Richard D. Wolff

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Richard D. Wolf

Richard D. Wolff (born April 1942, Youngstown, Ohio), is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, the City University of New York, the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and the Brecht Forum in New York City[1].

Wolff is married to (and sometimes co-author with) psychoanalyst Harriet Fraad[2].


Wolff received his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1969[3].

Early career

Wolff taught at the City College of New York from 1969-1973, and then began teaching at the Economics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has been full professor since 1981[4].

Collaboration with Resnick

Wolff began collaborating with Stephen Resnick during their common appointments at the City University of New York, and continued after they both moved to University of Massachusetts. Wolff and Resnick have jointly published numerous articles and books that formulate a nondeterminist, class analytical approach. Their topics have included Marxian theory and value analysis, overdetermination, radical economics, international trade, business cycles, social formations, the Soviet Union, and comparing and contrasting Marxian and non-Marxian economic theories[5].

Marxist writings

Wolf's publications, current research, and teaching concentrate on analyzing the global capitalist crisis and developing Marxian economic theory. In 2009, he produced a documentary film entitled Capitalism Hits the Fan and a book entitled Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. Together with his frequent co-author, Stephen Resnick, he also published New Departures in Marxian Theory (Routledge Publishers: London and New York, 2006) and Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR (Routledge Publishers: London and New York, 2002). He serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism[6].

Left Forum board

In 2009, the Left Forum board included Stanley Aronowitz, Roderick Bush, Eric Canepa, Vivek Chibber, Nancy Holmstrom, Jamie McCallum, Lorraine Minnite, Frances Fox Piven, Hobart Spalding, Bill Tabb, Richard D. Wolff and Julia Wrigley[7].

Left Forum 2015

How to Teach Marxism? Glad You Asked!

Left Forum 2009

Critique of Religion and Empire-Critical Bible Readings: A Christian-Marxist Dialogue:

  • Charlene Sinclair, (Chair) - Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
  • Brigitte Kahl, New Testament, Union Theological Seminary
  • Jan Rehmann, Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary
  • Richard D. Wolff, Economics, New School, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Online University of the Left


The Online University of the Left, a new `Left Unity’ project, was initiated by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism in 2012. It’s core orientation is Marxist, but it contains teaching resources reflecting the full range of views on the wider left. About 50 left academics are involved in the core group so far-Richard Wolff, David Schweickart, Rose Brewer, Timothy Johnson, Gregory Morales, Bill Tabb, Ellen Schwartz, Jerry Harris, Linda Alcoff, Dana Cloud, Gar Alperovitz, to name a few.

One of the OUL’s key aims is to solve this problem of scattered resources, creating a web portal that will bring much of this valuable material together in one spot in cyberspace.

Carl Davidson is lead organizer.[8]

"They Say Austerity, We Say Solidarity!"

The Brecht Forum's 33rd Annual Intensive Introduction to Marxism

Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, 2011

Presenters include Younes Abouyoub, Kazembe Balagun, Nyaza Bandele, Matthew Birkhold, David Braun, J.J. Brown, Randy Martin, Donna Murch, Shadid Stover, Juliet Ucelli, Lincoln Van Sluytman, Tim Schermerhorn, Ganesh Trichur, Rick Wolff and others TBA.

The Brecht Forum's annual Summer Intensive is designed as an introduction to the theoretical and practical traditions that trace their origins to the works of Karl Marx and Frederich Engels. [9]

Left Forum 2017


With Richard D. Wolff, Christian Parenti, Tascha Van Auken, Paul Sliker, Karina Garcia, and Bhaskar Sunkara, Moderator.[10]


  8. CCDS discussion page, accessed July 8, 2012
  9. [TOPLAB-ANNOUNCE The 33rd Annual Intensive Introduction to Marxism: They Say Austerity, We Say Solidarity! NYC 7/14-17/2011 The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) news and announcement list. toplab-announce at Fri Jul 8]
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