URPE 2017 Steering Committee Candidate Bios/ Statements

There are five positions to fill this year- four regularly expiring vacancies (terms running Fall 2017- Fall 2020) and one to fill an early vacancy created by Matias Vernengo’s early resignation of his 3 year term in 2016. (The Steering Committee had appointed David Fields to fill that vacancy until we could have another election. David is currently running for election to fill the remainder of the term. If elected, his elected position will begin immediately and end in Fall of 2019.)

The highest number of votes will determine the outcome of the elections, separately, for both the 3 year terms and the special election to fill the vacant position (write in candidates are allowed).

Vote online here.

Armagan Gezici

I served on the URPE Steering Committee from 2009-2014 and was involved in organizing of URPE sessions at Eastern Economic Association, Left Forum and Summer Conference. I worked with graduate students in heterodox economics programs to enhance their participation in URPE activities. This year, I began serving as the coordinator for URPE sessions at ASSA annual meetings and I hope to continue in this role. I am an associate professor of economics at Keene State College in NH and a graduate of UMass, Amherst PhD program.  My current research project focuses on the profitability of the US non-financial corporations. URPE provides many heterodox economists with a community to fulfill ourselves as both academics and activists and I am committed to serving the organization in achieving this role.

Jared Ragusett

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Central Connecticut State University, where I teach courses in Political Economy, Marxian Economics, International Economics, and the History of Economic Thought.  I also teach a course on the Great Recession.  My research applies radical analysis to understanding urban sprawl, racial segregation, and the impact of the Great Recession on minorities.  I received my PhD in economics from UMass – Amherst in 2012, and have been a member of URPE for several years.  I have presented on URPE panels at the EEA and ASSA, organized and chaired a session at the ASSA, and contributed to RRPE as well as the new URPE Reader.  I have greatly benefited from these activities, and the feedback that I have received from URPE members.  I am running for this position in order to further promote the mission and initiatives of this critical organization.   

Paul Cooney

I am standing for reelection to continue serving on the URPE steering committee for another term. I have been a member of URPE since the early 1990s. I also served as a member of the Steering Committee from 2001-2004, and as previously, I am once again Treasurer and am willing to continue doing this as part of my steering committee duties. I obtained my PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in 1989. As of 2006, I had been working as a professor in an economics program (PPGE- Post-Graduate Program in Economics) in the Amazon of Brazil, UFPA- Universidade Federal do Pará, but have been working in Buenos Aires at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento since 2014. Much of my research over the years has focused on Latin America and the social and environmental impacts of neoliberal globalization. At present, I am finishing up a book studying the processes of deindustrialization and re-primarization in Argentina and Brazil in recent decades. I would like to continue working on the SC especially on several of our current projects I am involved with: the URPE Oral history committee, especially as we approach our 50th anniversary; another URPE Reader, and to continue to provide links between URPE and other heterodox political economy organizations in Latin America, such as SEP (Sociedade Brasileira de Economia Política) in Brazil and SEC (Sociedad de Economía Crítica) in Argentina, as well as with colleagues in Mexico.

Geoff Schneider

Brief bio: Geoff has been a member of URPE since the 1990s. He has taught Radical Political Economy, Principles, Comparative Systems, Development, Labor, and other political economy courses at Bucknell from 1995 to the present. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill under the supervision of Sandy Darity. He has a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University. Geoff has published articles in the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Journal of Economic Issues and several other heterodox journals in his primary research areas of Comparative Economic Systems, Economic Development (Africa), and Teaching and Pedagogy.

In terms of professional service, Geoff has served on the URPE steering committee since 2014. Prior to that, he helped to compile URPE film resources and syllabi from 2001-2008. He is currently Executive Director of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE). He served as Guest Editor for special issues of the Forum for Social Economics and the Review of Keynesian Economics on radical teaching and pedagogy. And, he has been a referee for numerous heterodox journals and a Board Member of several heterodox associations.

Statement: I plan to continue my work to augment URPE’s support for teaching and pedagogy, on a variety of levels. I will construct additional online teaching workshops, to complement those I have already completed and posted on the URPE web page. I will also continue offering teaching workshops and organizing panels on radical teaching and pedagogy at the ICAPE conferences the day before the ASSA meetings.

I will continue my work on expanding URPE’s presence into new conference venues. Via ICAPE, I will offer sessions to any URPE papers and panels that cannot be put on the regular ASSA program. I will also organize URPE sessions at the Western Social Science Association, possibly in conjunction with the Association For Institutional Thought. And, I will participate and assist in the organizing of other regional conferences.

 There is much regular work associated with the Steering Committee that I will continue to perform to keep the association strong. Time permitting, I also hope to organize a mechanism for generating and collecting radical teaching materials.

David Fields

David Fields' work centers on the intricacies concerning the interactions of foreign exchange and capital flows with economic development, fiscal & monetary policy, and distribution, with critical attention paid to the notion of endogenous money. His general research interests include (but not limited to) the following: Political Economy, International Political Economy/Finance, Economic Sociology, Macroeconomics, Money & Banking, Economic History, History of Economic Thought, and Social Theory. David is currently the Social Media Coordinator for URPE as well as the appointed member of the Steering Committee filling an early vacancy. He is a graduate student at the University of Utah.

Statement: Radical political economy exposes hidden complex social fractures that limit the capability of humans to safeguard social assets, social claims, and social ties requisite for sustaining an institutional nucleus for human survival. Hence, my goal is in embracing scholarship and activism that evinces the impingement upon the accruement and management of resources vital for catholic cogitation, and realization, of conscious desires for humans to reach their full potential.