G. William Domhoff

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G. William Domhoff, Ph.D.
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936 (age 82)
ResidenceSanta Cruz, California
EducationDuke University (BA Psychology, 1958)
Kent State University (MA Psychology, 1959)
University of Miami (Ph.D. Psychology, 1962)
Known forWho Rules America? (1967-2014)
The Higher Circles (1970)
The Powers That Be (1979)
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, sociology
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (1965-1994)

George William ("Bill") Domhoff, Ph.D. (born August 6, 1936) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Psychology and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and founding faculty member of UCSC's Cowell College.[1]

He is best known as the author of several best-selling sociology books, including Who Rules America? and its six subsequent editions (1967 through 2014).

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Domhoff was born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in Rocky River, 12 miles from Cleveland. His parents were George William Domhoff Sr., a loan executive, and Helen S. (Cornett) Domhoff, a secretary at George Sr.'s company.

In high school, Domhoff was a three-sport athlete (in baseball, basketball, and football), wrote for his school newspaper's sports section, served on student council, and won a contest to be the batboy for the Cleveland Indians. He graduated as co-valedictorian.[1]

Education[edit]

Domhoff received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Duke University (1958), where he finished freshman year as sixth in his class, wrote for the Duke Chronicle, played baseball as an outfielder, and tutored the student athletes. As an undergraduate, he also wrote for The Durham Sun and received his Phi Beta Kappa key.[1] He later earned a Master of Arts in Psychology at Kent State University (1959), and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Miami (1962).[2]

Family[edit]

Domhoff has four children; his son-in-law is former Major League Baseball player Glenallen Hill.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Academia[edit]

In the early 1960s, Domhoff was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. In 1965, he joined the founding faculty[4] of the University of California, Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor at Cowell College; he became an Associate Professor in 1969, a Professor in 1976, and a Distinguished Professor in 1993. After his retirement in 1994, he has continued to publish and teach classes.[1]

Over the course of his career at UCSC, Domhoff served in many capacities at various times: Acting Dean of the Division of Social Sciences,[5] chair of the Sociology Department, chair of the Academic Senate, chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel, and chair of the Statewide Committee on Preparatory Education.[1]

In 2007, he received the University of California's Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, which honors the post-retirement contributions of UC faculty.[1]

Sociology[edit]

Domhoff's first book, Who Rules America? (1967), was a 1960s sociological best-seller,[1] arguing that the United States is dominated by an elite ownership class, both politically and economically.[6] Who Rules was followed by a series of sociology and power structure books like C. Wright Mills and the Power Elite (1968), Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats (1978), and three more best-sellers: The Higher Circles (1970), The Powers That Be (1979), and Who Rules America Now? (1983).[1]

Domhoff has written six updates to Who Rules America?; every edition has been used as a sociology textbook. In 2017, he contributed to Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America, a collection of essays and critiques.[7] He also has a "Who Rules America?" Web site, hosted by UCSC.[8]

Psychology[edit]

In addition to his work in sociology, Domhoff is a pioneer in scientific dream research.[9] In the 1960s, he worked closely with Calvin S. Hall, who had developed a content analysis system for dreams. He has continued scientific studies of dream content up to the present day, and his latest research advocates a neurocognitive basis for future dream research.[10]

He and his research partner maintain two web sites dedicated to quantitative dream research: DreamResearch.net and DreamBank.net.

Bibliography[edit]

Sociology[edit]

  • Who Rules America?, 1st ed. (1967). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
    • Who Rules America Now?, 4th ed. (1983). New York: Simon and Schuster.
    • Who Rules America? Power, Politics, and Social Change, 5th ed. (2006). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance, 6th ed. (2010). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich 7th ed. (2014). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Looseleaf for Who Rules America? (2015). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    • Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America (2017). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • C. Wright Mills and the Power Elite (1968). Boston: Beacon Press.
  • The Higher Circles (1970). New York: Random House.
  • Fat Cats and Democrats. The Role of the Big Rich in the Party of the Common Man (1972). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness (1974). New York: Harper & Row./ ISBN 0-06-131880-9
  • Who Really Rules?: New Haven and Community Power Reexamined (1978 & 2010). Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
  • The Powers That Be: Processes of Ruling-Class Domination in America (1978). New York: Random House.
  • Power Structure Research (1980). Beverly Hills: SAGE Publications.
  • The Power Elite and the State: How Policy Is Made in America (1990). New York: Transaction Publishers.
  • State Autonomy Or Class Dominance? : Case Studies on Policy Making in America (1996). New York: Transaction Publishers.
  • Changing the Powers that Be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win (2003). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • The Myth of Liberal Ascendancy: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession (2012). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

As a co-author[edit]

  • Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in America (1993) by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top? (1998) by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  • Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue? (2003) by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: How It Happened, Why It Matters (2006) by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz by Richard Gendron & G. William Domhoff (2008). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies (2011) by Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America? (2018) by G. William Domhoff & 11 other authors. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Psychology[edit]

  • Differentiation of Productive and Non-Productive Character Orientations (1959). Master of Arts in Psychology, Kent State University.
  • The Mystique of Dreams: A Search for Utopia Through Senoi Dream Theory (1990). Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach (1996). New York: Plenum Publishing.
  • The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis (2003). Washington: American Psychological Association Press.
  • The Emergence of Dreaming: Mind-Wandering, Embodied Simulation, and the Default Network (2018). New York: Oxford University Press.

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