The Marxist Sociology Blog features short articles (~1,000 words) on Marxist theory, research and politics. Those who wish to write for the blog may email the editor-in-chief, Gretchen Purser (gwpurser@syr.edu) with a proposed title and topic (one paragraph maximum). Items may include:

  • News analysis or commentary
  • Research findings (summaries of the author’s own published research)
  • Book reviews

The members of the editorial team are listed below.

Editor-in-chief

Gretchen Purser is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on labor, housing, and neoliberal poverty management in the United States. Her articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals–including Qualitative Sociology, Ethnography, Critical Sociology, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography–and have received awards from the ASA sections on Marxist Sociology, Labor and Labor Movements, Sociology of Human Rights, and Public Sociology. In addition to serving as the editor-in-chief of the Marxist Sociology Blog, she is an Associate Editor of Research in the Sociology of Work and a commissioning editor for Work In Progress. Follow Gretchen on Twitter @purser_gretchen. 

Commissioning editors

Colin Arnold is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia.  His research straddles political and economic sociology, with a particular emphasis on political development, social movements, and the dynamics of global capitalism.  His dissertation specifically explores how political parties and allied movements have interacted to shape the trajectory of American trade policy and politics from the early 1970s through the present.  His work has appeared in the Journal of World-Systems Research, Mobilization, among other non-academic venues.

Barry Eidlin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University. He is a comparative historical sociologist interested in the study of class, politics, social movements, and social change. His book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Other research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Politics & Society, Sociology Compass, and Labor History, among other venues. He also comments regularly in various media outlets on labor politics and policy.

Zachary Levenson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He works on questions related to surplus populations in Southern cities, above all, in South African land occupations. He is currently completing a book entitled Delivery and Dispossession: The Politics of Housing in Post-Apartheid South Africa that challenges the way we think about the role of the state in forced evictions. His work has appeared in the Journal of Agrarian Change, Urban Studies, International Sociology, and Catalyst, among other venues. Follow him on Twitter @grundrza.

Michael A. McCarthy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Marquette University. His research broadly concerns capitalism and democracy. His book Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions was published in 2017 with Cornell University Press. The book was awarded with the Paul Sweezy Book Award as well as an honorable mention for the Labor and Labor Movements Book Award. His current book project, tentatively titled The Master’s Tools: Finance Against Capital, is under contract with Verso Books. It It explores the politics of financialization and radical financial reform. His research and popular essays can be found here. Follow Mike on Twitter @its_mccarthy.