Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada (co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz). Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.
Language and Power: A Linguistic Regime for North America (co-edited with Stéphan Sberro). Thunder Bay: CNS Press, 2013. 300 pp.
Pulp Friction: Communities and the Forest Industry in a Globalized World (co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu). Thunder Bay: CNS Press, 2012. 200 pp.
Labouring Finns: Transnational Politics in Finland, Canada, and the United States (co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu, et al.) Turku: Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, 2011. 200pp.
Long-Term Solutions for a Short Term World: Canada and Research Development (co-edited with Bruce Muirhead). Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011. 200pp.
CRDI: 40 ans d'idées, d'innovations et d'impacts (co-authored with Bruce Muirhead). Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2011. 346pp.
The International Development Research Centre: 40 Years of Ideas, Innovation and Impact (co-authored with Bruce Muirhead). Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010. 346pp.
Developments, Definitions, and Directions in Finnish Language, Literature, and Culture (co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu). Hancock, MI: Finnish North American Literature Association (special issue 14:2 of the Journal of Finnish Studies), 2010.
The Lady Lumberjack: An Annotated Collection of Dorothea Mitchell's Writings (co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu). Thunder Bay: CNS Press, 2005. 145pp.
Karelian Exodus: Finnish Communities in North America and Soviet Karelia during the Depression Era (co-edited with Varpu Lindstrom, et al.) Aspasia Books/Journal of Finnish Studies, 2004. 235pp.
The West Indians of Costa Rica: Race, Class, and the Integration of an Ethnic Minority. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001. 264pp.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
Beaulieu, Michel S., David K Ratz, and Ronald Harpelle. "Writing About the Finnish Canadian Experience." In Hard Work Conquers All: Building the Finnish Community in Canada, edited by Michel S. Beaulieu, David K. Ratz, and Ronald Harpelle, 1-28. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.
"Forests: A History of the Staple of the Canadian and Finnish Economies." In Canada-Finland, Celebrating 2017: "A brave. hospitable, and altogether admirable people," edited by Markku Henriksson, Michel S. Beaulieu, Carmen Pekkarinen, and Mari-Anna Suurmunne, 186-191. Helsinki: Suomi-Kanada-seura/Finnish-Canadian Society and Embassy of Canada to Finland, 2017.
"Transplanted West Indians: Forgotten People on the Western Shores of the Caribbean Sea.” In Another Black Like Me: The Construction of Identities and Solidarity in the African Diaspora, edited by Elaine Pereira Rocha and Nielson Rosa Bezerra, 24-45. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
“West Indian Sojourners in Guatemala and Honduras” Review essay. New West Indian Guide 86: 3 & 4 (2011): 298-301.
“The Underpinnings of Canadian Development Assistance.” In Long Term Solutions in a Short Term World: Canada and Research for Development, edited by R. Harpelle and B. Muirhead. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
“Costa Rica” Historical commentary on Garveyism and the UNIA in Costa Rica, and annotations for approximately 70 documents in The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers: The Caribbean Diaspora, 1910-1920 Vol. XI, edited by Robert Hill. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
“Guatemala” Historical Commentary on Garveyism and the UNIA in Guatemala, and annotations for approximately 15 documents in The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers: The Caribbean Diaspora, 1910-1920 Vol. XI, edited by Robert Hill. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
“Panama and the Panama Canal Zone” Historical Commentary on Garveyism and the UNIA in Panama and the Canal Zone, and annotations for approximately 300 documents in separate sections for Panama and the Panama Canal Zone in The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers: The Caribbean Diaspora, 1910-1920 Vol. XI, edited by Robert Hill. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
“‘White Zones:’ American Enclave Communities in Central America.” In Between Race and Place: Blacks and Blackness in Central America, edited by Justin Wolfe and Lowell Gudmunson, 307-344. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
"Cooking Class: Order and the Other in the Corporate Kitchens of Latin America.” In Negotiating Identities in Modern Latin America, edited by Hendrik Kraay. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007.
Bruce Muirhead and Ronald Harpelle. “The IDRC and Middle East: An Innovative Development Model.” In Canada and the Middle East: In Theory and Practice, edited by Bessma Momani and Paul Heinbecker, 145-160. Waterloo: Laurier University Press, 2007.
"West Indian Immigration and Racism in Costa Rica, 1880-1942." In Race, Culture, Identity and One Hundred Fifty Years of Intra-Caribbean Migration, ed. Annette Insanally. Mona, Jamaica: The Latin American-Caribbean Cente of the University of the West Indies, 2006. Reprinted also in Regional Footprints: The Travels and Travails of Early Caribbean Migrants, ed. Annette Insanally, Mark Clifford, and Sean Sheriff. Mona, Jamaica: Latin American-Caribbean Centre, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, 2006.
“White Women on the Frontier: American Enclave Communities on the Caribbean Coast of Central America.” Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diaspora 8:2 (Spring/Summer 2005): 6-34.
“Cross Currents in the Western Caribbean: Marcus Garvey and Garveyism in Central America.” Caribbean Studies (Special Issue: Garveyism in the Hispanic Caribbean) 31:1 (January-June 2003): 35-74.
“West Indians, Environmental Disaster and the Costa Rican Banana Industry." In The Socio-economic and Cultural Impact of West Indian Migration to Costa Rica (1870-1940). Kingston, Jamaica: The Latin American-Caribbean Centre of the University of the West Indies, 2003.
"Bananas and Business: West Indians and United Fruit in Costa Rica." Race and Class 42:1 (2000): 57-72.
"Radicalism and Accomodation: Garveyism in a United Fruit Company Enclave." Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 6:1 (2000): 1-28.
"Racism and Nationalism in the Creation of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast Banana Enclave." The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History 56:3 (2000): 29-51.
"Ethnicity, religion, and repression: The Denial of African Heritage in Costa Rica." Canadian Journal of History 29:2 (1994): 95-112.
"The Social and Political Integration of West Indians in Costa Rice: 1930-50." Journal of Latin American Studies 25:1 (1993): 103-120.