John Bellamy Foster

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John Bellamy Foster
Born (1953-08-15) August 15, 1953 (age 62)
Seattle, Washington
Residence Eugene, Oregon

Evergreen State College, B.A., 1975

York University, M.A., 1977, Ph.D., 1984
Occupation Professor, Editor
Employer University of Oregon
Known for Marxist writings
Title Professor of Sociology
Board member of Monthly Review Foundation
Spouse(s) Carrie Ann Naumoff (teacher)

John Bellamy Foster (born August 15, 1953) is a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and also editor of Monthly Review. His writes about political economy of capitalism and economic crisis, ecology and ecological crisis, and Marxist theory.[3] He has given numerous interviews, talks, and invited lectures, as well as written invited commentary, articles, and books on the subject.[4]


Foster was active in the anti-war and environmental movements before enrolling at Evergreen State College in 1971. He studied economics in response to what he saw as an unfolding crisis in the capitalist economy and US involvement with the coup in Chile.

In 1976, he moved to Canada and entered the political science graduate program at York University in Toronto. He submitted his 1979 paper, The United States and Monopoly Capital: The Issue of Excess Capacity, to Paul Sweezy of Monthly Review. He also was published in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Science & Society, and, in 1986, published The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy, based on his Ph.D. dissertation.

Foster was hired in 1985 as a Visiting Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College. One year later he took a position as assistant professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, and became a full professor of sociology in 2000. In 1989 he became a director of the Monthly Review Foundation Board and a member of the editorial committee of Monthly Review.[5]

Monthly Review[edit]

Foster published his first article for Monthly Review, "Is Monopoly Capital an Illusion?", while in graduate school in 1981. He became a director of the Monthly Review Foundation Board and a member of the Monthly Review editorial committee in 1989. Along with Robert McChesney, who had since their days at Evergreen College become a leading scholar of the political economy of the media, Foster joined Paul Sweezy and Harry Magdoff as a co-editor of Monthly Review in 2000. Two years later, he became president of the Monthly Review Foundation.

After Paul Sweezy's death in 2004, Robert McChesney's resignation as co-editor (while remaining on the board), and Harry Magdoff's death in 2006, Foster was left as sole editor of the magazine.

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  1. ^ "John Bellamy Foster". The Writers Directory (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Detroit: St. James Press. June 8, 2012. Gale Document Number: GALE|K1649567701. Retrieved 2013-01-21.  Gale Biography In Context (subscription required)
  2. ^ "John Bellamy Foster". Contemporary Authors Online (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Detroit: Gale. February 17, 2012. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000119139. Retrieved 2013-01-21.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  3. ^ The Planetary Emergency with Brett Clark, Monthly Review
  4. ^ University of Oregon, Department of Sociology. "Faculty Homepage". 
  5. ^ Elwell, Frank, W., ed. (2009). Macrosociology: The Study of Sociocultural Systems. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen. pp. 77–106, Chapter 3.