Harry Cleaver

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Harry Cleaver Jr.
Harry cleaver teaching.jpg
Cleaver lecturing at the University of Texas at Austin
Born (1944-01-21) January 21, 1944 (age 73)[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Professor emeritus[2]
Academic background
Education Ph.D.
Alma mater Stanford University[3]
Thesis title The Origins of the Green Revolution[4]
Thesis year 1975
Doctoral advisor John G. Gurley[4]
Academic work
Discipline Economics
Sub discipline Marxian economics, Autonomist Marxism
Institutions University of Texas, Austin, The New School[3]
Notable works Reading Capital Politically

Harry Cleaver Jr. (21 January 1944) is an American scholar, Marxist theoretician, and professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He is best known as the author of Reading Capital Politically, an autonomist reading of Karl Marx's Capital. Cleaver is currently active in the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico.[3]


Cleaver began his undergraduate studies at Antioch College in 1962, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1967. At Antioch, Cleaver became involved in the American Civil Rights Movement and began his lifelong engagement with political activism.[3] From 1964-965, Cleaver studied abroad at the University of Montpellier where he engaged with the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France. In 1967, Cleaver enrolled at Stanford University to begin a Ph.D. in economics. While at Stanford, Cleaver was active in the Anti-war Movement. As a student activist opposed to the Vietnam War, Cleaver protested the Stanford Research Institute's alleged connection to the United States Department of Defense, which became the impetus for his dissertation research into the connections between the Green Revolution and social engineering.[5][6] Cleaver's frustrations with mainstream economic theory during this period in his studies lead him to embrace Marxism.[3]



In 1971, Cleaver was hired as an assistant professor at the Université de Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec where he taught for three years, finished his dissertation, and studied Québécois nationalism. From 1974 to 1976, Cleaver was a visiting assistant professor at the New School for Social Research in the department of economics. In 1976, Cleaver took a position in the economics department of the University of Texas at Austin where he would teach for 36 years, retiring in 2012.[7]

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  1. ^ Cleaver, Harry (May 2009). "Curriculum Vitae for Harry Cleaver". Harry Cleaver Homepage. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Faculty Bio - Harry Cleaver Jr.". The University of Texas at Austin - College of Liberal Arts. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Cleaver, Harry. "Policy Activism". Harry Cleaver Homepage. Retrieved June 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Cleaver, Harry McBeath Jr. (1975). The Origins of the Green Revolution (Dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ Cleaver, Harry. "Research". Harry Cleaver Homepage. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Cleaver, Harry (March 1, 1972). "The Contradictions of the Green Revolution". The American Economic Review. American Economic Association. 62 (1/2): 177–186. JSTOR 1821541. 
  7. ^ Cleaver, Harry. "Teaching". Harry Cleaver Homepage. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 

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