Candidate Statements (PDF)

Ron Baiman is currently Assistant Professor of Economics in the MBA program at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL outside of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the New School, a B.Sc. in Math and Physics from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and studied for a year in the graduate Math program at UC Berkeley. He is a long-time URPE member and activist, having served on both the URPE Steering Committee (many years ago) and the RRPE Editorial Board (more recently).

He is author of two recent books: The Global Free Trade Error: The Infeasibility of Ricardo’s Comparative Advantage Theory (Routledge, 2017), and The Morality of Radical Economics: Ghost Curve Ideology and the Value Neutral Aspect of Neoclassical Economics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Much of the content of these books is based on past RRPE papers and Ed Board activity, including initiating and serving on three RRPE special issue collectives: globalization, financialization, and economic morality. Ron also co-edited and co-authored (with Heather Boushey and Dawn Saunders) an earlier collection of papers by URPE members, Political Economy and Contemporary Capitalism (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), which won an American Library Association Choice award for “Outstanding Academic Title.”

Ron has also done extensive research in federal, state, and local policy analysis, including: jobs infrastructure, trade, and election exit poll analysis and proposals (all at the federal level); minimum wage and budget analysis (at the state level); and financial transactions tax (“La Salle Street tax”), living wage, and Wal-Mart impact analysis (all at the local level). In addition to the RRPE, his academic work has been published in numerous heterodox and orthodox journals, including: Review of Black Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Statistica Applicata - Italian Journal of Applied Statistics, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, and Science and Society.

He is also founding member of the Chicago Political Economy Group (CPEG), and many of his policy analyses and blog postings can be found on the CPEG site,, as well as on the Dollars and Sense, and URPE, sites. As well as speaking on his own books, Ron has recently been leading a CPEG study group on Anwar Shaikh’s master work, Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises.

Ron would very much like to have the opportunity to more actively engage with fellow radical political economists by again serving on the RRPE Editorial Board.


Erdogan Bakir is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Bucknell University, where he has been teaching since 2008. Before joining Bucknell’s Economics department, he held a Swedish Institute postdoctoral scholarship at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Erdogan’s research is in the area of political economy and macroeconomics, with a focus on business cycles and the post-World War II U.S. economy. His work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Issues, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Science and Society, as well as in edited books.

Erdogan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He has served as referee for a variety of political economy journals. He would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the editorial board of the Review of Radical Political Economics. He especially looks forward to working with other board members to support the scholarly work in radical/critical political economy and to contribute to the development and dissemination of radical economic analyses.


Brigitte Bechtold has been on the RRPE editorial board for more than 15 years. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in econometrics, public finance, and statistics. She also completed the requirements for a mathematics degree, thereby acquiring the needed skills to review manuscripts that have mathematical models. She has been a member of the editorial collectives for three special RRPE issues, most recently for one devoted to issues in the European Union. She currently teaches in a Sociology department, and has become familiar with the relevant sociology literature, especially in postmodernism. Her own research has focused on minimum wages and on the economic causes underlying infanticide.


Sara Cantillon is Professor of Economics and Gender in the School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University and was Sheridan Memorial Scholar in the Economics Department at UMASS Amherst for the Fall 2016 where she taught two courses—one in Political Economy and one in Egalitarian Theory. Her main areas of research are intra household distribution, inequality, poverty and gender. She is approaching the end of her first three years serving on the RRPE Editorial Board and is seeking re-election. She has found the work inspiring, rewarding and enriching and has thoroughly enjoyed the collegial and intellectual environment of the Board meetings. She believes she has made a useful contribution in terms of reviewing papers, discussions, further development of the Journal and the work of URPE and in providing a European perspective. She believes the RRPE plays a crucial role in promoting heterodox/radical economic thought and would welcome the opportunity of continuing to serve for another term.


Ipsita Chatterjee grew up in a small town in the outskirts of Kolkata, India. Her daily commute to school in the passenger train contributed more to her education on poverty, geographical disparity, class/caste marginalization, and patriarchy, than her entire formal education. The toils of women loading vegetable baskets onto the trains, the territorial toils of hawkers trying to sell their wares while avoiding police altercation honed her interests around work, inequality, labor, and violence. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography at Clark University. Her research focuses on globalization, neoliberalism, bourgeois urban renewal, informalization of labor, and urban violence. Her book, entitled Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition (Sage), looks at neoliberalism and its spatial logic: gentrification through slum eviction. Her most recent book, entitled Religion, Landscape and the Dialectics of Globalization (Oxford, 2016), critically explores the cultural economy of globalization through migrant narratives of nostalgia, ethnocentrism, and theme park urbanism. Her articles have been published in Capital and Class; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Geoforum; and, Gender, Place and Culture among others.


Benan Eres worked as Associate Professor at the Department of Economics in the School of Political Sciences, Ankara University from 2005 until he was expelled from the university in February 2017. His areas of interest and study are Marxian political economy, political economy of competitive processes, and empirical class analysis. He has published articles in these areas primarily on the Turkish economy in journals like the Review of Radical Political Economics, Sosyo-Ekonomi, and Critique, as well as in book chapters of peer-reviewed volumes.

Benan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah, a B.S. in Economics as well as a minor in political science from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He has previous publishing experience, including: the final editorial reviewer of the first German-to-Turkish translation of Marx's Capital Volume III and other books at Yordam Publishing House; serving on the Editorial Board of A.Ü. SBF Dergisi, School’s official peer-review journal for two terms; serving as Special Issue (Crisis, Left and Political Power) Editor (with S. Bahçe) at the Mülkiye Dergisi, a peer-review critical social sciences journal attached to Alumni Organization; serving as a member of the collective editorial board of Mülkiye Dergisi, the working of which is very similar to RRPE's collective Editorial Board, since 2011 and as the Managing Editor of the same journal from 2013 to 2017, when he had to resign because he was banned from public service by the same state of emergency statutory decree by which he was expelled from the university.

Benan would greatly love the opportunity to serve on the RRPE editorial board and thereby work with other board members in the development and transmission of critical analyses of contemporary economic and political issues.


Don Goldstein has been on the RRPE Ed Board for many years, and hopes to continue. Retired from teaching for a couple of years, he finds he has more time and energy to devote to this work: Seeing new research from radical political economists younger and more established, longtime contributors and newcomers, US-based and from around the world, and helping them try to bring it to publication. RRPE plays an important role in encouraging work from a broad range of progressive perspectives, and he would like to see that continue. He would also like to see the RRPE keep working to encourage cross-fertilizing exchanges among POVs; he has been involved with colleagues in planning a “Debating Economics” section that should premier this year. This stuff is more important now than, perhaps, ever since URPE’s founding!


Julio Huato has been an URPE member since 1996 and has served on the URPE Steering Committee since 2009 (stepping down this year). He has participated under URPE’s banner in dozens of conferences and fora. He is an active radical scholar, committed to the development and promotion of a comprehensive, radical, and analytically rigorous critique of today’s conventional economics from a standpoint centered on the needs of the working people of the world. He is currently Associate Professor of economics at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a doctoral degree in finance and international economics from the CUNY Graduate Center, a master’s in economics from the New School, and a BA in economics from the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba. He is originally from Mexico.


Sergio Cámara Izquierdo is a full-time tenured Professor of Political Economy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico, where he has taught since 2003. He coordinated the Marxist economics component of the BS Economics degree during 2010–2014. Since 2014, he is Chief of the Society and Capitalist Accumulation Research Area. He is also member of the Academic Committee of the MSc and PhD program in Economic Sciences since 2016.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His research interests include applied political economy and the Marxian labor theory of value. He has been distinguished Level I of the National System of Researchers (CONACyT) and Teacher with Desirable Profile in the Program of Professors’ Development (PRODEP-SEP). His research has been published as articles and chapters of books in journals and editorials in United States, Europe and Latin America in English and Spanish, including the RRPE, where he published in 2007 and 2013.

Sergio has been actively involved in the foundation and/or development of the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Economía Política y Pensamiento Crítico (Latin American Association of Political Economy and Critical Thought) and its Mexican counterpart, and of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy, which has held seven annual conferences in Europe.

Sergio has served as member of the Editorial Board of Análisis Económico since 2014. He has also reviewed manuscripts for ten different journals in the Spanish language from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Spain. Sergio would be pleased to serve as a member of the RRPE Editorial Board in order to contribute to the development and diffusion of radical political economy. Among other things, he is confident that he can strengthen the links of the RRPE with other political economics associations and contribute to the internationalization of RRPE, enriching the influence and the quality of the journal.


Cathy Mulder is Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College-CUNY. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2006), her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia (1994), and her BA from Stockton College in Pomona, NJ (1992) all in Economics. Cathy specializes in economic justice, labor studies/economics, and gender issues. However, she takes an interdisciplinary approach in both her scholarly research and her teaching, uniting not only her specialties, but also concerns about the environment, politics, history, and is currently researching alternative business organizations internationally, among other specialties.

Cathy has over 35 years of worker activism, having been employed by the telephone company as a blue-collar worker in a non-traditional position where she was very active in her union, the IBEW, Local 827. She was also a member and official in the UAW while a graduate student at UMass, and she worked as a business agent for the NY musicians’ union, AFM Local 802 for two years. She is currently an active member of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY (PSC-CUNY) where she served as a delegate in 2010/11.

Her scholarly work is representative of her life experiences and includes two single-authored books, Unions and Class Transformation: The Case of the Broadway Musicians (Routledge), and Transcending Capitalism Through Cooperative Practice (Palgrave). The latter book consists of six case studies of alternative business structures ranging from the Green Bay Packers, to the London Symphony Orchestra, and a group of sex workers. Most recently she co-edited the Handbook of Marxian Economics (Routledge). She has also authored a number of peer-reviewed articles.

Cathy currently serves as President of the Association of Economic and Social Analysis (AESA), and also serves on the Executive Board of the Left Forum. Her most recent service undertaking is as inaugural Program Director of the Department of Economics’ new Master’s Degree. She has won several grants and will begin a position as a distinguished fellow at CUNY’s graduate center in the Fall 2017 semester. She also has experience as a peer reviewer for scholarly articles, books, and other types of writings. Cathy would be delighted to be a member of the RRPE editorial board.


Shaianne Osterreich was introduced to URPE in her graduate school days at the University of Utah, where she received her PhD in 2002. She is now Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Ithaca College, and has been on the RRPE Editorial Board since the mid 2000s. Her areas of interest are in international trade, foreign direct investment, political economy, globalization (neo-liberalism, etc.), feminist economics, poverty, and South East Asia. Being on the RRPE board offers an amazing opportunity to share in the project of advancing quality research on radical views on crisis, inequality, and new ways of thinking about economic questions. She has cherished her role on the board and values it as a way to stay active in conversations about the economic realities and narratives coming from our global community. She hopes in this next term to support the work that is being done to enhance the journal’s visibility. This is particularly important in an environment where resistance to the status quo of patriarchal-racist-global capitalism is growing and the journal can play an important role in disseminating cutting edge historical and current analysis that really contributes to global dialogues on these topics.