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Jonathan Diskin
Professor of Economics; Co-Director of the Center of Social Justice

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

Jonathan is also a frequent contributor to the peer-reviewed journal “Rethinking Marxism.” He applies his knowledge and continues 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.

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 41



336 Landrum Bolling Center

Office Hours
M 1:30-3:30, T 9-11:00, W & F 2:30-3:30, and by appointment


  • Economics
  • Global Management
  • Peace & Global Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Center for Social Justice
  • Arts and Advocacy Applied Minor
  • Law and Social Justice Applied Minor


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

Selected Courses:

Urban Political Economy: spans from general theory to case studies of cities. Includes a research project.

Marxism: reading of Marx's texts, Capital in particular, and a look at how elements of Marxian analysis have been taken up in more contemporary social theory and movements.

"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.

Association for Economic and Social Analysis (AESA)

Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE)

Research with students:

Ford/Knight on Urban Development and Density in Indianapolis, Dayton, and Cincinnati, 2007.

Program Leadership:

Community Development in Cincinnati: May Term 2003.

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

Serve on the Board of the "Over-the-Rhine Community Housing" organization in Cincinnati.

Hiking and Gardening

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