Johanna Bockman

Johanna Bockman

Johanna Bockman

Associate Professor

Globalization, neoliberalism, economic sociology, Eastern Europe, socialism and postsocialism, gentrification, Washington, DC

Professor Bockman works in globalization studies, economic sociology, urban sociology, and East European Studies. Her book Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism was published by Stanford University Press. In her research, Bockman uses comparative and historical methods, moving beyond studies of nation states to explorations of transnational trends, such as neoliberalism and the non-aligned movement.

Bockman is currently working on two projects. She is writing a book on displacement in Washington, DC, tentatively titled Just One Block: Race, Radical Politics, and Revanchism in Washington, DC. This project explores globalization, neoliberalism, and gentrification in southeast DC. She reports on this project on her blog Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 and is a founding member of the Cities and Globalization Working Group.

She is also writing a book on the 1980s debt crisis from the perspectives of the second and non-aligned worlds. This reexamination integrates the New International Economic Order (NIEO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Yugoslav economic advising in South America (Chile and Peru in particular), and the socialist origins of today's economic globalization. Her articles "Socialist Globalization against Capitalist Neocolonialism: The Economic Ideas behind the New International Economic Order" published in the journal Humanity (2015) and "The Struggle over Structural Adjustment: Socialist Revolution versus Capitalist Counterrevolution in Yugoslavia and the World" forthcoming in History of Political Economy are part of this project.

To fund research and writing, Bockman has received fellowships and grants from various institutions, including the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center, Mason’s Center for Global Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Selected Publications

“Removing the public from public housing: Public-private redevelopment of the Ellen Wilson Dwellings in Washington, DC,” Journal of Urban Affairs (2018), DOI: (If you can't access a free copy of this article, please email me:

Applying Post-Socialist Studies outside Post-Soviet Space: the Many Washington, DCs,” ASEEES Newsnet (March 2018).

"'Socialist Accounting' by Karl Polanyi: with preface 'Socialism and the embedded economy,'" Theory and Society 45(5)(2016): 385-427. Translated by Ariane Fischer, David Woodruff, and Johanna Bockman. Preface by Johanna Bockman. 

"Structural Adjustment,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2016).

"Home Rule from Below: The Cooperative Movement in Washington, DC." Pp. 66-85 in Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC. 2016. Routledge.

"Socialist Globalization against Capitalist Neocolonialism: The Economic Ideas behind the New International Economic Order," Humanity 6(1)(2015): 109-128. 

"Neoliberalism," Contexts 12(3)(2013): 14-15.

"The Long Road to 1989: Neoclassical Economics, Alternative Socialisms, and the Advent of Neoliberalism," Radical History Review 2012(112): 9-42.

“The Political Projects of Neoliberalism,” Invited Response to Loïc Wacquant’s “Three Steps to a Historical Anthropology of Actually Existing Neoliberalism,” Social Anthropology 20(3) (2012): 310-317. Hungarian translation in Fordulat 2012/2.

"Scientific Community in a Divided World: Economists, Planning, and Research Priority during the Cold War," Comparative Studies in Society and History 50 (2008): 581-613. Co-authored with Michael Bernstein.

"The Origins of Neoliberalism between Soviet Socialism and Western Capitalism: 'A galaxy without borders,"' Theory and Society 36(4) (2007): 343-371.

"Eastern Europe as a Laboratory for Economic Knowledge: The Transnational Roots of Neo-Liberalism," American Journal of Sociology 108 (2002): 310-352. Co-authored with Gil Eyal.

“Structural Equation Model of Customer Satisfaction for the New York City Subway System. Transportation Research Record 1735 (2000): 133-137. Co-authored with Kenneth Stuart and Mark Mednick.

Her book Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism was published by Stanford University Press. Korean translation by Geulhangari Press 2015. Reviews of Markets in the Name of Socialism:

Courses Taught

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs

GLOA 400 - Global Urban Studies

GLOA 605 - Research Methods

SOCI 303 - Research Methods

SOCI 320 - Social Structure and Globalization: Globalization in My Neighborhood

SOCI 320 - Social Structure and Globalization: Socialist and Capitalist Globalizations

SOCI 332 - The Urban World

SOCI 804 - Sociology of Globalization

SOCI 853 - Cities in a Global Society

In the Media

DC Sociological Society Annual Presidential Address, "Sociology in DC, Sociology of DC: Studying Gentrification," September 4, 2014.

C-Span BookTV interview, September 16, 2011.

Library of Congress lecture, "Yugoslav Socialism in Latin America," June 4, 2009.

Dissertations Supervised

Basak Durgun, Cultural Politics of Urban Green Spaces: The Production and Reorganization of Istanbul’s Parks and Gardens (2019)

Joshua Tuttle, Stewards of the Kingdom: Christianity and Neoliberalism (2019)