James O'Connor (academic)

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James Richard O'Connor (April 20, 1930 – November 12, 2017[1]) was an American sociologist and economist.[2]

He was co-founder[3] and Editor-in-Chief (1988–2003)[4] of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology, and Director of the Center for Political Ecology in Santa Cruz, California.[5] After earning he PhD at Columbia University, and work at Washington University and San Jose State, he was among the new faculty hired to initiate the Sociology PhD program at UC Santa Cruz in the mid-70s. While at San Jose State, O'Connor co-founded and served as Coordinating Editor in the United States as part of the Bay Area Editorial Collective (along with Tasuku Noguchi – Japan, Marino Rigini – Italy, Stephan Liebfried –Germany, Tom Wengraf – Great Brittain) of the journal Kapitalistate (1973-1983).[6] He retired from teaching sociology, economics, and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz [5] in 1992 but remained active in the graduate program into the early 2000s.


  • Origins of Socialism in Cuba (Cornell University Press, 1970). ISBN 978-0801405426
  • The Corporation and the State: Essays in the Theory of Capitalism and Imperialism (1973). (HarperCollins, 1974). ISBN 978-0060903626
  • The Fiscal Crisis of the State (1973). (Transaction Publishers, October 17, 2001). ISBN 978-0765808608
  • Accumulation Crisis (1984) (Blackwell, 1986). ISBN 978-0631149477
  • The Meaning of Crisis (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1987). ISBN 0-631-13821-8
  • Natural Causes: Essays in Ecological Marxism (Guilford Press, 1998). ISBN 978-1-57230-273-0


  1. ^ Laurence, Barbara; Engel-Di Mauro, S. A. (December 17, 2017). "James Richard O'Connor (20 April 1930 – 12 November 2017)". Capitalism Nature Socialism. 28 (4): 1–2. doi:10.1080/10455752.2017.1412112.
  2. ^ Stilwell, Frank J. B.; Argyrous, George (January 2003). Economics as a social science: readings in political economy. Pluto Press Australia. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-86403-199-7. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  3. ^ Capitalism Nature Socialism, Editorial Board, Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology," The Alternative Press Center. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b "About the Author," Guilford Press. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Kapitalistate". www.ssc.wisc.edu. Retrieved 2017-11-16.

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