Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Johanna K Bockman

Johanna K Bockman

Johanna K Bockman

Associate Professor

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

Professor Bockman is a specialist in economic sociology, sociology of globalization, and East European Studies. Her book Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism was published by Stanford University Press and was recently translated into Korean. 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.

She is now working on two projects. The first project is a reexamination of the 1980s debt crisis from the perspectives of the socialist 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.

The second project explores globalization, neoliberalism, and gentrification in southeast DC. She reports on this project on her blog Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6. She teaches urban sociology and is a founding member of the Cities and Globalization Working Group.

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.

She is the 2014-2016 president of the DC Sociological Society

Selected Publications

“Structural Adjustment,” Forthcoming in Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.

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

"Scientific Community in a Divided World: Economists, Planning, and Research Priority during the Cold War," Comparative Studies in Society and History 50 (July 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.

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, Spring 2015. Reviews of Markets in the Name of Socialism:

Courses Taught

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 712 - Contemporary Sociological Theory

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.