Curriculum vitae william I. Robinson

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Department of Sociology

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 93016

(805) 893-5607



Ph.D. Sociology. University of New Mexico. 1994

M.A. Latin American Studies. University of New Mexico. 1992
B.A. Journalism (major) and International Studies (minor). Friends World College, Huntington, N.Y. 1981. Included four years of study in Kenya, Nigeria and Costa Rica.
University of Ibadan, Nigeria. (visiting student). Courses in African Studies, political economy, international relations, and journalism. 1979
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1977-1978 (visiting student). Courses in African studies, politics, economics and journalism. 1977-1978

Current Positions
2001 - present Assistant to Full Professor, Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

Prior Academic Positions
1998-2001 Assistant Professor of Sociology, New Mexico State University
1996 - 1998 Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
1994 - 1996 Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.


In Press We Will Not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics (edited with Maryam Griffin), London and Oakland: Pluto Press and AK Press

2014 Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2008 Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Globalization Perspective. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
2016: updated Spanish edition, America Latina y el Capitalismo Global, Siglo XXI, Mexico City.
2005 Critical Globalization Studies (edited, with Richard Appelbuam). New York/London: Routledge.
2004 A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class and State in a Transnational World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Spanish edition published in 2007, Una Teoria del Capitalismo Global: Produccion, Clase, y Estado en un Mundo Transnacional. Bogota: Desde Abajo.
Chinese edition publihsed in 2009 by Social Science Academy Press.
Czech edition published in 2012 with a new Preface. Prague: Center for Global Studies, Czech Academy of Sciences.
Second updated Spanish edition, with a new preface, published in 2014 by Siglo XXI, Mexico City.
2003 Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change and Globalization. London: Verso.
Spanish edition published in 2011 with a new introduction, Conflictos Transnacionales: Centroamerica, Cambio Social, y Globalizacion. San Salvador: Ediciones UCA/Central American University Press.
1996 Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, U.S. Intervention, and Hegemony. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Serbian edition, published in 2012 with a new Introduction. Belgrade: Filip Vichnich Publishing House, in conjunction with the University of Belgrade.
1992 A Faustian Bargain: U.S. Intervention in the Nicaraguan Elections and American Foreign Policy In the Post Cold War Era. Boulder: Westview Press.
1987 David and Goliath: The U.S. War Against Nicaragua. New York: Monthly Review Press, with Kent Norsworthy (also published by Zed Press, London).

Articles in Academic Journals

In Press “Time for a Paradigm Shift?: The Rise of Transnational Capital and Debate on the Global Ruling Class,” Actuel Marx.

2016 “Introduction: Globalization and Race in World Capitalism” Journal of World-Systems Research, 22(1):3-8.
2015 “Clarity, Theoretical, Conceptual and Normative Commitment in the Critique of Global Capitalism,” Deliberation, Knowledge Ethnics (Erwagen, Wissen, Ethik[EWE])
2015 “The Transnational State and the BRICS: A Global Capitalism Perspective,” Third World Quarterly, 36(1).
2014 “Global Capitalism, Immigrant Labor, and the Struggle for Justice,” Class, Race, and Corporate Power, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Article 1, Fall 2014.
2014 “Os BRICS no Capitalismo Transnacional,” Tensoes Mund, 10(18-19):491-503.
2014 “The Fetishism of Empire: A Critical Review of Panitch and Gindin’s The Making of Global Capitalism,” Studies in Political Economy, 93, spring:147-165.
2013 “Policing the Global Crisis,” Journal of World-Systems Research, 19(2):193-197.
2013 “Global Capitalism and its Anti-‘Human Face’: Organic Intellectuals and Interpretations of the Crisis,” Globalizations, 10(5), pp. 715-727.
2013 “Promoting Polyarchy: Twenty Years Later,” International Relations
2012 “’The Great Recession’ of 2008 and the Continuing Crisis: A Global Capitalism Perspective,” The International Review of Modern Sociology, 38 (2):169-198
2012 “Global Capitalism and the Emergence of Transnational Elites” Critical Sociology, 38(3):349-364

2012 “Capitalist Globalization as World Historic Context: A Response”, Critical Sociology, 38(3):405- 416.

2012 “Global Capitalism and Twenty-First Century Fascism: A U.S. Case Study”, Race and Class, Lead author, co-authored with Mario Barrera. 53(3):4-29.
2011 “Global Capital Leviathan,” Radical Philosophy, No 165:2-6.
2011 “Globalization and the Sociology of Immanuel Wallerstein: A Critical Appraisal,” International Sociology, 26(6): 723-745.
2010 “Reputations: Giovanni Arrighi: Systemic Cycles of Accumulation and Hegemonic Transitions, and the Rise of China,” New Political Economy.
2009 “Global Capitalism, Social Science, and Methods of Critique: Response to Cammack’s ‘Forget the Transnational State’,” Geopolitics, History and International Relations, 1(2).98-108.
2009 “Saskia Sassen and the Sociology of Globalization: A Critical Appraisal,” Sociological Analysis, Vol. 3, No. 1: 5-29.
2009 “Globalizacion, Crisis, y Escenarios de Futuro,” Estudios Centroamericanos, 63(715-716):331-344.
2007 “Jess Diaz and Javier Rodriguez: Undocumented in America,” Interview Essay, New Left Review, 47, Sept-Oct: 93-106.
2007 “The Pitfall of Realist Analysis of Global Capitalism: A Critique of Ellen Meiksins Wood’s Empire of Capital,” Historical Materialism, 15:71-93.
2007 “Beyond the Theory of Imperialism: Global Capitalism and the Transnational State,” Societies Without Borders, 2:5-26.
2006 “Reification and Theoreticism in the Study of Globalization, Imperialism, and Hegemony: A Comment on Kiely, Pozo, and Valladao,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 19(3)
2006 “Aqui Estamos y no Nos Vamos!: Global Capitalist and the Struggle for Immigrant Rights,” Race and Class. 48(2).
2005 “Gramsci and Globalization: From Nation-State to Transnational Hegemony,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 4:1-16.
2005 “Global Capitalism: The New Transnationalism and the Folly of Conventional Thinking,” Science and Society, vol. 69, no. 3.
2004 “What to Expect from U.S. ‘Democracy Promotion’ in Iraq,” New Political Science, Vol. 26, No. 3, September:441-447.
2004 “Studying Race-Gender Inequality in the 21st Century: A Critical Review of Evelyn Nakano Glenn’s Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor,” review/exchange symposium, Ethnicities, scheduled for Vol. 4, No. 3, September 2004.
2004 “Global Crisis and Latin America,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2004:135-153
2003 “The Debate on Globalization,” review article, Science and Society. Vol. 67, No. 3:

2003 “Capitalismo Global y Hegemonia Transnacional: Apuntes Teoricos y Evidencias Empiricas,” Cuardernos de Nuestra America, published in two parts. Part I: Vol. 16, No. 31, Jan.–June 2003: 9-48. Part II: Vol. 16, No. 32, Aug.-Dec. 2003:97-109. Revised, updated, and expanded Spanish-language version of “Global Capitalism and Transnational Hegemony,” published in Turkish in Praxis, Vol. 8, 2003.

2003 Turkish language translation of “Global Capitalism and Transnational Hegemony: Theoretical Notes and Empirical Evidence,” Praksis, Vol. 8.
2002 “Remapping Development in Light of Globalization: From a Territorial to a Social Cartography,” Third World Quarterly. Vol. 23, No. 6:1047-1071.
2002 “Globalization as a Macro-structural-historical Framework of Analysis: The Case of Central America,” New Political Economy, scheduled for Vol. 7, No. 2, July 2002:221-249.
2002 “Global Capitalism and Nation-State Centric Thinking: What We Don't See When We Do See Nation-States. Response to Arrighi, Mann, Moore, van der Pijl, and Went,” Science and Society, Vol. 65, No. 4 (Winter 2001-2002):500-508.
2001 “Transnational Processes, Development Studies, and Changing Social Hierarchies in the World System: A Central American Case Study,” Third World Quarterly, scheduled for Vol. 22, No. 4:529-563.

  1. “Social Theory and Globalization: The Rise of a Transnational State,” Theory and Society Vol. 30, No. 2:157-200, published together with “Response to MacMichael, Block, and Goldfrank”:223-236.

Translated to French and published in 2015 in Periode, at

2000 “Neo-Liberalism, the Global Elite, and the Guatemalan Transition: A Critical Macrosocial Analysis,” Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs (vo. 42, No. 4:89-107).
2000 “Toward a Global Ruling Class?: Globalization and the Transnational Capitalist Class,” Science and Society, Vol. 64, No. 1, Spring:11-54.
1999 “Latin America in the Age of Inequality: Confronting the New ‘Utopia’,” International Studies Review, Vol 1, Issue 3, Fall 1999:41-67.
1999 "The Fin de Siecle Debate: Globalization as Epochal Shift", co-authored with Roger Burbach, Science and Society, Spring 1999, 63, No. 1:10-39.41-67.
1998/99 “Latin America and Global Capitalism,” Race and Class 40 (No. 2/3):111-131.
1998 "Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies," Sociological Forum 13 (No. 4):561-594..
1998 "(Mal)development in Central America: Globalization and Social Change," Development and Change 29:467-497.
1997 "Global Capitalism and the Oromo Liberation Struggle: Theoretical Notes on U.S. Policy Towards the Ethiopian Empire," Journal of Oromo Studies 4 (No. 1, 2):1-46
1997 "A Case Study of Globalization Processes in the Third World: A Transnational Agenda in Nicaragua," Global Society 11 (No 1):61-91.
1996 "Globalization, the world system, and 'democracy promotion' in U.S. foreign policy," Theory and Society 25 (No. 5):615-665.
1996 "Globalisation: Nine Theses of Our Epoch, Race and Class, 38 (No. 2):13-31.
1996 "Transnational Politics and Global Social Order: A Reassessment of the Chilean Transition in Light of U.S. Intervention," Journal of Political and Military Sociology, 24 (No. 2):1-30.
1995 "Pushing Polyarchy: The U.S.-Cuba Case and the Third World," Third World Quarterly: Journal of Emerging Areas 16 (No. 4):631-647.
1993 "The Global Economy and the Latino Populations In The United States: A World System Approach," Critical Sociology 19 (No. 2):29-60.
1988 "A Critique of the Antidemocratic Tendency Argument: The Case of Mass Organizations and Popular Participation in Nicaragua" (with Kent Norsworthy), Latin American Perspectives 15 (No. 1):134-141.
1985 "Elections and U.S. Intervention in Nicaragua" (with Kent Norsworthy), Latin American Perspectives 12 (No. 2):83-110.

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