William I. Robinson

William I. Robinson

William I. Robinson is a professor of sociology, global and international studies, and Latin American and Iberian studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of such books as The Global Police State (2020), Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (2014), Latin America and Global Capitalism (2008), and Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, US Intervention and Hegemony (1996). He worked for a decade prior to entering academia as an investigative journalist in Central America and has lectured widely at universities around the world on the topics of the global economy, international politics, and contemporary world affairs. He is active in several social justice movements, including immigrant rights in the United States and justice for Palestine. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of New Mexico.

GTI Contributions
The Betrayal of the Intellectuals
GTI Forum

Contribution to GTI Forum Planetize the Movement!

April 2020

Roundtable contribution on World Political Party - William I. Robinson
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Party Time?

February 2019

A world political party must be explicitly anticapitalist if it is to be ready for the task of social transformation.

Roundtable contribution on Debating the Precariat - William I. Robinson
Contribution to GTI Roundtable Debating the Precariat

October 2018

The “precariat,” rather than a new class, is part of the global proletariat, on whose struggle with transnational capital our fate depends.

Capitalism is in the midst of an epochal shift: the emergence of a transnational economy and ruling class, and fledgling governance institutions. Taming the ruinous crises this shift carries will take a popular struggle that moves beyond reform to systemic transformation.

Author's Response: Roundtable on Global Capitalism
Author's Response to GTI Roundtable Global Capitalism

June 2017

William I. Robinson addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable discussion.