Rob Aitken, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept
(780) 492-0539
10-29 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.  I completed a BA in Political Studies and Comparative Development Studies from Trent University and a MA and PhD in Political Science from Carleton University.


My research focuses on International Political Economy (IPE) and the everyday contexts of global financial practices. My research responds to the questions: What are the various links that connect everyday worlds and global financial markets writ large? What are the cultures that sustain those connections? How might those connections be resisted? Empirically this entails attention to the ways in which financial institutions have used a variety of cultural practices in attempting to mobilize everyday, working-class or 'unbanked' populations. I am also interested in the historical use of culture in the construction and reconstruction of political economic order including cultural forms of resistance. Theoretically, my work is animated by governmentality, cultural economy and post-structuralist methods in IPE. I would welcome supervising graduate students working on critical approaches to IPE, global finance and the cultural analysis of economic life.


POL S 101 - Introduction to Politics

An introduction to major political concepts and to the study of politics. Note: Not open to students with credit in POL S 100 or 103.

Winter Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
POL S 359 - Topics in International Politics

This course examines contemporary controversies in international politics. Information about specific topics are available from the Department. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Winter Term 2021 Fall Term 2021
POL S 364 - Introduction to International Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to the ideas, institutions, and forces which are shaping the new international political economy. It examines the politics of trading blocks such as NAFTA and the EU, North-South relations, and the interactions of markets and states in the global economy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235, 261 (or 230, 240, or 260) or Department consent.

Winter Term 2022
POL S 462 - Political Economy of Global Governance

Competing analytical frameworks within international political economy; social and ideological dimensions of governance in a globalized world. Prerequisite: One of POL S 261 (or 260) or Department consent.

Fall Term 2021
POL S 566 - Topics in International Political Economy

Fall Term 2021

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"Everyday Debt Relationalities."
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Finding the Edges of Payday Lending
Author(s): Rob Aitken
Publication: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
Volume: 12
Page Numbers: 377-409
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Games and the Subjugated Knowledges of Finance.
Author(s): Rob Aitken
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Performing Capital: Toward a Cultural Economy of Popular and Global Finance
Author(s): Rob Aitken
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"Performing the Limits of Finance."
Author(s): Rob Aitken
Publication: Journal for Cultural Research
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The Financialization of Micro-Credit
Author(s): Rob Aitken
Publication: Development and Change
Volume: 44
Issue: 3
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