Erik Olin Wright Prize Committee

Elizabeth Anderson is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1987, she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, and joined the Philosophy Department at University of  Michigan. Professor Anderson designed University of Michigan’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, and was its founding director. She has won fellowships from the ACLS and Guggenheim Foundations, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, and is a 2019 MacArthur Fellow. She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010), Private Government (How Employers Rule our Lives, and Why We Don’t  Talk About It) (Princeton UP, 2017) and numerous, widely reprinted articles in journals of philosophy,  law, and economics. She specializes in moral and political philosophy, social and feminist epistemology,  and the philosophy of the social sciences. She has written extensively on egalitarianism, the interaction  of facts and values in social science research, the intersection of democratic theory and social  epistemology, and pragmatism. Her current research reconsiders the history of the Protestant work  ethic from the 17th century to 21st century neoliberalism, including the impact of the work ethic on  classical political economy and public policy, including welfare policy, labor rights, and regulation. 

Isabelle Ferreras is a senior tenured fellow (maître de recherches) of the Belgian National  Science Foundation (F.N.R.S.-F.R.S., Brussels), a professor of sociology at the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) where she is a permanent research of the CriDIS (IACCHOS-Centre for interdisciplinary research Democracy, Institutions, Subjectivity, Louvain), and a senior research associate of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA). Ferreras was elected in 2017 a permanent member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts of Belgium (Class Technology and Society). She has been elected Director of her Class, and president of the Royal Academy starting January 2021.  Ferreras’s research agenda focuses on understanding work in the context of the service-based  production regime. She has developed a critical, political sociology of work. She is developing a  companion, critical ‘political theory of the firm’ that seeks to grasp firms as “political entities” in the broader context of capitalist democracies at the global age, and to explore implications at  both levels of efficiency and justice via the proposal of “economic bicameralism” for  democratizing the government of capitalist firms. Ferreras’s proposal for democratizing corporations was the last ‘real utopia’ that Erik Olin  Wright helped readied for a Real Utopia Conference. As arranged by Erik, the conference was  scheduled to take place in March 2020 at the Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, with  funding from the Central Bank of Sweden. Due to the covid-19 crisis, the conference had to be  postponed to January 2021.  Isabelle Ferreras’ main publications include: Firms as Political Entities. Saving Democracy  through Economic Bicameralism (2017. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge/NYC)  ; Gouverner le capitalisme ? Pour le bicamérisme économique (2012, Presses universitaires de  France, Paris) ; Critique politique du travail. Travailler à l’heure de la société des services (2007,  Les Presses de Sciences Po, Paris). 

Roberto Gargarella is a lawyer and sociologist from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA 1983-5); Doctor in Law (UBA, 1991). Master in Law (University of Chicago, 1992); Doctor in law (University of Chicago, 1993). Post-doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford (1995). Senior researcher at CONICET. He received a John Simon Guggenheim grant (1999) and also a Harry Frank Guggenheim grant (2002). He published numerous books and articles, including, “Razones para el socialismo,” with F. Ovejero (Paidós, 2000); “Courst and Power in Latin America and Africa,” with S. Gloppen  et al (Palgrave, 2009); “The Legal Foundations of Inequality” (Cambridge U.P., 2010), “Latin  American Constitutionalism” (Oxford U.P., 2013); “The Latin American Casebook. Courts  Constitutions and Rights,” with J. G. Bertomeu (Routledge 2016); “Constituent Assemblies”, with  J. Elster et al (Cambridge U.P. 2018); and “La derrota del derecho en América Latina. Siete Tesis”  (Siglo XXI, 2020). 

César Rodríguez-Garavito is Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Faculty Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law.  He is the Editor-in Chief of Open Global Rights. He has published widely on global governance, international human rights, climate change, and Indigenous and socio-environmental movements. His publications include Litigating the Climate Emergency: How Human Rights, Courts and Legal Mobilization Can Bolster Climate Action (Cambridge, forthcoming), “Human Rights 2030: Existential Challenges and a New Paradigm for the Field” (forthcoming, OUP), Business and Human Rights: Beyond the End of the  Beginning (Cambridge, ed.), “Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti- Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” (Politics & Society);  and Law and Globalization from Below: Toward a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge, co-ed.).  He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied under Erik Olin Wright. He also holds an M.A.  from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an M.A. in Philosophy from the National University of  Colombia, and a J.D. from the University of the Andes. 

Joel Rogers is the Noam Chomsky Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of  Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, the national resource and strategy center on high-road development that also operates the Mayors Innovation Project, State Smart Transportation Initiative (with Smart Growth America), and ProGov21. Rogers has written widely on party politics, democratic theory, and cities and urban regions. Along with many scholarly and popular articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society: How It Really Works. Joel is an active citizen as well as academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders, and has initiated and/or helped lead several  progressive NGOs (including the New Party [now the Working Families Party], EARN [Economic  Analysis and Research Network], WRTP [Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership], Apollo  Alliance [now part of the Blue Green Alliance], Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation  Exchange, and EPIC-N (Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network). He is a  contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and  identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and  culture in the 21st century. 

Neera Chandhoke is the Distinguished Fellow Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi. Formerly Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi and Director Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi. Among her many publications are Rethinking Pluralism, Secularism, Tolerance: Anxieties of Co Existence, Delhi Sage 2019; Democracy and Revolutionary Politics, London, Bloomsbury Academic 2015; Contested  Secessions, Delhi, Oxford University Press 2012, The Conceits of  Civil Society, Delhi, Oxford University Press 2002, Beyond Secularism: The Rights of Religious Minorities, Delhi, Oxford University Press 1999; State And Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory, Delhi, Sage, 1995. Forthcoming book: Violence in Our Bones, Delhi, Aleph, and Nelson Mandela: Peace through Reconciliation, Delhi, Routledge. Neera Chandhoke is a regular contributor to prestigious national newspapers and e-journals. She has been awarded a number  of fellowships, among which are: Visiting Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and  Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2015-2016; National Fellow, Indian  Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi 2013-2015; Senior Fellow, Justitia Amplificata,  Goethe University, Frankfurt 2012-2013; Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Ethics and Global  Politics, Luiss University, Rome 2011; Awarded the Gaetano Mosca Chair, University of Turin, Turin 2009; International Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Civil Society, London School of  Economics and Political Science, London 2007; Jawaharlal Nehru National Fellow, Jawaharlal  Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi, 1998-1999, and Fellow, Centre for Contemporary Studies,  Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, 1990-1992.  

Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Dawson received his doctorate degree from Harvard. He has directed numerous public opinion studies that focus on race and public opinion. His research interests include black political behavior and public opinion, political economy, and black political ideology. More recently he has combined his quantitative work with work in political theory. His first two books, Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics and Black  Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies, won multiple awards.  Recent books include Not In Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics, and Blacks In and Out of  the Left. Recently with Megan Ming Francis Dawson launched a nationwide, multi-university  project to study the intersection of race and capitalism. Recent work from Dawson related to  this project includes the 2016 articles in Public Culture (with Francis), and Critical Historical  Studies as well as a 2019 article in The Journal of Political Philosophy co-authored with Emily  Katzenstein. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture  at the University of Chicago. Dawson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences  in 2006. In 2017 Dawson was the first awardee of the American Political Science Association’s  Hanes Walton, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for the Study of Race and Ethnic Politics. 

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin AJ Julius studied class structure and class politics with Erik Wright. In 2006 he completed a PhD in economics at the New School. He’s taught philosophy at UCLA since 2007. He’s written about several topics: the dynamics of competition, exploitation, accumulation, and technical progress; the natures of property, coercion, exchange, commodity production, and wage labor; rationality and freedom in a person’s action over time and in her interactions with other persons; self knowledge, self liberation, and mutual recognition in friendship, work, and struggle. 

John Roemer teaches political science and economics at Yale University. His research concerns problems that are at the intersection of economics, political theory, and political philosophy. Early in his academic career, he studied Marxian economics (A General Theory of Exploitation and Class, 1982). The importance of exploitation in Marxian theory led to his reading Anglo American egalitarian political philosophy, chiefly the work of John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, and G.A. Cohen (Theories of distributive justice, 1996). As  a response to Dworkin, he proposed a way of formulating a conception of equality of  opportunity that could be taken to the data by social scientists and used to measure the  progress that different societies are making towards equalizing opportunities (Equality of  Opportunity, 1998). After the revolutions of 1989-1991 in eastern Europe and the Soviet  Union, he proposed a model of market socialism in A future for socialism (1994). Viewing  elections as the democratic class struggle, as Seymour Lipset had written, he extended the  theory of political competition in advanced democracies by modelling the simultaneous  competition between political parties in the general election, and between factions in each  party before the general election (Political Competition, 2001). With Woojin Lee and Karine  van der Straeten, he applied the theory of political equilibrium developed in that book to study  Racism, Xenophobia and Distribution: Multi- issue politics in advanced democracies (2007).  With Humberto Llavador and Joaquim Silvestre, he proposed a way of modelling global  sustainability, which is highly critical of standard approaches that maximize a discounted  utilitarian social objective (Sustainability for a warming planet , 2015). His most recent work  proposes a model of how people cooperate with each other, in contrast to standard game  theory, which models how they compete with each other (How we cooperate: A theory of  Kantian optimization, 2019). He argues that this theory can be applied to advancing our  conception of how market socialism could function. 

Lea Ypi is Professor in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science  and Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at the Australian National University. A native of Albania, she has degrees in Philosophy and in Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a PhD from the European University Institute and was a Post-Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. She is the author of Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency, The Meaning of Partisanship (with Jonathan White), The Architectonic of Reason, and the co-editor of Kant and Colonialism and Migration in Political Theory (all published by Oxford University Press). She is currently working on Territorial Justice (forthcoming with Princeton University Press) and a philosophical memoir entitled Free (forthcoming with Penguin Press). Her work has been recognized with several prizes such as the British Academy Prize for Excellence in Political Science and the Leverhulme Prize for Outstanding Research Achievement. She contributes regularly to The Guardian and The New Statesman.