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.