Professor Ronnie Lipschutz

Research Interests

Professor Lipschutz’ research interests are rather diverse, but they tend to focus on the sources and processes of social change in contemporary political collectivities under conditions of what is often called “globalization.” Within this broad context, he is studying the constitution and fragmentation of old and new political units and movements (states, social movements, non-governmental organizations, civil society) in the areas of environment, security and identity (see the list of his recent publications). A key question of interest–albeit hardly a new one–is how to create non-aggressive collective political association and action when markets foster and privilege, individualism and atomization? More recently, his research has diverged into two directions: the public-private hybridization of the 21st century state, and the genealogies of capitalism, property and human rights.

Biography, Education and Training

Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During Fall term 2011, he is a Velux Visiting Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. He was a visiting Professor of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London during 2009-10, and a Visiting Professor and Fellow in the Department of International Relations and Politics during 2002. Lipschutz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990.

Lipschutz’s most recent books are Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005) as well as a text co-authored with Mary Ann Tétreault, Global Politics as if People Mattered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 2nd ed.). He is editor of Civil Societies and Social Movements (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor (with K. Ravi Raman) Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparative Critiques (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2010) and (with Gabriela Kütting) of Global Environmental Governance—Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World (Routledge, 2009). He is also author of, among other volumes, Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), After Authority—War, Peace and Global Politics in the 21st Century (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000) Cold War Fantasies—Film, Fiction and Foreign Policy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Politics (SUNY Press, 1996), and editor or co-editor of several other books.