Hillel H. Ticktin is a Marxist theorist and economist. He was born in South Africa in 1937 but had to leave to avoid arrest for political activism. He then lived and studied in the Soviet Union, where his PhD thesis, which was critical of official Communist Parties, was rejected. In 1965 he began teaching at Glasgow University, which in 2000 appointed him Professor of Marxist Studies. He retired in 2002. In 1973 he co-founded Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory.
He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Social Sciences Administration, and an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Glasgow University.