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 CONTRIBUTORS 

KALI AKUNO

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Co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Mississippi.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

 

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TITHI BHATTACHARYA

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Associate Professor of South Asian history at Purdue University. She is a prominent Marxist feminist and a vocal advocate of Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). She is one of the authors of Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, which ties feminism to other modes of struggle, including anti-racism and anti-capitalism. On the topic of gender Bhattacharya has further authored the book The Sentinels of Culture. In addition, she has written on the politics of Islamophobia and women in Islam.

 

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LILIÁN CELIBERTI

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Lilián is a feminist and environmental activist. She was a political prisoner under her country's military dictatorship (1973-1985). She is a founding member and coordinator of the collective Cotidiano Mujer, and she is also a member of Articulación Feminista Marcosur, which promotes the development of a feminist political platform at the Latin American and global levels.

 

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DANIEL CHAVEZ

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Daniel is a Dutch-Uruguayan activist-scholar. A TNI Fellow since 2005, he earned his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001, subsequently joining the Institute as a staff member. He cut his activist teeth at Uruguay's United Federation of Mutual Aid Housing Cooperatives (FUCVAM). He has published extensive research on emancipatory politics and public policies, including the co-edited books The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn (2008), Repensar lo público.: Estado, sociedad y servicios básicos en América Latina (2018), and Public Water and Covid-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings (2020).

 

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FRANCES FOX PIVEN

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Professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center of CUNY. Frances is known equally for her contributions to social theory and for her social activism. A veteran of the war on poverty and subsequent welfare-rights protests both in New York City and on the national stage, she has been instrumental in formulating the theoretical underpinnings of those movements. Over the course of her career, she has also held offices in several social and professional organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Political Science Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

 

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PAOLO GERBAUDO

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Paolo joined the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London in September 2012. He is Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society and Director of the Centre for Digital Culture. His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties. His first book, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism (2012), critically assessed the impact of social media on the wave of movements of 2011. His last book, The Digital Party, explores the transformation of political parties in the digital era.

 

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GABRIEL HETLAND

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Assistant professor of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Sociology. His research focuses on participatory institutions, electoral politics, social movements and direct action and labor and community organizing in Latin America and the United States. Gabriel's work has been published in scholarly journals, such as Qualitative Sociology and Latin American Perspectives, and numerous popular press outlets including The NationJacobin, In These TimesNACLA, Al Jazeera, The Real News, The Guardian, NPR and teleSUR.

 

The Democracy Collaborative, United States

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Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative and Co-Chair of the Next System Project. A historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official, he was the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives.

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GONZALO BERRON

Transnational Institute (TNI), Brazil 

Gonzalo is a TNI Associate Fellow and member of the Corporate Power Team. He holds a Phd in Political Science from the University of Sao Paolo. He has been active since the 2000s in international networks and campaigns working with trade unions and other civil society organizations. In 2012 he was one of the co-founders of the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity.

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HERNAN OUVIÑA

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Professor of Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of Mar del Plata. He is a researcher at the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC-UBA). Hernan is the author of numerous books and articles on Gramscian thought, state theory, social movements, and prefigurative politics. His most recent book is Rosa Luxemburg and the Reinvention of Politics.

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HILARY WAINWRIGHT

Transnational Institute (TNI), United Kingdom

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A TNI Fellow since 1986, Hilary is a feminist sociologist who works as an independent activist-researcher and journalist. She is a founding editor of Red Pepper, a British political magazine. She is a Senior Research Associate at the International Centre for Participation Studies at the Department for Peace Studies of the University of Bradford. She is the author of many articles and books on British, European and global politics and economics.

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JAMES FOLEY

Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

James is the co-author of What is Scottish Independence For? (Verso, forthcoming) and the co-author of Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence. He is currently completing a new book on the politics of sovereignty and the crisis of the European Union, to be published next year. He is a member of the Conter editorial board, and has written for a variety of publications including The Guardian, Open Democracy and Socialist Register.

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JAMES MEADWAY

Institute for Public Policy Research, United Kingdom

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James is an economist whose work has focused on developing viable alternatives to neoliberalism, and has published widely on democratic ownership, environmental economics, and automation and the digital economy. James was previously economic advisor to the UK Labour Party Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, and chief economist at the New Economics Foundation. He is currently writing a book on the British economy after the 2008 crisis, and appears regularly on broadcast media as a political commentator.

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JEFFERY WEBBER

York University, Canada

Jeff is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto. He is the author of several books on Latin America, including The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Haymarket). He is also co-author, with Franck Gaudichaud and Massimo Modonesi, of Impasse of the Latin American Left (forthcoming with Duke University Press).

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JORGE VIAÑA

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Jorge is a political economist. He has been teaching economics and philosophy at several Bolivian universities. He is a member of the Research Group on State Theory of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).

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JUAN CARLOS MONEDERO

Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Juan Carlos is Professor of Political Science in Madrid and a well-known public intellectual active in Spanish and Latin American politics. He is the author of many books, including The Transition Told to Our Fathers, The Government of Words, New Leviathan Disguises, and Urgent Course on Politics for Decent People. He is a co-founder of the Spanish left movement Podemos and the current director of the Red República Institute of Democratic Thought and Praxis.

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KALI AKUNO

Cooperation Jackson, United States

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Co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Mississippi.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

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LALA PEÑARANDA

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), United States

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Lala is a socialist and feminist activist born in Colombia, working on labor, climate and Latin American politics and economics with the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) global network and the International Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

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LILIAN CELIBERTI

Articulación Feminista Marcosur, Uruguay

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Lilián is a feminist and environmental activist. She was a political prisoner under her country's military dictatorship (1973-1985). She is a founding member and coordinator of the collective Cotidiano Mujer, and she is also a member of Articulación Feminista Marcosur, which promotes the development of a feminist political platform at the Latin American and global levels.

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LUCIO OLIVER

National Autonomous University (UNAM), Mexico

Lucio is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and at the Federal University of Ceara (Brazil). He is a former member of the Executive Committee and a current member of the Research Group on State Theory of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).

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MABEL THWAITES REY

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mabel is a lawyer and political sociologist. She is Professor of Political Sociology and Public Administration and the Director of the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC) at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. Her research focuses on politics, law and state theory.

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MICHAEL MCCARTHY

Marquette University, United States

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Associate Professor of Sociology. His research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, work, finance, and social policy. Michael's first book, Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, published with Cornell University Press, explores the sociological causes of the current crisis in retirement. His second book, The Master’s Tools: Using Finance Against Capital, explores how finance can be mobilized in ways that serve the social and environmental good both in the workplace and outside of it.

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PAOLO GERBAUDO

King's College London, United Kingdom

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Paolo is an Italian political sociologist and the director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College London. He holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College. His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties.

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PATRICK BARRETT

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

Patrick is the Managing Director of the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also writes and teaches about US and Latin American politics. He is the co-editor, with Daniel Chavez and Cesar Rodríguez, of The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn.

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PETE RAMAND

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States/Scotland

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Pete is a Scottish political activist and author. He is the co-author of Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Pluto, 2014) and the co-editor of Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times: The Selected Works of Tom Nairn (Luath, 2014). He is a member of the Conter editorial board, and was a founding member of the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. He is currently completing a PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he researches populism, nationalism and social movements.

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SEAN SWEENEY

City University of New York (CUNY), United States

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Sean is the director of the International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Coordinator of the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), a global labor network that advocates for democratic control and public and social ownership of energy resources.

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SPYROS MARCHETOS

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Spyros teaches History of Ideas at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Thessaloniki since 2000. An early activist against Greece's odious debt, and a member of the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, he currently he heads the Education Committee of Ellan Passe, the confederation of the Greek Roma.

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COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

Professor of Economics and a former representative of Syriza (and later Popular Unity) in the Greek Parliament. He is a columnist for The Guardian and the author of Profiting Without Producing (2013) and Against the Troika (2015) (with Heiner Flassbeck). In 2007, Lapavitsas founded Research on Money and Finance (RMF), which has contributed original analysis of the Eurozone crisis. In 2016, following his departure from the Greek Parliament, he founded the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy, an international network of activists and social scientists developing an alternative plan for Europe.

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DANIEL JADUE

Municipality of Recoleta, Chile

Joel is the is the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Havens-Wright Center for Social Justice. He has written widely on party politics, democratic theory, and cities and urban regions. He has initiated and/or helped lead several progressive NGOs (including the New Party [now the Working Families Party], EARN, WRTP, the Apollo Alliance [now part of the Blue Green Alliance], Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation Exchange, and EPIC-N (Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network).

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DANIELE OBONO

La France Insoumise, France

Daniele is an Afro-feminist and eco-socialist activist and a Deputy in the French Parliament in representation of the 17th District of Paris for the movement La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France). At the National Assembly, she is a member of the Laws Committee (Constitution, Liberties, Justice, Security, Territorial Collectivities and Immigration) and of the European Affairs Committee.

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ERICK PALOMARES

University of Copenhagen, Denmark/Mexico

Visiting researcher at the Centre for Latin American Studies of the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate for the Transformative Cities of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI). He has a PhD in Government and Public Administration from the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Master in Development, Innovation and Change from the University of Bologna, Italy.

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AGNES GAGYE

Solidarity Economy Center, Hungary

Agnes is a sociologist working on East European politics and social movements from the perspective of the region's long-term global integration. She is a co-founder of the Working Group for Public Sociology Helyzet and of the Solidarity Economy Center in Budapest. She is the co-editor (with Ondrej Slacalek) of the forthcoming collective volume Eastern Europe After 30 Years of Transition: New Left Perspectives from the Region.

 

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ANDY SERNATIGER

The Tempest Collective, United States

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Andy is a socialist and labor activist in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a contributor to Labor Notes, Jacobin, and New Politics, as well as a member of the Tempest Collective, the producer of an online publication that pursues pieces from activists and writers that grapple with the emerging questions for the left in the United States.

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BARBARA RANSBY

University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

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An influential writer, historian, professor, and longtime activist, she is a Professor of History, Gender and Women's Studies, and African American Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of The Black Commentator; the London-based journal Race and Class, the Justice, Power and Politics Series at University of North Carolina Press; and the Scholar’s Advisory Committee of Ms. magazine. She is also Editor-in-Chief of SOULS, a critical journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.

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BRIAN ASHLEY

Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), South Africa

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Brian is the Executive Director of the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), a Cape Town-based activist-research organization engaged in social and environmental struggles across the Southern Africa region. Co-founder and editor of Amandla!, a South political magazine that was launched in 2006

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CAMILA PIÑEIRO HARNECKER

University of Havana, Cuba

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A political economist specialized in cooperative enterprises, economic democracy and the social and solidarity economy, Camila is the Technical Specialist in Cooperative Development at the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA) and a former Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University and at the University of California, Riverside. From 2009 to 2017 she was a professor and researcher at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana

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CATARINA PRINCIPE

Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc), Portugal

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A social and political activist from Portugal, Catarina is a member of Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc) party and a contributing editor at the New York-based quarterly magazine Jacobin. She is the coeditor (with Bhaskar Sunkara) of Europe in Revolt: Mapping the New European Left.

 

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CONSTANZA MOREIRA

Frente Amplio (Broad Front), Uruguay

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Constanza is an academic scholar, writer and politician, a former Senator in the Uruguayan Parliament (between 2010 and 2020) and the founder and main leader of Casa Grande (Big House), one of the political organizations that compose the left coalition Frente Amplio (Broad Front). She was a presidential candidate for the Broad Front in the 2014 primary elections. She has authored several books and is a professor of political science at the University of the Republic, in Montevideo.

 

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COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom

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Professor of Economics and a former representative of Syriza (and later Popular Unity) in the Greek Parliament. He is a columnist for The Guardian and the author of Profiting Without Producing (2013) and Against the Troika (2015) (with Heiner Flassbeck). In 2007, Lapavitsas founded Research on Money and Finance (RMF), which has contributed original analysis of the Eurozone crisis. In 2016, following his departure from the Greek Parliament, he founded the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy, an international network of activists and social scientists developing an alternative plan for Europe.

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DANIEL CHAVEZ

Transnational Institute (TNI), The Netherlands/Uruguay

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Daniel is a Dutch-Uruguayan activist-scholar. A TNI Fellow since 2005, he earned his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001, subsequently joining the Institute as a staff member. He cut his activist teeth at Uruguay's United Federation of Mutual Aid Housing Cooperatives (FUCVAM). He has published extensive research on emancipatory politics and public policies, including the co-edited books The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn (2008), Rethinking the Public: State, Society and Basic Services in Latin America (2018), and Public Water and Covid-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings (2020).

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DANIEL JADUE

Municipality of Recoleta, Chile

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Daniel is an architect, sociologist and politician, he is a member of the Communist Party of Chile. In 2012, supported by the For a Just Chile alliance, he was elected Mayor of Recoleta. He has committed himself to a citizen-driven and participatory local government program. He was reelected in 2016 as the candidate of the New Majority coalition. He has confirmed his candidacy for the Chilean presidential election of November 2021 and is the current front-runner, according to recent opinion polls. 

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DANIELE OBONO

La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France), France

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Daniele is an Afro-feminist and eco-socialist activist and a Deputy in the French Parliament in representation of the 17th District of Paris for the movement La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France). At the National Assembly, she is a member of the Laws Committee (Constitution, Liberties, Justice, Security, Territorial Collectivities and Immigration) and of the European Affairs Committee.

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ERICK PALOMARES

University of Copenhagen, Denmark/Mexico

Visiting researcher at the Centre for Latin American Studies of the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate for the Transformative Cities of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI). He has a PhD in Government and Public Administration from the Complutense University of Madrid, and a Master in Development, Innovation and Change from the University of Bologna, Italy.

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FRANCES FOX PIVEN

City University of New York (CUNY), United States

Professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center of CUNY. Frances is known equally for her contributions to social theory and for her social activism. A veteran of the war on poverty and subsequent welfare-rights protests both in New York City and on the national stage, she has been instrumental in formulating the theoretical underpinnings of those movements. Over the course of her career, she has also held offices in several social and professional organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Political Science Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

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GABRIEL HETLAND

State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, United States

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Assistant professor of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Sociology. His research focuses on participatory institutions, electoral politics, social movements and direct action and labor and community organizing in Latin America and the United States. Gabriel's work has been published in scholarly journals, such as Qualitative Sociology and Latin American Perspectives, and numerous popular press outlets including The NationJacobinIn These TimesNACLAAl JazeeraThe Real NewsThe GuardianNPR and teleSUR.

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KALI AKUNO

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Co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Mississippi.

Kali served as the Director of Special Projects and External Funding in the Mayoral Administration of the late Chokwe Lumumba. His focus in this role was supporting cooperative development, the introduction of eco-friendly and carbon reduction methods of operation, and the promotion of human rights and international relations for the city.

 

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TITHI BHATTACHARYA

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Associate Professor of South Asian history at Purdue University. She is a prominent Marxist feminist and a vocal advocate of Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). She is one of the authors of Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, which ties feminism to other modes of struggle, including anti-racism and anti-capitalism. On the topic of gender Bhattacharya has further authored the book The Sentinels of Culture. In addition, she has written on the politics of Islamophobia and women in Islam.

 

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LILIÁN CELIBERTI

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Lilián is a feminist and environmental activist. She was a political prisoner under her country's military dictatorship (1973-1985). She is a founding member and coordinator of the collective Cotidiano Mujer, and she is also a member of Articulación Feminista Marcosur, which promotes the development of a feminist political platform at the Latin American and global levels.

 

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DANIEL CHAVEZ

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Daniel is a Dutch-Uruguayan activist-scholar. A TNI Fellow since 2005, he earned his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001, subsequently joining the Institute as a staff member. He cut his activist teeth at Uruguay's United Federation of Mutual Aid Housing Cooperatives (FUCVAM). He has published extensive research on emancipatory politics and public policies, including the co-edited books The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn (2008), Repensar lo público.: Estado, sociedad y servicios básicos en América Latina (2018), and Public Water and Covid-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings (2020).

 

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FRANCES FOX PIVEN

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Professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center of CUNY. Frances is known equally for her contributions to social theory and for her social activism. A veteran of the war on poverty and subsequent welfare-rights protests both in New York City and on the national stage, she has been instrumental in formulating the theoretical underpinnings of those movements. Over the course of her career, she has also held offices in several social and professional organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Political Science Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

 

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PAOLO GERBAUDO

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Paolo joined the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London in September 2012. He is Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society and Director of the Centre for Digital Culture. His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties. His first book, Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism (2012), critically assessed the impact of social media on the wave of movements of 2011. His last book, The Digital Party, explores the transformation of political parties in the digital era.

 

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GABRIEL HETLAND

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Assistant professor of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and Sociology. His research focuses on participatory institutions, electoral politics, social movements and direct action and labor and community organizing in Latin America and the United States. Gabriel's work has been published in scholarly journals, such as Qualitative Sociology and Latin American Perspectives, and numerous popular press outlets including The NationJacobin, In These TimesNACLA, Al Jazeera, The Real News, The Guardian, NPR and teleSUR.

 

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GAR ALPEROVITZ

The Democracy Collaborative, United States

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Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative and Co-Chair of the Next System Project. A historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official, he was the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is also the president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives.

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GONZALO BERRON

Transnational Institute (TNI), Brazil 

Gonzalo is a TNI Associate Fellow and member of the Corporate Power Team. He holds a Phd in Political Science from the University of Sao Paolo. He has been active since the 2000s in international networks and campaigns working with trade unions and other civil society organizations. In 2012 he was one of the co-founders of the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity.

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HERNAN OUVIÑA

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Professor of Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of Mar del Plata. He is a researcher at the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC-UBA). Hernan is the author of numerous books and articles on Gramscian thought, state theory, social movements, and prefigurative politics. His most recent book is Rosa Luxemburg and the Reinvention of Politics.

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HILARY WAINWRIGHT

Transnational Institute (TNI), United Kingdom

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A TNI Fellow since 1986, Hilary is a feminist sociologist who works as an independent activist-researcher and journalist. She is a founding editor of Red Pepper, a British political magazine. She is a Senior Research Associate at the International Centre for Participation Studies at the Department for Peace Studies of the University of Bradford. She is the author of many articles and books on British, European and global politics and economics.

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JAMES FOLEY

Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

James is the co-author of What is Scottish Independence For? (Verso, forthcoming) and the co-author of Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence. He is currently completing a new book on the politics of sovereignty and the crisis of the European Union, to be published next year. He is a member of the Conter editorial board, and has written for a variety of publications including The Guardian, Open Democracy and Socialist Register.

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JAMES MEADWAY

Institute for Public Policy Research, United Kingdom

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James is an economist whose work has focused on developing viable alternatives to neoliberalism, and has published widely on democratic ownership, environmental economics, and automation and the digital economy. James was previously economic advisor to the UK Labour Party Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, and chief economist at the New Economics Foundation. He is currently writing a book on the British economy after the 2008 crisis, and appears regularly on broadcast media as a political commentator.

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JEFFERY WEBBER

York University, Canada

Jeff is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto. He is the author of several books on Latin America, including The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Haymarket). He is also co-author, with Franck Gaudichaud and Massimo Modonesi, of Impasse of the Latin American Left (forthcoming with Duke University Press).

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JORGE VIAÑA

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

Jorge is a political economist. He has been teaching economics and philosophy at several Bolivian universities. He is a member of the Research Group on State Theory of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).

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JUAN CARLOS MONEDERO

Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Juan Carlos is Professor of Political Science in Madrid and a well-known public intellectual active in Spanish and Latin American politics. He is the author of many books, including The Transition Told to Our Fathers, The Government of Words, New Leviathan Disguises, and Urgent Course on Politics for Decent People. He is a co-founder of the Spanish left movement Podemos and the current director of the Red República Institute of Democratic Thought and Praxis.

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LALA PEÑARANDA

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), United States

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Lala is a socialist and feminist activist born in Colombia, working on labor, climate and Latin American politics and economics with the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) global network and the International Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

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LUCIO OLIVER

National Autonomous University (UNAM), Mexico

Lucio is Professor of Sociology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and at the Federal University of Ceara (Brazil). He is a former member of the Executive Committee and a current member of the Research Group on State Theory of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).

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MABEL THWAITES REY

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mabel is a lawyer and political sociologist. She is Professor of Political Sociology and Public Administration and the Director of the Institute for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC) at the School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. Her research focuses on politics, law and state theory.

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MICHAEL MCCARTHY

Marquette University, United States

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Associate Professor of Sociology. His research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, work, finance, and social policy. Michael's first book, Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal, published with Cornell University Press, explores the sociological causes of the current crisis in retirement. His second book, The Master’s Tools: Using Finance Against Capital, explores how finance can be mobilized in ways that serve the social and environmental good both in the workplace and outside of it.

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PAOLO GERBAUDO

King's College London, United Kingdom

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Paolo is an Italian political sociologist and the director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College London. He holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College. His research focuses on the transformation of politics in the digital era, in the context of social movements and political parties.

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PATRICK BARRETT

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

Patrick is the Managing Director of the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also writes and teaches about US and Latin American politics. He is the co-editor, with Daniel Chavez and Cesar Rodríguez, of The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn.

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PETE RAMAND

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States/Scotland

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Pete is a Scottish political activist and author. He is the co-author of Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Pluto, 2014) and the co-editor of Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times: The Selected Works of Tom Nairn (Luath, 2014). He is a member of the Conter editorial board, and was a founding member of the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. He is currently completing a PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he researches populism, nationalism and social movements.

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SEAN SWEENEY

City University of New York (CUNY), United States

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Sean is the director of the International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Coordinator of the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), a global labor network that advocates for democratic control and public and social ownership of energy resources.

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SPYROS MARCHETOS

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Spyros teaches History of Ideas at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Thessaloniki since 2000. An early activist against Greece's odious debt, and a member of the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, he currently he heads the Education Committee of Ellan Passe, the confederation of the Greek Roma.

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VIRGINIA VARGAS

Flora Tristán Center, Peru

“Gina” Vargas is a prominent social scientist and feminist activist. For more than four decades she has pushed for reproductive rights in Latin America, being recognized internationally as a leading women's rights scholar and campaigner. She was the Latin American and Caribbean NGO Coordinator for the NGO Forum during the United Nations' Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995. In 2001 she joined the World Social Forum's International Committee.

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VEDRAN HORVAT

Institute for Political Ecology (IPE), Croatia

Managing Director of the Institute for Political Ecology. From 2005 to 2015 he was the country director of the Zagreb office of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a German green political foundation. Since 2012 he’s been the national correspondent for Green European Journal. Until 2004 he worked as a journalist and web-editor in the daily political newspaper Vjesnik. He is a sociologist specialised in human rights, regularly publishing on European politics, civil society development, environmental issues and migration.

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JOEL ROGERS

University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States 

Joel is the is the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Havens-Wright Center for Social Justice. He has written widely on party politics, democratic theory, and cities and urban regions. He has initiated and/or helped lead several progressive NGOs (including the New Party [now the Working Families Party], EARN, WRTP, the Apollo Alliance [now part of the Blue Green Alliance], Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation Exchange, and EPIC-N (Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network).

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BRIAN ASHLEY

Alternative Information and Development Centre, South Africa

Brian is the Executive Director of the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), a Cape Town-based activist-research organization engaged in social and environmental struggles across the Southern Africa region. Co-founder and editor of Amandla!, a South political magazine that was launched in 2006.

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CAMILA PIÑEIRO HARNECKER

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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A political economist specialized in cooperative enterprises, economic democracy and the social and solidarity economy, Camila is the Technical Specialist in Cooperative Development at the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA) and a former Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University and at the University of California, Riverside. From 2009 to 2017 she was a professor and researcher at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana.

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CATARINA PRINCIPE

Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal

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A social and political activist from Portugal, Catarina is a member of Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc) party and a contributing editor at the New York-based quarterly magazine Jacobin. She is the coeditor (with Bhaskar Sunkara) of Europe in Revolt: Mapping the New European Left.

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CONSTANZA MOREIRA

Frente Amplio, Uruguay

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Constanza is an academic scholar, writer and politician, a former Senator in the Uruguayan Parliament (between 2010 and 2020) and the founder and main leader of Casa Grande (Big House), one of the political organizations that compose the left coalition Frente Amplio (Broad Front). She was a presidential candidate for the Broad Front in the 2014 primary elections. She has authored several books and is a professor of political science at the University of the Republic, in Montevideo.