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, Şahan Savaş Karataşlı (skaratasli[@] 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.


Şahan Savaş Karataşlı is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He examines dynamics of historical capitalism, inequality, social movements, revolutions, labor, and nationalism from a global and long-historical perspective. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including International Affairs, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Globalizations, Journal of Agrarian Change, and Journal of World-Systems Research. His research on the historical dynamics of capitalism and social movements has received many awards by the Political-Economy of the World-systems, Sociology of Development and the Comparative-Historical Section of the American Sociological Association. Karataşlı’s research has been translated into many world languages including Portuguese, Spanish, Hungarian, Persian, and Turkish. He is currently working on his book project, tentatively titled Global Waves of Nationalism: Capitalism, Hegemony and Creative Destructions of Nationhood. He is the current Editor-in Chief of the Marxist Sociology Blog. Follow him on Twitter @sskaratasli.

Commissioning editors

Barry Eidlin is an 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.

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 explores the politics of financialization and radical financial reform. His research and popular essays can be found here. Follow Mike on Twitter @its_mccarthy.

Umaima Miraj is a PhD student of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in gender, anti-colonial movements, and world-systems analysis. Her dissertation particularly focuses on centering women in a South Asian diaspora anti-colonial movement of the early 20 th century to highlight the gendered cost of revolutionary struggle and colonial empire by integrating feminist methodologies with macrohistorical sociology. Her work has appeared in
the Journal of World-Systems Research and Political Power and Social Theory. She has won the Canadian Sociological Association Comparative and Historical Research Cluster Best Student Paper Award and the U of T Dept of Sociology Daniel G Hill Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper for her research.

Gretchen Purser is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Co-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. She is the former Editor-in Chief of the Marxist Sociology Blog and is an Associate Editor of Critical Sociology and Research in the Sociology of Work. Follow Gretchen on Twitter @purser_gretchen.

Intan Suwandi is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University. She specializes on international political economy and global development. Her current research focuses on the topics of imperialism and global commodity chains. She is the author of Value Chains: The New Economic Imperialism (Monthly Review Press, 2019), which was a co-recipient of the 2020 Paul Sweezy Book Award and the 2018 winner of Paul A. Baran – Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award. She has published in International Critical Thought, Monthly Review, and Global Environmental Change. Her interviews have appeared in media outlets such as Textum, Iran Daily, Truthout, Cosmonaut Magazine, and the Hierarchies of Development Podcast.