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Robert Ovetz

Robert Ovetz

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer


Robert Ovetz has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. He researches and writes about the politics of self-organized class struggle and the crisis of capitalism at the turn of the 20th century and the adjunctification of academic labor.

He has worked in the Texas legislature, was the executive director of the NGO Seaflow, and has worked as a policy advocate for other non-government organizations on debt, development, human rights and ocean conservation issues. Robert successfully lobbied the United Nations Law of the Seas Convention to implement the first global protections for endangered marine species from industrial fishing.

Robert’s writings have been published widely in the academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Air America, BBC, and KPFA and in the Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Z Magazine, The Ecologist, Canberra Times (Australia), Orlando Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), UPI, Critical Sociologist, Working USA, and Capital & Class, among others. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor & Society (formerly Working USA).

He also currently teaches political science at San Francisco State University and San José State University. Robert recently completed his first book When Workers Shot Back: Class Struggle from 1877 to 1924 which will published by Brill in The Netherlands in 2017.

Robert lives in Marin County, California, USA, loves to ride his bike, and listens to loud music.

Many of Robert's writings can be found at: