Dr. John Asimakopoulos is founding Executive Director of the scholar-activist Transformative Studies Institute (TSI) and works with a highly underprivileged student population at the City University of New York as an Full Professor of Sociology. He also edits Theory in Action, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal. His work focuses on labor, globalization, and sociological theory. His publications include articles and books on the history of social movements and how they can inform a new global working class movement for the ushering of epochal change toward a just society. His works champion the formation of a counter ideology, independent working class media and educational institutions, and direct action toward this end. He is currently working with his colleagues at TSI to establish a new free, accredited, and progressive university operated by scholar-activists. John’s interest in the working-class stems from his parents who obtained only third grade educations. They worked as landless farmers in Greece and later as immigrant factory workers in the United States. Early on in life, John observed that his parents’ hard work was never rewarded pushing him to think of social justice. Ever since, he has dedicated his life to promoting equality and social justice for all peoples.
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The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Ph.D. in Sociology, 2000
(Dissertation: Comparative Analysis of European and American Working Class Attainments)
The Graduate Center, City University of New York, M.Phil., 1998
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, M.A. in Political Science, 1994
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, M.A. in Economics, 1993
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, B.A. with High Honors in Economics and Sociology, 1992
32nd Highschool, Athens, Greece, 1989
City University of New York, 2004–present
Tenured Full Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences
Transformative Studies Institute a NJ Nonprofit Corporation, 2007–present
Executive Director; Editor in Chief Theory in Action (quarterly peer-reviewed)
Montclair State University, 2003–2008
Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology
Seton Hall University, 1997–2002
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Sociology/Graduate School of Diplomacy & International Relations
On the Monetization of Society. Forthcoming 2016. John Asimakopoulos. Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. Paperback edition published by Haymarket 2017.
Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents. Forthcoming 2016. John Asimakopoulos and Richard Gilman-Opalsky. Temple University Press.
Social Structures of Direct Democracy: On the political economy of equality. John Asimakopoulos. 2014. Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. Paperback edition published by Haymarket 2015. ISBN: 9789004262720
Precarious Communism: Manifest Mutations, Manifesto Detourned by Richard Gilman-Opalsky [Book Review]. Autumn 2014. Anarchist Studies, 22(2).
Bridging Utopia and Pragmatism to Achieve Direct Economic Democracy. Autumn 2013. Anarchist Studies, 21(2):48-73.
British Workers & the US Civil War: How Karl Marx and the Lancashire Weavers Joined Abraham Lincoln’s Fight against Slavery 150 Years Ago by James Heartfield [Book Review]. 2013. Theory in Action, 6(2):179-182.
The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics. 2012. Deric Shannon, Anthony J. Nocella, II, and John Asimakopoulos (Eds.). Oakland: AK Press. ISBN: 978-1849350945
Revolt! The Next Great Transformation from Kleptocracy Capitalism to Libertarian Socialism through Counter-Ideology, Societal Education, & Direct Action. 2011. John Asimakopoulos. NJ: Transformative Studies Institute Press. ISBN: 978-0983298205
Putting Theory in Action. 2011. In Kathleen Odell Korgen, Jonathan M. White, and Shelley K. White (Eds.), Sociologists in Action. Pine Forge Press. ISBN: 978-1412982832
The Civil Rights-Black Power Era, Direct Action, and Defensive Violence: Lessons for the Working-Class Today. 2010. Theory in Action 3(3):42-62.
Crushing Capitalism with Dr. Asimakopoulos. June, 2010–present. Video e-journal.
Rebuild America: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works by Scott Myers-Lipton [Book Review]. 2010. Theory in Action 3(1):125-127.
The Role of Free Universities in Creating Free Societies. 2009. In Anthony J. Nocella II, Steven Best, and Peter McLaren (eds.), Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex. AK Press.
Globally Segmented Labor Markets. 2009. Critical Sociology, 35(2):175-198.
Transnational Labor Organizing. 2008. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore, 3:152-54. Detroit: Macmillan Reference.
Counter Ideology and Evolutionary Change. 2008. Theory in Action, 1(1):1-22.
Deviance. 2008. In Vincent N. Parrillo (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Sage Publications.
Social Stratification. 2008. In Vincent N. Parrillo (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Sage Publications.
Societal Education, Direct Action, and Working-Class Gains. 2007. Journal of Poverty, 11(2):1-22.
The Private Property Elephant. 2006. In McDonough, Terrence, Michael Reich, David M. Kotz, and Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (eds.) Growth and Crisis: Social Structure of Accumulation: Theory and Analysis. Galway, Ireland: Centre for Innovation & Structural Change.
Labor, Loyalty, Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners & World War I by Carl R. Weinberg [Book Review]. 2006. Labor History Journal 47(3):472-74.
Economic Civil Disobedience. 2006. Infoshop.
Comparative Analysis of European and American Working Class Attainments: Equality, Living Standards, and Social Structures of Accumulation. 2000. Dissertation Abstracts International. (UMI No. 5227326)