Stanley Aronowitz

Stanley Aronowitz faculty photo
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Research Interests

  • Social and Critical Theory


  • Ph.D, Union Graduate School

Stanley Aronowitz has taught at the Graduate Center since 1983. He received his B.A. at the New School in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School in 1975. He studies labor, social movements, science and technology, education, social theory, and cultural studies and is director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the Graduate Center.
Aronowitz is author or editor of twenty-six books, including Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals (2012), Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters (2008), Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006), Just Around the Corner (2005), How Class Works (2003), The Last Good Job in America (2001), The Knowledge Factory (2000), The Jobless Future (1994, 2010), with William DiFazio, and False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness (1973, 1992).

Aronowitz is founding editor of the journal Social Text and is currently a member of its advisory board. Most recently, he cofounded Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination and serves as coeditor in the journal’s editorial collective. He also serves on the advisory board of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, and has sat on the editorial boards of Cultural Critique and Ethnography. He has published more than two hundred articles and reviews in publications such as Harvard Educational ReviewSocial PolicyThe Nation, and The American Journal of Sociology. Before coming to the Graduate Center he taught at the University of California–Irvine and Staten Island Community College (now the College of Staten Island). He has been visiting professor or scholar at University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Paris VIII, Lund University (Sweden), and Columbia University.