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. (2019). Racialized neoliberal philanthropy: Examining arts for social change grantmaking. In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-ninth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Online ISSN: 2151-6561.

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, Montreal. Retrieved 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.