Jonathan Diskin, Ph.D.

Emeritus professor of economics

Email:[email protected]

Department: Economics
Global Management
Peace and Global Studies
Public Policy

Program: Center for Social Justice
Arts and Advocacy applied minor
Law and Social Justice applied minor

Location: Landrum Bolling Center Room 336
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374

About me

I teach courses on Urban Political Economy and Marxism, two of my primary interests. I use the three cities nearest to Earlham — Cincinnati, Dayton, and Indianapolis — as case studies and sites for collaborative research with students. In Spring 2011, I took a break from the Midwest to lead Earlham’s semester abroad program, focusing on the development of capitalism in Britain.

I am also a frequent contributor to the peer-reviewed journal “Rethinking Marxism.” I apply my knowledge and continue to learn by serving on the board of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, a non-profit committed to affordable housing and inclusive community in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

As hobbies, I enjoy hiking and gardening.


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.A., Johnston College

Professional Memberships

Research projects

Collaborative student research experiences
Ford/Knight on Urban Development and Density in Indianapolis, Dayton, and Cincinnati, 2007.

Off-campus study experiences
Community Development in Cincinnati: May Term 2003.

The Development of Capitalism in Britain, London Off-Campus Program, January – May, 2011.

Published works

“Generating, Appropriating, and Distributing the Benefits of Cooperation: A Comparison of Views of Economic Community”, Conf. Presentation, Jan 4, 2014, URPE at ASSA (annual Economists Meeting).

“The Location of Appropriation”, forthcoming as a chapter in a book, Festschrift for Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff.

“How Subjectivity Brings Us through Class to the Community Economy”,  Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 25, No. 4, Oct. 2013, pp, 469-482.

“A Fragmenting Sense of the Market: Neo-Smithians in Philip Kozel’s Market Sense”,  Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 23, No. 4, Oct. 2011, pp,  453-460.

“From Communism to Capitalism: Rethinking the Boundaries of Class Analysis”,  Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 17, No. 4, Oct. 2005, pp,  551-558.

“Focusing and expanding class analysis”, Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 17, No. 1, Jan. 2005, pp,  1-8.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.