Welcome to my website. I am a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am also affiliated with the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, and with the Global and International Studies Program at UCSB. My scholarly research focuses on: macro and comparative sociology, globalization and transnationalism, political economy, political sociology, development and social change, Latin America and the Third World, and Latina/o studies.
As a scholar-activist I attempt to link my academic work to struggles in the United States, in the Americas, and around the world for social justice, popular empowerment, participatory democracy, and people-centered development.
At this website you will find links to my curriculum vitae, several hundred captioned photos from my research and travels around the world, and sample syllabi from courses I teach at UCSB. Also available on my site are downloadable PDF files for my out-of-print 1992 book, A Faustian Bargain and the 2007 Spanish language edition of my book on global capitalism, Una Teoria sobre el Capitalismo Global, as well as links to a variety of academic and global justice websites.
To see more photos, visit my Photos page on Flickr.
My most recent book, Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Globalization Perspective, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in Fall 2008.
From the back cover:
"William I. Robinson has delivered us a powerful statement on contemporary Latin America as both a product of globalization and a challenge to the view that 'there is no alternative.' This is a wide ranging political economy which is both well researched and eminently readable. A must!"
Ronaldo Munck, author of Contemporary Latin America
"Building on his pathbreaking work on emerging transnational states, classes, and relations of production, William Robinson reveals the deepening, overlapping, and ultimately unsustainable global crises of legitimacy, overaccumulation, and polarization. Robinson argues with great analytical lucidity that Latin America's current 'left turn,' more than a manifestation of turbulence, is a struggle over the shape of the new world to come."
Greg Grandin, author of Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
"Robinson's book is a model for critical globalization studiesempirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated. He shows us how Latin America is on the frontlines in the struggle to determine what will succeed the neoliberal paradigm of the capitalist global order."
Michael Hardt, coauthor of Empire and Multitude