Jeffery R. Webber is a political economist with research interests in Latin America, Marxism, social theory, the history of the Left, international development, capitalism and nature, imperialism, the politics of class and social oppression, and class formation and social movements. He is author or co-author of five books – Impasse in Latin America: The Rise and Decline of Progressivism, 1990-2018, with Franck Gaudichaud and Massimo Modonesi (forthcoming); The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (2017); Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America, with Todd Gordon (2016); Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia (2012); and From Rebellion to Reform: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales (2011). He is also the co-editor of two books – Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Political Economy, with Susan Spronk (2015); and The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire, with Barry Carr (2013).
He sits on the editorial board of Historical Materialism and writes regularly for non-academic publications, including Jacobin, Viewpoint, and NACLA Report on the Americas.
- PhD in Political Science – University of Toronto, 2009
- Masters in Political Science – McGill University, 2001
- BA in Political Science – McGill University, 1999
Webber teaches two undergraduate modules: Issues in Cultural and Political Economy (1st Year) and International Political Economy (2nd year).
Before joining Goldsmiths in 2019, he taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Regina (Canada).
Areas of Supervision
Webber has supervised PhDs on class, state, and urban space in Bolivia under Morales, the political economy of Colombia’s new peasant movements, and the political economy of oil in Venezuela.
He would be happy to supervise doctoral students pursuing any research overlapping with his areas of expertise.
Webber sits on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism and Latin American Perspectives.
- The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left (Haymarket, 2017)
- * Shortlisted for the 2018 Sussex International Theory Prize
- Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America (Fernwood, 2016)* Recommended ‘summer read’ in Nature
- * Winner of the 2017 Errol Sharpe Book Prize
- Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia (Haymarket, 2012)
- From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation, and the Politics of Evo Morales (Haymarket, 2011)
Media appearances, grants, and awards
In April 2018, Webber was a Visiting Scholar at the Havens Center for Social Justice at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The same year, his book The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left, was shortlisted for the Sussex International Theory Prize. Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America, co-authored with Todd Gordon, was awarded the 2017 Errol Sharpe Book Prize. His doctoral dissertation was nominated by the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto for the John Leyerle-CIFAR Prize for Interdisciplinary Research and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award. Following his PhD Webber declined a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada to take up a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Science at the University of Regina, where he taught in 2009-2010, before moving to Queen Mary University of London. He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador, the Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA) and Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios (CEBEM) in La Paz, Bolivia.
He is interviewed regularly in the media regarding contemporary Latin American politics.
Jeffery R. Webber’s research explores the political economy of Latin America, the history of the region’s Left, and the politics of class formation and social movements. He also writes on various aspects of Marxist theory, most recently the renewal of theories of imperialism.
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2017. The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745399539
Schavelzon, Salvador and Webber, Jeffery R.. 2017. Podemos and Latin America. In: Oscar Garcia Agustin and Marco Briziarelli, eds. Podemos and the New Political Cycle: Left-Wing Populism and Anti-Establishment Politics. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 173-199. ISBN 9783319634319
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2016. ‘The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same’: Popular Forces Regroup against Rafael Correa in Ecuador. In: Sara R. Farris, ed. Returns of Marxism: Marxist Theory in a Time of Crisis. Chicago: Haymarket Books. ISBN 9781608465743
Spronk, Susan J. and Webber, Jeffery R.. 2014. Introduction – Systemic Logics and Historical Specificity: Renewing Historical Materialism in Latin American Political Economy. In: Susan J. Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber, eds. Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Political Economy. 79 Leiden: Brill, pp. 1-25. ISBN 9789004226173
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2014. Revolution against ‘Progress’: Neo-Extractivism, the Compensatory State, and the TIPNIS Conflict in Bolivia. In: Susan J. Spronk and Jeffery R. Webber, eds. Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Political Economy. 79 Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, pp. 302-333. ISBN 9789004226173
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2014. Crisis and Class, Advance and Retreat: the Political Economy of the New Latin American Left. In: Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois, eds. Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis. London: Pluto Press, pp. 157-168. ISBN 9780745334691
Webber, Jeffery R.; Bhattacharya, Tithi; Blanc, Eric; Doyle Griffiths, Kate and Weiner, Lois. 2018. Return of the Strike: A Forum on the Teachers’ Rebellion in the United States. Historical Materialism, 26(4), pp. 119-163. ISSN 1465-4466
Gordon, Todd and Webber, Jeffery R.. 2018. Canadian capital and secondary imperialism in Latin America. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, -1. ISSN 1192-6422
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2017. Contemporary Latin American Inequality: Class Struggle, Decolonization, and the Limits of Liberal Citizenship. Latin American Research Review, 52(2), pp. 281-299. ISSN 1542-4278
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2016. Idle No More: An Introduction to the Symposium on Glen Coulthard's Red Skin, White Masks. Historical Materialism, 24(3), pp. 3-29. ISSN 1465-4466
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2015. The indigenous community as “living organism”: José Carlos Mariátegui, Romantic Marxism, and extractive capitalism in the Andes. Theory and Society, 44(6), pp. 575-598. ISSN 0304-2421
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2015. Dual Powers, Class Compositions, and the Venezuelan People. Historical Materialism, 23(2), pp. 189-227. ISSN 1465-4466
Webber, Jeffery R.. 2014. Sabaneta to Miraflores: Afterlives of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. New Politics, 14(4), ISSN 0028-6494
Brabazon, Honor and Webber, Jeffery R.. 2013. Evo Morales and the MST in Bolivia: Continuities and Discontinuities in Agrarian Reform. Journal of Agrarian Change, 14(3), pp. 435-465. ISSN 1471-0358