Robert Ovetz

Robert Ovetz

Office Hours

TR 8:00am-8:40am
W 5:00pm-5:45pm


CL Hall 402D




Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin, 1996

Robert Ovetz has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. He researches and writes about the politics of class conflict and the crisis of capitalism at the turn of the 20th century and the politics of the adjunctification of academic labor.

He worked as an aide for two members of the Texas legislature, was the executive director of the NGO Seaflow, and has worked as a policy advocate for other non-government organizations on debt, development, human rights and ocean conservation issues. Robert led a team that successfully lobbied the United Nations Law of the Seas Convention to implement the first global protections for endangered marine species from industrial fishing.

Roberts writings have been published in a number of academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Air America, BBC, and KPFA and in the Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Z Magazine, The Ecologist, Canberra Times (Australia), Orlando Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), UPI, Critical Sociologist, Working USA, and Capital & Class, among others. A list of his publications can be found at

Robert is on the editorial board of Working USA, which was recently renamed The Journal of Labor and Society, and will be co-editing an upcoming issue of the journal.

He also teaches political science at San Francisco State University and political science sociology at two community colleges. Robert recently completed his first book When Workers Shot Back: Class Struggle from 1877 to 1924 which will be published soon by Brill of The Netherlands.

Robert lives in Marin County, California, USA, loves to ride his bike and listen to loud music.