Daniel Bender

Daniel Bender
Telephone number
(416) 208-5119
History / Food Studies


Daniel Bender is the Canada Research Chair in Cultural History and Analysis and a professor of history. He is the author or editor of three books: Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Global an Historical Perspective (edited, 2003), Sweated Work, Weak Bodies: Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns and Languages of Labor (2004), and American Abyss: Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry (2009).

His article have appeared in International Labor and Working-Class History, Radical History Review, Journal of Women's History, American Studies, and Journal of Social History.

He is currently working on a book length and digital project on the histories of zoos and the American empire, entitled "Animal Empire: Zoos and the American Exotic." He is the recipient of the UTSC Principal's Research Award (2009).

At UTSC, he teaches classes in American, food, and animal history and in the Intersections, Exchanges, and Encounters program.


M.A., Ph.D. (New York)

Research Interests

  • American Cultural and Labor History
  • Animal Studies
  • Food Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • History of Empire