Paul Prew
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Professor Paul Prew

Dr. Paul Prew’s research and personal interests all revolve around the growing concerns regarding the destruction of our environment. One of his latest publications appears in the Oxford Handbook of Marx. “Sociopoiesis: Understanding Crisis in the Capitalist World-System through Complexity Sciences” applies new understandings in social and physical sciences to comprehend the source of our looming ecological crisis. He has also recently published an intellectual biography of Karl Marx for a text called, Great Economic Thinkers. You can find a review here: “Explaining the Dismal Science.”

In the past, he has focused on how environmental threats are forcing changes in indigenous groups as well as in poorer nations around the world. To get a first-hand look at these issues, Dr. Prew has traveled to Ecuador to learn from an indigenous group, Sarayaku ( :, and struggles by other groups resisting environmental degradation and threats to their livelihood. He describes his experiences in this article, “Indigeneity and the Environment in Ecuador- A Past Participant Shares His Story,” on the Global Exchange Reality Tours Blog.   


2017 Global Education: Global Citizen

2017 Kessel Peace Institute: Kessel Peacemaker

2015 Institutional Diversity: Diversity Champion

2012 Outstanding Recognized Student Organization Advisor

Select Publications

Prew, Paul. 2019. “Karl Marx’s Communism and Critique of Capital” in Economic Theory and Globalization. Hoerber, Thomas and Alain Anquetil, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Prew, Paul. 2019. “Sociopoiesis: Understanding Crisis in the Capitalist World-System through Complexity Sciences” in The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx. Vidal, Matt. Tony Smith, Tom├ís Rotta, and Paul Prew, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sethuraju, Raj, Jason Sole, Brian E. Oliver, and Paul Prew. 2019. “Perceptions of Police Misconduct Among University Students: Do Race and Academic Major MatterRace and Justice 9(2):99-122. First Published 1/25/2017 DOI:10.1177/2153368716689709.

Courses Taught Regularly

Seminar in Sociological Theory (SOC 606)
2018 to 2019

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
2005 to 2020

Indigeneity and the Environment: Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Struggles (SOC 360)
2012, 2014 to 2019

Sociology of Globalization (SOC 430)
2011 to 2012, 2016, 2019

Sociological Theory (SOC 458)
2005, 2008 to 2012, 2017 to 2020

Select Public Articles

Prew Paul. 2017. "What Is the Relation between Theory and Practice, and Did Marx Discuss Engineering Society?  American Sociological Association Website.

Prew Paul. 2016. "Is Marx's Method Historically Contingent, and Is It Still Scientific?” Section of Marxist Sociology, Website.

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