Academic Articles

To read my article "The Travesty of 'Anti-Imperialism'" published in 2023 in the Journal of World-Systems Research, click here.

To read my article my 2023 article, "The Violent Crackup of the Post-WWII International Order" in the Journal of World-Systems Research, click here.

To read my 2022 co-authored article, "The Cult of Cedric Robinson's Black Marxism: A Proletarian Critique", click here.

To read my 2022 co-authored article in New Politics, "The Global Revolt and its Discontents", click here.

To read my article in the journal Science & Society, "The Pitfall of Substituting Realist for Marxist Analysis in International Relations" (2022), click here.

2021, Can Global Capitalism Endure?, Revista de Estudios Globales (REG), 1(1): 13-43

To read my winter 2020 article in the journal Social Justice (with co-author Oscar Soto), "Passive Revolution and the Movement Against Mass Incarceration," click here.

2020, Global Capitalism Post Pandemic, Race & Class, 62(2)

2019, "Savage Inequalities: Capitalist Crisis and Surplus Humanity," with Yousef Baker, in International Critical Thought

2019, "Capital has an Internationale and It is Going Fascist: Time for an International of the Global Popular Classes," Globalizations journal, August.

2019, "Global Capitalist Crisis and Twenty-First Century Fascism: Beyond the Trump Hype," Science and Society, 83(2), April 2019

2019, "The Transnational Capitalist Class" (co-authored with Jeb Sprague, in Oxford Handbook of Global Studies)

2018, The Next Economic Crisis: Digital Capitalism and Global Police State, Race and Class

2018, Accumulation Crisis and Global Police State. "Critical Sociology"

To read my article "Marx After Post-Narratives: A Critical Reading of Ronaldo Munck's Critical Reading of Marx," click here.

To read my article "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century: Global Inequality, Piketty, and the Transnational Capitalist Class," published in Lauren Langman and David A. Smith (eds), Piketty, Inequality and 21st Century Capitalism (Boston: Brill, 2018), click here.

2017. "Global Capitalism: Reflections on a Brave New World," Global Transitions Initiative, Tellus Institute, June 2017. Click here. And here is the link for a symposium, "Round Table on Global Capitalism," in which seven people critique my article and I respond to my critics.

2017, "Debate on the New Global Capitalism: Transnational Capitalist Class, Transnational State Apparatuses, and Global Crisis," International Critical Thought, Vol. 7, No. 2:171-189.

2017, Global Capitalism and the Restructuring of Education: The Transnational Capitalist Class' Quest to Suppress Critical Thinking," Social Justice, Vol 43, No. 3

2015, "Theorie sociale et mondialisation : l'avenement de l'Etat transnational", French translation of article first published in 2001, "Social Theory and Globalization: The Rise of a Transnational State"

2015, "The Transnational State and the BRICS: A Global Capitalism Perspective." Third World Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 1"

2014, "Global Capitalism, Immigrant Labor, the Struggle for Justice," Class, Race, and Corporate Power, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Article one, Available at:

2014, "The Fetishism of Empire: A Critical Review of Panitch and Gindin's The Making of Global Capitalism," Studies in Political Economy, No. 93, Spring.

2014, "Toward a 21st Century Reading of Latin America: A Sympathetic Reading of Ronaldo Munck's Rethinking Latin America: Development, Hegemony, and Social Transformation." Global Discourse

2013, "Promoting Polyarchy: 20 Years Later", International Relations, 27(2)228-234.

2013, "L'Amérique Latine Face au Nouveau Capitalisme Mondialisé", Mouvements, 4(76)14-24.

2013, "Global Capitalism and its Anti-‘Human Face’: Organic Intellectuals and Interpretations of the Crisis," Globalizations, 10(5)659-671.

2012, The 'Great Recession' of 2008 and the Continuing Crisis: A Global Capitalism Perspective," International Review of Modern Sociology, 38(2)169-198.

2012, "Capitalist Globalization as World-Historic Context: Response to Critics", Critical Scoiology, 38(3) 405-415.

2012, "Global Capitalism Theory and the Emergence of Transnational Elites," Critical Sociology, 38(3) 349-363.

2012, "Global Capitalism and Twenty-First Century Fascism: A U.S. Case Study", Race and Class, 53(3):4-29, Jan-March.

2011, "Globalization and the Sociology of Immanuel Wallerstein: A Critical Appraisal," International Sociology

2011, "Global Capital Leviathan", Radical Philosophy, No. 165, January-February

2010 "Giovanni Arrighi: Systemic Cycles of Accumulation, Hegemonic Transitions, and the Rise of China" New Political Economy.

2010 "The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Cyclical, Structural, or Systemic?", in Martijn Konings, The Great Credit Crash, London: Verso, 2010.

2010 “Beyond The Theory of Imperialism” Global Capitalism and The Transnational State.

2010 “Global Capitalism Theory and the Emergence of Transnational Elites” Wider World Institute for Development Economics Research.

2009 “Global Capitalism, Social Science, and Methods of Critique” Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, Volume1(2):98-108.

2009 “Globalizacion, Crisis, y Escenarios de Futuro,” Estudios Centroamericanos, 63(715-716):331-344.

Saskia Sassen and the Sociology of Globalization: A Critical Appraisal. Sociological Analysis. Spring 2009.

Cuba! Cuba! Cuba! Latin American perspectives. William I. Robinson. January, 2009.

Understanding Global Capitalism. Focus on the Global South's Development Roundtable Series, January 25, 2008.

Transformative Possibilities in Latin America. Socialist Register 2008. London: Merlin Press, 2008.

Why the Immigrant Rights Struggle Compels Us to Reconceptualize Both Latin American and Latino/a Studies. LASA Forum. Spring 2007.

Jesse Díaz & Javier Rorríguez: Undocumented in America. New Left Review Vol. 47, 94-106, September-October, 2007.

The Pitfalls of Realist Analysis of Global Capitalism: A Critique of Ellen Meiksens Wood's Empire of Capital. Historical Materialism Vol. 15, 71-93, 2007.

*Ellen Wood's response: A Reply to Critics. Historical Materialism 15. 2007(143-170)

Theories of Globalization. In (ed.) George Ritzer Blackwell Companion to Globalization. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.

Beyond the Theory of Imperialism: Global Capitalism and Transnational State. Societies Without Borderse No. 2, 5-26, 2007.

Promoting Polyarchy in Latin America: The Oxymoron of "Market Democracy." In (eds.) Eric Hershberg and Fred Rosen Latin America After Neoliberalism. New York: The New Press, 2006.

Latin America, State Power, and the Challenge to Global Capitalism: An Interview with William Robinson. Upping the Anti No. 3, 59-76, Fall 2006.

'Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!' Global capital and Immigrant rights. Race and Class Vol. 48, No. 2, 77-91, 2006.

What is Critical Globalization Studies? Intellectual Labor and Global Society. In Judith R. Blau and Keri Iyall-Smith, Public Sociologies Reader, Rowman and Littlefeld, 2006, 21-36.

Global Capitalism: The New Transnationalism and the Folly of Conventional Thinking. Science and Society, Vol. 69, No. 3, July 2005, 316-328.

Gramsci and Globalisation: From Nation-State to Transnatioanl Hegemony. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol.8, No. 4, 1-16, December 2005.

Kees Van Der Pul. Feature Review of A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class and State in a Transnatioanl World by William I. Robinson, in New Political Economy, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2005.

What to Expect from US "Democracy Promotion" in Iraq. New Political Science, Volume 26, Number 3, September 2004, pp. 441-447.

Global Crisis and Latin America. Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 135-153, 2004.

Remapping development in light of globalisation: from a territorial to a social cartography. Third Word Quarterly, Vol. 23, No 6, pp. 1047-1071, 2002

Social Theory and globalization: The rise of a transnational state. Theory and Society: Renewal and Critique in Social Theory. Vol. 30/2. April 2001, pp. 157-200.

Transnational processes, development studies and changin social hieracrchies in the world system: a Central American case study. Third World Quarterly, Vol 22, No 4, pp 529-563, 2001.

2000. "Toward a Global Ruling Class? Globalization and the Transnational Capitalist Class," Science and Society, 64(1):11-64 (co-authored with Jerry Harris)

1998 "Centroamerica ante la Globalizacion y la Responsabilidad de los Intelectuales Organicos," Alternativas 5(No. 9/1998):31-56.

Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization,Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies. Sociological Forum 1998.

1996, Globalization, the World System, and 'Democracy Promotion' in U.S. Foreign Policy," Theory and Society, 25(5):615-665.

1996 "Un Aporte al Debate Sobre La Globalization; Nueve Tesis Sobre Nuestra Epoca," Cuardernos de Investigacion, Center for International Studies, Central American University, Managua, April 1996.

1996 “Globalization: Nine These of Our Epoch,” Race and Class, 38(2).

The Global Economy and the Latino Populations in the United States: A World Systems Appraoch by William I. Robinson. An article from Critical Sociology 1992.

From Various Authors:

Ethnicities: Review Symposium


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