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Curriculum Vitae - Bertell Ollman < DIALECTICAL MARXISM: The Writings of Bertell Ollman
Curriculum Vitae - Bertell Ollman

February, 2008

  • AGE - 72
  • PLACE OF BIRTH - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • NATIONALITY - American
  • FAMILY STATUS - Married to Paule Ollman with one son, Raoul

  • Univ. of Wisconsin - B.A. (Pol. Sci.-1956), M.A. (Pol. Sci.-1957)
  • Oxford Univ. - A.B. (Pol., Phil., and Econ.-1959), M.A. (Pol. Theory-1963), and D.Phil. (Pol. Theory-1967)

  • Univ. of Wisconsin - Phi Beta Kappa and Detling Fellowship (1956-'57)
  • Univ. of Chicago - William Volker Fellowship (1959-'60)
  • Oxford Univ. - Ford Fellowship and St. Antony's College Scholarship - (1960-'63)
  • Columbia Univ. - Senior Research Fellowship (1971-'72)
  • Univ. of Delhi - Indian Social Science Fellowship (1987)
  • Japan - Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (1994)
  • Australian National Univ. - Visiting Research Scholar (1987 and 1995)
  • New Political Science section of the American Political Science Assoc. - Charles McCoy Life Achievement Award for Scholarship (lst winner) (2001)

  • Political Theory, particularly Marxism and other schools of socialist thought
  • Comparative Government, with special reference to the U.S. and Russia

  • Univ. of Maryland Overseas Program, part-time (1958, 1963)
  • Oxford Univ., part-time (1962-'63)
  • Univ. of the West Indies, Jamaica (1963-'66)
  • New York Univ. (1967-present)
  • Columbia Univ., part-time (1972)
  • Union College, part-time (1974)
  • Oxford University, Visiting Professor for a course on Marxism (Spring, 2000)

  • National Vice President of the Student League for Industrial Democracy (which soon afterwards changed its name to Students for a Democratic Society, S.D.S.) and editor of its journal (1956-'57)
  • Education Director for the Council on Student Travel on several trans-Atlantic sailings (1959-'63)
  • Director of Research for the People's National Party (P.N.P.) of Jamaica (1964-'66)
  • Trainee in psychoanalysis at the Metropolitan Academy for Psychoanalytic Training (1969-'71)
  • Invited speaker on different aspects of socialist theory, on over 250 occasions, in twelve countries since 1971
  • Talk Show host for "Visits with Marxist Thinkers" on WBAI radio in New York City (1977-'84)
  • Director of Center for Marxist Studies at N.Y.U. (1971-'82)
  • Candidate for the presidency of the American Political Science Association (1978) (I received 28% of the vote)
  • Co-organizer of the APSA program for the Caucus for a New Political Science featuring 12 debates between leading radical and mainstream political scientists (1983)
  • President of Class Struggle Inc., producer and distributor of the Class Struggle board game, (1978-'85)
  • Chairman elect of the Department of Government at the Univ. of Maryland (1978)
  • Principal in major academic freedom law suit against the University of Maryland (1978-'81)
  • Principal in major libel suit against the journalists Evans and Novack (1978-'83)
  • Co-organizer of the first Radical Humor Festival (NYC-1984)
  • Convenor of city-wide Faculty Colloquium on Marxist theory at NYU (1997- )
  • Member of the Board of Editors of Kapitalistate (1973-'76)
  • Member of the Board of Editors of New Political Science (1979- )
  • Member of the Board of Editors of Socialism and Democracy (1989- )
  • Member of the Board of Editors of Critical Accounting (1989-)
  • Member of the Board of editors of MEGA Studien (Amsterdam) (1997-)
  • Member of the Board of Editors of Science and Society (1997-)
  • Reader of book manuscripts for various publishers, including Routledge, Princeton Univ. Press, Illinois Univ. Press, Monthly Review Press, Univ. of Minnesota Press, and Humanities Press
  • President of non-profit foundation, the INTERNATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (I.E.D.) (2005- ) and editor of its "Critical Democracy Web Library"


  1. Alienation: Marx's Conception of Man in Capitalist Society (Cambridge U.P., 1971; 2nd ed., 1976). This book has gone through thirteen printings, sold close to 30,000 copies, and been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Korean
  2. Studies in Socialist Pedagogy, co-ed (Monthly Review Press, 1978)
  3. Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich (South End Press, 1978)
  4. Class Struggle Is the Name of the Game: True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman (Wm. Morrow Pub., 1983); 2nd expanded ed. entitled Ball Buster? True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman (Soft Skull Press, 2003)
  5. The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, co-ed., vol.I (McGraw Hill, 1982)
  6. The Left Academy..., co-ed., vol.II (Praeger Pub., 1984)
  7. The Left Academy..., co-ed., vol.III (Praeger Pub., 1986)
  8. The U.S. Constitution: 200 Years of Anti-Federalist, Abolitionist, Feminist, Muckraker, Progressive, and Especially Socialist Criticism, co-ed. (N.Y.U. Press, 1990)
  9. Marxism: an Uncommon Introduction (Stirling Pub., New Delhi, 1991)
  10. Dialectical Investigations (Routledge, 1993) A French translation is forthcoming
  11. Market Socialism: the Debate Among Socialists, ed. and co-author (Routledge, 1998). A Chinese translation appeared in 2000.
  12. Dialectics: the New Frontier, co-ed. (Special Issue of Science and Society, Fall, 1998)
  13. How to Take an Exam...and Remake the World (Black Rose Books, Montreal, Spring, 2001)
  14. Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2003). A French translation appeared in 2006, and Chinese and Turkish translations in 2007.
  15. Dialectique Aujourd'hui, co-ed. (Editions Syllepse, 2007). This is a new book and not a French translation of one of my English books.
  16. Dialectics, co-ed. (Palgrave, 2008). This is a much expanded version of number 12 above.

  1. "Alienation and the Law of Value", Economies et Societies (June, 1967)
  2. "Marx's Use of 'Class'", American Journal of Sociology (Mar., 1968)
  3. Dialectique Marxiste et Pensee Structurale (Centre d'Etudes Socialiste, 1968) (publication of a year long colloquium in which I was a regular participant)
  4. Review of Henri Lefebvre's Sociology of Marx, American Journal of Sociology (Jan., 1969)
  5. Review of Joseph O'Malley's Karl Marx's Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, American Political Science Review (Spring, 1970)
  6. "Is There a Marxian Ethic? The Fact/Value Distinction", Science and Society (Summer, 1971)
  7. "The Marxism of Wilhelm Reich: or the Social Function of Sexual Repression", The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin, ed. by Dick Howard (Basic Books, 1971). French translation reprinted in Partisan (Fall, 1972).
  8. "Toward Class Consciousness Next Time: Marx and the Working Class", Politics and Society (Fall, 1972). Reprinted in The Best of Politics and Society, ed. by Ira Katznelson (Mackay, 1975).
  9. Comment on George Kelly's "Alienation", Political Theory (Summer, 1973)
  10. Introduction, Sex-Pol: Marxist Writings, 1929-1934, by Wilhelm Reich (Random House, 1973). Reprinted in Monthly Review (Oct., 1973)
  11. "Marxism and Political Science: Prolegomenon to a Debate on Marx's Method", Politics and Society (Fall, 1973)
  12. "The State as a Value Relation", Kapitalistate (Winter, 1974)
  13. "In Defense of Internal Relations", Radical Philosophy (Spring, 1976)
  14. "On Teaching Marxism", Insurgent Sociologist (Summer, 1976). Reprinted in New Political Science (Summer, 1978) and Radical Teacher (Sept., 1978).
  15. "Of Marxism and Universities", New York Times Op-Ed (June l6, 1978)
  16. "Marx's Vision of Communism", Critique (Summer, 1977). Reprinted in Radicalism in the Contemporary Age, vol. II, ed. by Severyn Bialer (Westview Press, 1977).
  17. Class Struggle, educational board game (1978)
  18. "Radical Textbooks: a Report from Political Science", Monthly Review (June, 1978)
  19. Review of Ralph Miliband's Marxism and Politics, American Political Science Review (Spring, 1979)
  20. "Marxist Businessman Finds Bottom Line Too Low", New York Times Op-Ed (Oct.l7, 1980)
  21. Entry on"Marxism", American Academic Encyclopedia (Arete Pub., 1980). Reprinted in Monthly Review (April, 1981), and as a pamphlet by Red Hot Publications (Feb., 1983).
  22. Review of Paul Buhl's Labor Joke Book, The National Guardian (Nov. 4, 1981)
  23. "Theses on the Capitalist State", Monthly Review (Dec., 1982)
  24. "Academic Freedom in America Today: a Marxist View", Regulating the Intellectuals: Perspectives on Academic Freedom in the 1980's, ed. by Craig Kaplan and Ellen Schrecker (Praeger Pub., 1983). Reprinted in Zedek (Feb., 1983) and Monthly Review (Mar., 1984).
  25. Comment on "Marx and Freedom", by Andrzej Walicki, New York Review of Books (Mar. l5, 1984)
  26. "The Meaning of Dialectics", Monthly Review (Nov., 1986)
  27. "How to Study Class Consciousness...and Why We Should", Critical Sociology (Winter, 1987)
  28. "A Marxist Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution", Monthly Review (Dec., 1987)
  29. Comment on Michael Albert's "Marxism", Z Magazine (May, 1989)
  30. "From Liberal to Social Democrat to Marxist", History and the New Left, ed. by Paul Buhl (Temple Univ. Press, 1990)
  31. "Putting Dialectics to Work: The Process of Abstraction in Marx's Method", Rethinking Marxism (Spring, 1990)
  32. "The Regency of the Proletariat in Crisis: a Job for Perestroika", P.S. (Political Science) (Sept., 1991)
  33. "Before Market Mystification Become Fully Operative: Toward a Political Strategy for the Self-Management Movement", Economy and Democracy, ed. by Alexander Buzgalin (Economic Democracy Pub., Moscow, 1992)
  34. Comment on Tim Mitchell's "The Limits of the State", American Political Science Review (Dec., 1992)
  35. "What Is To Be Done? the little things", Radical Teacher (Spring, 1992)
  36. "The 64 Rubel Question: What Will Russia's Workers Do Next?", Against the Current (May-June, 1993)
  37. Introduction, Essays in Critical Social Theory, by Richard Lichtman (Peter Lang, 1993)
  38. Comment on Norman Rush's "Socialism", The Nation (Mar. 7, 1994)
  39. "Industrial Democracy", Encyclopedia of Democracy, ed. by Seymour Martin Lipset (Congressional Quarterly Pub., 1995)
  40. "Exams Under Capitalism: a Marxist Critique of the Exam System", Access: a Journal of Education (Winter, 1995)
  41. "Some Preliminary Questions on Engels' Relation to Marxism", Beitrage sur Marx-Engels-Forschung (Summer, 1995). Reprinted in Marx Ahora (Havana, Fall, 1997).
  42. Review of M. Rubel's Karl Marx: Oeuvres, vol. IV, MEGA Studien (Amsterdam, 1995: vol.II)
  43. "Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakusa? Prolegomenon to a Marxist Theory of the State" (Japanese translation), The Marxist Review (Tokyo, Summer, 1996)
  44. "How to Take an Exam ...and Win the World", Radical Teacher (Summer, 1996)
  45. "The Problem Is Capitalism", in The Downsizing of America, ed. by the New York Times (Times Books, 1996)
  46. "Market Mystification in Capitalist and Market Socialist Societies", Socialism and Democracy (Winter, 1997). Translated into Chinese and reprinted in internet journal,China and the World, no.34 (Chicago, Summer, 1999).
  47. "Socialism - a Bird's-eye View", Peace Studies (Spring, 1997)
  48. "Why Dialectics? Why Now?", Science and Society (Fall, 1998). Reprinted in Utopie Kreativ (Berlin, May-June, 1999)
  49. "The Dance of the Dialectic, or How to Study the Communist Future Inside the Capitalist Present", Socialism and Democracy (Winter, 1998). Reprinted in le Manifeste communiste: l50 ans apres (la Dispute, Paris, 1998); also in Marxist Review, Athens (Fall, 1998)
  50. "Exchange on 'Market Mystification'", Socialism and Democracy" (Spring-Summer, 1999)
  51. "What Is Political Science? What Should It Be?, New Political Science (Dec., 2000)
  52. "Necessity and/or Determinism in Marxism", Critique (Glasgow, forthcoming)
  53. "Critical Realism in Light of Marx's Process of Abstraction", in AFTER POSTMODERNISM: AN INTRODUCTIION TO CRITICAL REALISM, ed. by Gary Potter and Jose Lopez (Athlone, London: Spring, 2001)
  54. "The Question Is Not 'When Will Capitalism Die?', But 'When Did It Die and What Should Our Reaction Be?'", Nature, Society, Thought (Spring, 2001). A Chinese translation is being prepared for publication in China.
  55. "The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Market: Response to Professor Kang on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics", Socialism and Democracy (Spring, 2001). A Chinese translation is being prepared for publication in China.
  56. "Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Toward a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State", New Left Review (Spring, 2001). This is a much longer and more developed version of the article published under this title in Japanese a few years earlier.
  57. "Explanation Yes; Justification No", The Critical Criminologist (Nov., 2001).
  58. "Dialectics is More than a Theory of Exposition: a Critique of Systematic Dialectics", in CAPITALISM AND THE NEW DIALECTICS, ed. by Rob Albritton (Palgrave Pub., 2002)
  59. "Why So Many Exams? A Marxist Response", Z Magazine (Oct., 2002)
  60. "Why War with Iraq? the Phantom Reasons and the Real Ones", The Rouge Forum (Spring, 2003); reprinted in Occasional Papers of the Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements (Grenoble, France, Spring, 2003), and in Marxist Review (Athens, Spring, 2003)
  61. "Is Anti-Zionism a New Form of Anti-Semitism?", Occasional Papers of the Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements (Grenoble, France, Spring, 2003)
  62. "Marxism, this Tale of Two Cities", Science and Society (Spring, 2003)
  63. "What Constitutes a Stolen Election?", Occasional Papers of the Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements (Grenoble, France, Dec., 2004).
  64. "Marxism and Progress" (video), Cultural Logic (Fall, 2004).
  65. "Marx, Markets and Meatgrinders" (interview), Political Affairs (Mar. 2004).
  66. "Imperialism, Then and Now", (interview), Mehgbarta (Bangladesh) (Feb., 2004).
  67. "The Utopian Vision of the Future (Then and Now): a Marxist Critique", Monthly Review (Summer, 2005).
  68. "What Constitutes a "Stolen Election"? Toward a Politics of Deligitimation", Socialism and Democracy (July, 2005).
  69. "Letter of Resignation from the Jewish People: a Critique of Zionism as Nationalism", Tikkun (Jan./Feb., 2005). Reprinted in Turkey and France.
  70. "The Philosophy of Basketball, or the Relation Between Capitalism, Democracy and Socialism", Logos (web journal) (Winter, 2005). Reprinted as Op-Ed. in the L.A. Times (Mar. 7, 2005) and in Sweden.
  71. Basic Documents for the website of the INTERNATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY (I.E.D.): I. "Urgent Appeal to the People of the World", II. "Statement of Purpose", and III. "Press Release" - www.iefd.org (Dec., 2005).
  72. Editor of an over 200 piece 'Critical Democracy Library' on web (2005-'08)
  73. "America Beyond Capitalism: a Socialist Stew Prepared for Liberals and Conservatives", Political Economy of the Good Society (PEGS) (Winter, 2007).

  1. Book on Marx's theory of appropriation.
  2. Book on communism as a post-capitalist civilization.
  3. Book on a Marxism for the new century (my recent Oxford lectures).
  4. Edited book of Marx's selected writings for the Modern Library series of Random House (under contract).
  5. Edited book on the main forms of capitalist ideology found in American universities.
  6. Co-edited book on "What Is Political Science and What Should It be?".
  7. Co-edited book of critical articles on American democracy.
  8. Co-edited book of articles illustrating the use of Marx's method in the social sciences.
  9. Article on Marxist Ecology.
  10. Article on analytical philosophy.
  11. Article on American patriotism.
  12. Article on globalization as ideology.
  13. Article on the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  14. Article on the dialectics of humor and revolution.

  1. Book on the Marxist theory of the state with a focus on the democratic state in capitalist society.
  2. Book on the Marxist theory of class consciousness.
  3. Book of my articles on politics, the state and political science.
  4. A revised third edition of my book, ALIENATION.
  5. Edited book on Marxist approaches to the study of the American government.
  6. Expanded second edition of my edited book, STUDIES IN SOCIALIST PEDAGOGY.