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Andrej Grubačić
Grubačić at the 2010 Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
SpouseRenata Ávila Pinto
ChildrenTanja Grubačić Pinto
Academic background
Alma materState University of New York at Binghamton
ThesisExilic spaces and practices in the modern world system
Academic work
DisciplineWorld-systems theory
InstitutionsCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies

Andrej Grubačić is a Yugoslav world historian, world-systems theorist, and activist based in the United States.

Early life and education[edit]

Grubačić was born in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He is the grandson of Ratomir Dugonjić, former president of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Vice president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Grubačić graduated from University of Belgrade and completed master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Grubačić is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and founded its Anthropology and Social Change department. Grubačić edits the Journal of World-Systems Research.[1] He is an affiliated Faculty in Residence with the UC Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.[2] After the premature death of his friend and colleague David Graeber,[3] Grubacic remains one of the very few prominent exponents of the anarchist anthropology research perspective, and his Center in San Francisco is the only academic institute in the United States dedicated exclusively to the study of anarchist anthropology [4] Living at the Edges of Capitalism, which Grubačić co-authored with Denis O'Hearn, won the 2017 American Sociological Association's Political Economy of the World-System Book Award.[5]

His work is a synthesis of Braudelian history, Hegelian Marxism, and anarchist anthropology of Peter Kropotkin.[6] Together with John Holloway and several other dissident academics, Grubacic has assembled a global federation of activist scholars and academic programs "inhabiting the cracks in academia".[7]

He is a member of Retort collective, and has participated in grassroots alter-globalization movement[8] and has supported international projects in Yugoslavia[9] and Rojava.[10] Since 2012, he has been writing about the revolution in Rojava and the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. As a professor at the University of Rojava, and social science editor at PM Press,[11] he is responsible for a number of books on Kurdish struggle published in English language.


  • Grubačić, Andrej, & O'Hearn, Denis (2016). Living at the edges of capitalism: Adventures in exile and mutual aid. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520287303.[12][13]
  • Grubačić, Andrej (2010). Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia. PM Press.
  • Lynd, Staughton & Grubačić, Andrej (2010) From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader. PM Press.
  • Grubačić, Andrej; Lynd, Staughton (2008). Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History. PM Press. ISBN 978-1-60486-041-2.
  • Grubačić, Andrej (2003). Globalizacija nepristajanja [The globalization of refusal] (in Serbian). Novi Sad: Svetovi. ISBN 86-7047-422-0. OCLC 64097747.[8]
  • Noam Comski, Politika bez Moci. Izdavac: DAF Zagreb, 2004. ISBN 953-6956-01-2.


  1. ^ "Andrej Grubačić". California Institute of Integral Studies. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "People". Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "David Graeber Left Us a Parting Gift -- His Thoughts on Kropotkin's "Mutual Aid"". September 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "Creating activist scholars: Extended interview with Andrej Grubacic".
  5. ^ "Political Economy of the World System Award Recipient History". American Sociological Association. March 7, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "Exile, World Systems Analysis and Anarchism with Andrej Grubačić | the Final Straw Radio Podcast". January 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Activist Scholarship: Inhabiting the Cracks of Academia with Andrej Grubačić | REC 2.0". YouTube.
  8. ^ a b Ambrozić, Dragan (November 13, 2003). "Kako podneti budućnost". Nedeljnik Vreme (in Bosnian). No. 671. Krajnje redak slučaj našeg predstavnika na svim značajnijim alterglobalističkim skupovima poslednjih godina, i autora koji se često pojavljuje u značajnoj inostranoj periodici – ovo je zanimljiv dokument i jedina naša alterglobalistička knjiga koju možete naći. [An extremely rare case of our representative at all major alterglobalist gatherings in recent years]
  9. ^ Rebick, Judy (May 1, 2002). "My Interview with Andrej". rabble.ca. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  10. ^ Barnard, Cornell W. (October 14, 2019). "Bay Area Kurds rally in solidarity of their homeland in the midst of humanitarian crisis". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "Kairos".
  12. ^ Wood, Lesley (August 28, 2017). "Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid". Contemporary Sociology. 46 (5): 556–558. doi:10.1177/0094306117725085p. JSTOR 26425707. S2CID 148768667.
  13. ^ Pullum, Amanda (2017). "Andrej Grubačić and Denis O'Hearn, Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016)". Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate. 21 (2). doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39401. ISSN 1913-9632.

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