Curriculum Vitae

Aaron Benanav
 

EMPLOYMENT

University of Chicago, 2016-
Harper-Scmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, Department of History

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in History, University of California, Los Angeles, Winter 2015
M.A. in History, University of California, Los Angeles, Spring 2008
B.A. in History, University of Chicago, with honors, Spring 2005

PUBLICATIONS

Book

A Global History of Unemployment, since 1949 (under advance contract, Verso Books).

Journal Articles

“The Origins of Informality: The ILO at the Limit of the Concept of Unemployment,” Journal of Global History 14, 1 (March 2019), in press.

“Demography and Dispossession: Explaining the Growth of the Global Informal Proletariat, 1950-2000,” Social Science History 43, 3 (Winter 2019), in press.

“Can Dialectics Break BRICS?” (with Joshua Clover), South Atlantic Quarterly 113, 4 (Fall 2014), 743-759.

Edited Volumes

“Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today” (with John Clegg), in The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, eds. Werner Bonefeld, et. al., New York, Sage Publications, 2018.

Manuscripts in Progress

“Automation and the Future of Work,” in preparation for the New Left Review.

Other Publications

“It’s Not about NAFTA,” Verso Blog (online), November 2016.

“Precarity Rising,” Viewpoint Magazine (online), June 2015.

“Misery and Debt,” with John Clegg, Endnotes 2, April 2010, 20-51.

“Landscapes of Labour,” New Left Review 61, January 2010, 222-232.

“Critique in Crisis,” Lana Turner Journal 2, Fall 2009, 212-223.

“Kali’s Prophet,” New Left Review 48, November 2007, 139-151.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017 University of Chicago Feminist Forum Professor Award
2013-14 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship
2012-13 UCLA History Department Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship
2008 History Department Comprehensive Exams passed “with distinction”
2007 & 2008 UCLA Graduate Division Graduate Summer Research Mentorship

INVITED TALKS

“A Critical History of Unemployment: From Marx to Modern Times,” Hispanic and Portuguese Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania, 11/17/17.

“A Global History of Unemployment: The Historical Adventures of an Economic Concept,” Critical Social Theory at McGill, McGill University, 11/6/17.

“Automation and the Future of Work,” Radical Futures Series, International Institute for Research and Education in Amsterdam, NL, 9/7/17.

“Demography and Dispossession: Explaining the Growth of the Global Informal Proletariat,” International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam, NL, 9/5/17.

“The End of Unemployment? The ILO Confronts the Global Jobs Deficit, 1945-1995,” Grass Humanities Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 4/26/17.

“Too Many People or Too Few Jobs: A Critique of Political Demography after 1950,” The Institute for Humanities Research, UC Santa Cruz, 2/17/2016.

“A World without Work: The Global Jobs Crisis in Historical Perspective,” Global Studies Department, UC Santa Barbara, 1/19/16.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Production and Profit in an Overcrowded World Economy,” Social Science History Conference, 11/10/19.

“The Construction of a Globally Operational Concept of Unemployment at the UN,” International History Workshop, Columbia University, 9/26/19.

“Automation and the Future of Work,” Society of Fellows Workshop, University of Chicago, 6/1/18.

“Demography and Dispossession: Explaining the Growth of the Global Informal Proletariat,” Social Science History Conference, 11/4/17.

“Unemployment on the World-Scale,” History of Capitalism Workshop, University of Chicago, 10/10/17.

“The ILO and the End of Unemployment,” Society of Fellows Workshop, The University of Chicago, 4/17/17.

“Demography and Dispossession,” Social Theory Workshop, The University of Chicago, 11/10/16.

“Deindustrialization in a Global Perspective,” Seventh Annual Historical Materialism Conference, New York, NY, 4/25/2015.

“The New Global Revolutions,” The Center for Social Theory & Comparative History, UCLA, 4/15/2013.

“Dimensions of the Present Crisis” (opening plenary), Second Annual Historical Materialism Conference, New York, NY, 1/14/2016.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Collegiate Asst. Professor, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2016-

A Global History of Unemployment (Spring 2018), instructor of record.

Power, Identity, Resistance (Fall 2016-present), instructor of record.

Lecturer, History Department, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016

World History since 1760 (Spring 2016), instructor of record.

University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011-2015
Lecturer, College Nine

International and Global Issues (Fall 2011-2015), instructor of record.

University of California, Los Angeles, 2008-2009
Teaching Fellow, History Department

A Science of the Subject? Psychoanalysis and Social Theory (Spring 2009), instructor of record.

History of Modern Thought (Fall 2008 & Winter 2009), teaching assistant.

University of California, Los Angeles, 2007-2008
Teaching Assistant, History Department

Social Knowledge and Social Power (Winter 2008).

Introduction to Western Civilization, Ancient Civilizations to A.D. 843 (Fall 2007).

University of California, Los Angeles, 2007-2008
Teaching Assistant, German Department

Figures who Changed the World (Winter 2007 & Spring 2008).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Historical Association
Economic History Association
Social Science History Association
American Association of University Professors

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Co-Chair, Society of Fellows, The University of Chicago, 2017-18
Faculty Advisor, Social Theory Workshop, The University of Chicago, 2017-18
Administrator, UCLA Center for Social Theory and History, 2015-2016
Member, Committee to Revise Core Curriculum, UCSC, College Nine, 2015

LANGUAGES

Spanish (reading proficiency)
French (reading proficiency)
German (reading proficiency)

REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST