Professor Derber is a public sociologist whose research and teaching focus on political economy, political sociology, environmental sociology, and social change. Recent topics of his books and courses include the economic crisis, globalization, corporations and society, climate change, the sociology of war and peace, and social movements. He believes that scholarship should be accessible to a broad public audience and empower citizens seeking social justice.
Professor Derber’s current work focuses on the crises of capitalism, globalization, corporate power, American militarism, the culture of hegemony, the climate crisis, and the new peace and global justice movements. The world is becoming as dominated by business values and power today as America was by the Robber Barons a century ago. Derber is persuaded that the overwhelming economic and cultural power of global corporations, increasingly melded with the political and military hegemonic power of the American government and the crises of global capitalism and global climate change, are together an integrated crisis that is now the pre-eminent social issue of the 21st century, and that we need a new vision and political movement that can offer an alternative. Professor Derber’s research is oriented toward 1) the systemic analysis of the intertwined crises we face and 2) analysis of the transformative potential of social movements arising to create a more democratic and egalitarian order.
Courses Typically Taught
SC092 - Peace or War
SC375 - Economic Crisis and Social Change
Selected Honors and Awards
Hidden Power (2005) selected by the Independent Publishers of America as one of the three best current events books in the United States.
Marx’s Ghost: Midnight Conversations on Changing the World (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, September, 2011.
Greed to Green: Solving Global Warming and Remaking the Economy (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010.
The Wilding of America, 5th edition: (NY: W. H. Freeman and Worth Publishers, 2010).
Morality Wars: (new and revised paperback edition): How Empires, The Born Again and the Politically Correct Do Evil in the Name of Good, with Yale Magrass (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010).