Department of Sociology University of Oregon

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John Bellamy Foster


628 PLC
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-5016
Fax: (541) 346-5026

Research devoted to critical inquiries into theory and history, focusing primarily on the economic, political and ecological contradictions of capitalism and imperialism, but also encompassing the wider realm of social theory as a whole. Teaching encourages in-depth, critical exploration of history and ideology, equipping students to learn to learn on their own.

Research Interests

  • ecological crisis
  • economic crisis
  • imperialism
  • social theory

Teaching Areas

  • environmental sociology
  • social theory
  • marxism
  • political economy

Courses Taught

SOC 310 Development of Sociology
SOC 416 Issues in Sociology of the Environment
SOC 420 Political Economy
SOC 475 Marxist Sociological Theory
SOC 617 Social Theory I
SOC 664 Political and Economic Sociology Issues

Selected Books:

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (with Fred Magdoff), 2011

The Ecological Rift, 2009

The Great Financial Crisis, 2009

Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), 2008

Ecology Against Capitalism, 2002

Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature, 2000

Hungry for Profit, 2000

The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment, 1999

Capitalism and the Information Age: The Political Economy of the Global Communication Revolution, 1998

In Defense of History: Marxism and the Postmodern Agenda, 1997

The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy, 1986

The Faltering Economy: The Problem of Accumulation Under Monopoly Capitalism, 1984

Selected Articles:

2014 Braverman and the Structure of the U.S. Working Class: Beyond the Degradation of Labor (2014) 26:219-236

1999 "Marx's Theory of Metabolic Rift." AJS [American Journal of Sociology], September 1999


Ph.D. -- York University