Ellen Meiksins Wood

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Ellen Meiksins Wood (2012)

Ellen Meiksins Wood (born 1942 in New York City) is a Marxist historian and scholar.

Wood was born Ellen Meiksins one year after her parents, Latvian Jews active in the Bund, arrived in New York from Europe as political refugees. She was raised in the United States and Europe.

Wood received a B.A. in Slavic languages from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962 and subsequently entered the graduate program in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, from which she received the Ph.D. in 1970. From 1967 to 1996, she taught political science at Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Canada.[1][2]

She has written many books and articles, some conjointly with her husband, Neal Wood (1922–2003). Her book The Retreat from Class received the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize in 1988.[3] Her work has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Wood served on the editorial committee of the British journal New Left Review between 1984 and 1993. From 1997 to 2000, Wood was an editor, along with Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy, of Monthly Review, the independent socialist magazine.

In 1996, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, a marker of distinguished scholarship.[4] She now resides in England.


Sole author[edit]

Co-authored with Neal Wood[edit]

  • Class Ideology and Ancient Political Theory: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle in Social Context (Oxford University Press, 1978).
  • A Trumpet of Sedition: Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism, 1509-1688 (New York University Press, 1997).

Co-edited collections[edit]

  • In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda, ed. with John Bellamy Foster (Monthly Review Press, 1997).
  • Capitalism and the Information Age: The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution, ed. with Robert W. McChesney and John Bellamy Foster (Monthly Review Press, 1998).
  • Rising from the Ashes? Labor in the Age of "Global" Capitalism, ed. with Peter Meiksins and Michael Yates (Monthly Review Press, 1998).

Publications available online[edit]


  1. ^ "An interview with Ellen Meiksins Wood - co-editor of 'Monthly Review'", Monthly Review (May 1999). Retrieved from http://findarticles.com 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ "York professors named to Royal Society," The York University Gazette, Vol. 27, No. 8 (23 October 1996) ISSN 1199-5246 [ Retrieved 18 April 2010 ]
  3. ^ "York professors named to Royal Society," The York University Gazette, Vol. 27, No. 8 (23 October 1996) ISSN 1199-5246 [ Retrieved 18 April 2010 ]
  4. ^ RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada

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Book reviews