctoral Researcher, where I will explore the barriers and challenges faced by equity-focused grantees in their relationship with philanthropic actors.

Adam Saifer is the Supervisor of PhiLab’s Quebec Hub, since October 15th 2020.


Saifer, A & Dacin, T. (Forthcoming). Data and organization studies: Aesthetics, emotion, discourse and our everyday encounters with data. Organization Studies.

Saifer, A. (2020). Racial neoliberal philanthropy and the arts for social change. Organization. Online First.

Saifer, A. (2020). Philanthropic nation Branding, ideology, and accumulation: Insights from the Canadian context. Journal of Business Ethics. Online First.

Saifer, A. (2020). COVID-19 has exposed the limits of philanthropy. The Conversation Canada. Retrieved from

Saifer, A. (2020). Invisible Causes and Philanthropy. [Editorial]. Edition: Philanthropy and Invisible Causes. PhiLab. Retrieved from

Saifer, A. (2020). Philanthropy during COVID-19: The urgency of a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. Alliance Magazine. Retrieved from

Saifer, A. (2020). Philanthropic nation branding. Edition: Philanthropy and Sense of Place. Retrieved from

Saifer, A. (2019). Imagining the exceptional Canada: Nation, art, and social change in Canada’s charitable sector. Journal of Canadian Studies, (53)1, 95-122.

Saifer, A. (2019). The role of national identity in Canadian philanthropy. [Guest Contribution] PhiLab, MontrealRetrieved from

Saifer, A. (2018). Universal basic Income and social entrepreneurship. [Guest Contribution] Centre for Social Impact News Blog. Retrieved from

Saifer, A. (2018). Reimagining the creative economy through the lens of multiple colonialisms. Reviews in Cultural Theory, (8)1, 23-38.

Saifer, A. & Gaztambide-Fernández, R. (2017). Choosing the arts: The moral regulation of parents in the educational marketplace. British Journal of Sociology of Education, (8), 1190-1202.

Gaztambide-Fenández, R., Saifer, A., & Desai, C. (2013). “Talent” and the misrecognition of social advantage in specialized arts education. The Roeper Review – A Journal on Gifted Education, (3), 124-135.

Awards and distinctions

  • “Best Paper” Academy of Management – Critical Management Studies Division, 2019
  • “Best Paper” Academy of Management – Critical Management Studies Division, 2019
  • William H. Newman Award Nominee – Academy of Management  (Best paper based on a dissertation), 2019
  • Queen’s Post-Doctoral Travel Award, 2019
  • Monieson Centre Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant, 2015-2018
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Queen’s Graduate Award, 2013
  • OISE Funding Grant, 2011


Adam is an avid guitarist and enjoys hiking with his two dogs.