G. William Domhoff

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G. William Domhoff, Ph.D.
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936 (age 80)[1]
Youngstown, Ohio[1]
Residence Santa Cruz, California
Fields Psychology, sociology
Institutions University of California, Santa Cruz
Education Duke University (BA Psychology, 1958)
Kent State University (MA Psychology, 1959)
University of Miami (Ph.D. Psychology, 1962)
Known for Who Rules America? (1967, #12)
The Higher Circles (1970, #39)
The Powers That Be (1979, #47)
Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43)

George William 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, where he served as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, sociology chair (and chair of three other committees), and founding faculty member of UCSC's Cowell College.[1]

He is perhaps best known as the author of four best-sellers: Who Rules America? (1967, #12) and its six subsequent editions, all used as sociology textbooks, The Higher Circles (1970, #39), The Powers That Be (1979, #47), and Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43).[1]

Early life[edit]

Domhoff was born in Youngstown, Ohio and raised in Rocky River, Ohio, 12 miles from Cleveland. His parents were George William Domhoff Sr., a loan executive, and Helen S. (Cornett) Domhoff, a secretary at the same company, before becoming a homemaker when he was born. His mother returned to secretary work at Magnificat High School, a Catholic School, then a doctor's office once his younger sister enrolled in college. [1]

In high school, Domhoff was a tri-athlete in baseball, basketball, and football as running back, wrote for his school newspaper's sports section, served on student council, and won the batboy position for the Cleveland Indians. His sister was a cheerleader, in what he describes as a idyllic upbringing in sheltered world. He graduated as co-valedictorian and tested in the top 1 percent in Ohio, where his name appeared in print for the first time.[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, tutored the student-athletes, and was classmates with Elizabeth Dole. During undergrad, he also wrote for The Durham Sun and received his Phi Beta Kappa key.[1]

He 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]

Personal life[edit]

In 1961 at 25, he married Judy Boman, a nursery school teacher. They had four children,[1] including Lori (née Domhoff) Hill, wife of Glenallen Hill,[3][4] a former MLB player on the Chicago Cubs (1993–94, 1998–2000), San Francisco Giants (1995–97), and New York Yankees (2000).

Career[edit]

Founding faculty, research professor, dean, and chair[edit]

In the early 1960s, Domhoff was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles.

In 1965, he became Assistant Professor, and then Associate Professor of Psychology in 1969 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was a founding faculty member of the UCSC Cowell College as a Research Professor of Psychology and Sociology from 1975[5] until his retirement.

Domhoff eventually served as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences,[6] sociology chair, chair of the Academic Senate, chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel, chair of the Statewide Committee on Preparatory Education (chairing four committees total), a Research Committee member, and founder of the Santa Cruz Harbor Commission, before retiring early in 1994 at 58, while remaining an active scholar in both fields.[1]

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

Author[edit]

His first book, Who Rules America? (1967), was a 1960s bestseller (#12)[1] arguing that the United States is dominated by an elite ownership class, both politically and economically.[7] The 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 other bestsellers: The Higher Circles (1970, #39), The Powers That Be (1979, #47), and Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43).[1]

Domhoff also wrote six subsequent WRA editions, all used as sociology textbooks, including Who Rules America Now?, Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance (2009), Who Rules America? Power and Politics (2013), and Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (2013). The University of California, Santa Cruz hosts his online summary collection, also titled "Who Rules America?"[8]

As a pioneer of scientific dream research,[9] his other research books include Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach, (1996), The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis (2003),[10] and the forthcoming, The Emergence of Dreaming: Mind-Wandering, Embodied Simulation, and The Default Network[9] by Oxford University Press.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Differentiation of Productive and Non-productive Character Orientations. a Master of Arts in Psychology, Kent State University, 1959
  • Who Rules America? 1st ed. 1967
    • Who Rules America Now?, 1983
    • Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance. McGraw-Hill Education, 2009
    • Who Rules America? Power and Politics, 2013
    • Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013
    • Looseleaf for Who Rules America ? McGraw-Hill Education, 2015
  • How to Commit Revolution in Corporate America : A Tentative Handbook for Practical Radicals. Taschenbuch/Free University/Entwhistle Books/Last Word Press, 1968, Last Word Press 2014
  • C. Wright Mills and the Power Elite. Houghton Mifflin, 1968
  • The Higher Circles. Random house, New York, 1970
  • Fat cats and Democrats. The Role of the Big Rich in the Party of the Common Man. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1972
  • Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness[1], Harper & Row, ISBN 0-06-131880-9, 1974
  • Who Really Rules?: New Haven and Community Power Reexamined. Transaction Publishers, 1978, 2010
  • The powers that be: processes of ruling-class domination in America. Random House, 1978
  • Power structure research. Sage Publications, 1980
  • The Power Elite and the State: How Policy Is Made in America. Transaction Publishers/Aldine de Gruyter, New York, 1990
  • The Mystique of Dreams: A Search for Utopia Through Senoi Dream Theory. University of California Press,1990
  • Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach. Plenum 1996, Springer Science 2013
  • State Autonomy Or Class Dominance ? : Case Studies on Policy Making in America. Transaction Publishers/Aldine de Gruyter, New York, 1996
  • The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis. American Psychological Association, 2003
  • Changing the Powers that be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003
  • The Myth of Liberal Ascendancy: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. Paradigm Publishers, 2012
  • The Emergence of Dreaming: Mind-Wandering, Embodied Simulation, and The Default Network, Oxford University Press

Spanish[edit]

  • Quién gobierna Estados Unidos ? Siglo XXI, 1999

Collective[edit]

  • Blacks in the White Establishment ?: A Study of Race and Class in America. Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Yale University Press, 1993
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top ? Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Yale University Press, 1998
  • Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue ? Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, why it Matters. by Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006
  • The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz. Richard Gendron, G. William Domhoff, Westview Press, 2008
  • The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies. Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011

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