Jeffrey Sommers

Jeffrey Sommers

Associate Professor

Alumni House, 227A
(414) 229-4155
Curriculum VIta (pdf)

Jeffrey Sommers has joined the REMESO, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University in Sweden as associated faculty. He will work on collaborative research with REMESO faculty that advances their research profile.


Ph.D., Northeastern University

Research & Teaching Interests:

Research and teaching is conducted on the “spatial fixes” to crises of global capital accumulation. Further research to this end centers on the political economy of Africa’s (and its Diaspora) accelerated integration into new networks of accumulation. Other areas investigated are development studies, developmental states, international political economy and hegemonic transitions.

Courses Offered:

Africol 325 Online: Political Economy of Africa / China Relations
Africol 705: Normative Theory & Principles of Social Organization I
Africol 706: Normative Theory & Principles of Social Organization II

Selected Publications:

Race, Reality & Realpolitik: US/Haiti Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. Manuscript in progress.

2013. The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model (London: Routledge Press). Co-Editors & contributing authors: Jeffrey Sommers & Charles Woolfson. In progress. Contract with Routledge signed.

2011. "Tides of Hegemonic Change: the Atypical Trajectory of the 1970s to Present B Phase Crisis," in Barry Gills and Patrick Manning, ed. Political Economy on a World Scale: Essays in Memory of Andre Gunder Frank (London: Routledge Press, 2011). pp. 239-64. Co-authored with Boris Kagarlitsky. ISBN 978-0-415-60273-0.

2011. Twenty Years Lost: Entropy and Latvia in the Post Soviet World,” in Gareth Dale, ed., First the Transition, then the Crash: Eastern Europe in the 2000s. (London: Pluto Press, 2011). Co-authored, Janis Berzins. ISBN: 9780745331157.

2010. “The Swedish model and the future of labor standards after Laval.” Industrial Relations Journal 41:4, (fall, 10) pp. 333–350. ISSN 0019-8692. Co-authored with C. Woolfson and C. Thornqvist.

2009. “The Anglo-American Model of Economic Organization and Governance: Entropy and the Fragmentation of Social Solidarity in 21st Century.” Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 17, No.2 (August, 09) pp. 127-142. ISSN 0965-156X.

2008. “Latvia Living at the Extremes: Seeking Equillibrium between Central Planning and Finacialization,” Humanities and Social Sciences (special issue: EU and Latvia), fall 08 3(56) pp. 34-54. ISSN 10222-4483. DOI: 10.1080/09651560903172191.

2008. “Trajectories of Entropy - Neoliberalism vs. Social Europe: The Political Economy of Migration in the New Europe.” Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 16, No. 1 (April, 08) pp. 53-69. ISSN 0965-156. Co-Authored with C. Woolfson.

2006. “Labour Mobility in Construction: European Implications of the Latvian Laval and Partners’ Dispute with Swedish Labour,” European Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 12, No. 1. (March, 06) pp. 49-68. ISSN: 0959-6801. (edited at London School of Economics). Co-Authored with C. Woolfson, Marie Curie Chair to the Baltics.

2003. “Haiti and the Hemispheric Imperative to Invest: The Bulletin of the Pan American Union,” Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 68-94.

Other Resources:

Select Media Articles & Appearances
Dr. Sommers on RT’s Crosstalk, October 3, 2012
Dr. Sommers in the Financial Times, June 21, 2012
Dr. Sommers on MPTV’s, International Focus, May 20, 2012
Dr. Sommers on RT’s Crosstalk, September 12, 2011
Dr. Sommers in The Guardian, September 16, 2011
Dr. Sommers in CounterPunch, January 18, 2011