Robert Ovetz

Robert Ovetz

Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin, 1996

Spring 2020

Office Hours: TR 12:00pm-1:00pm
                     W 4:00pm-5:00pm & by appointment 

Office: Clark Hall 402D
Phone: 408-924-5555

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

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.

Robert’s 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, ROAR, In These Times, 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 a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society and the editorial committee of the UK based magazine Notes From Below.

He also teaches political science at two community colleges. Robert published his first book When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921 (Brill 2018) which will be republished in 2019. He is working on his next two books on new international labor movements and a working class analysis of the US constitution.

Robert lives among the trees in Marin County, California, USA, loves to ride his bike and collects and listens to LP records.