Jason W. Moore

Jason W. Moore is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University, and Coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the long sixteenth century to the neoliberal era. His research has been recognized with many international awards.


  • Speculative Aesthetics: Freeports as the Art Caves of High Finance

    The Verso Prize for Cultural and Critical Studies is a new prize for the top student graduating from Birkbeck’s MA Cultural and Critical Studies. The inaugural prize has been awarded to student Neil Fitzgerald, for submitted work that was described as “truly exceptional” by the external examiner, who continued: “The dissertation is especially noteworthy and is possibly the best I have read in my career. By turns, bold, original, informed, and beautifully written, the project explores the question of whether human extinction, in the context of the Anthropocene, can be thought and mapped, forging in the process a speculative aesthetics to render sensible what is determined as a ‘supersensible event’.” Speculative Aesthetics: Freeports as the Art Caves of High Finance is a selection from the winning dissertation.

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  • Capitalism in the Web of Life wins Political Economy of World Systems Book Award

    The American Sociological Association has announced that Jason W. Moore’s book Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital has won the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System Book Award. 

    The PEWS Book Award is given annually to the leading text on the relationship between local and global social, economic, and political processes, whether of historical or contemporary significance. This marks the second time in three years that a Verso book has won this award, with Vivek Chibber’s acclaimed Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital winning the title in 2014.

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  • Steffen Böhm: The Paris Climate Talks and other Events of Carbon Fetishism

    As part of our series looking critically at climate change and the ongoing COP21 talks in Paris, Steffen Böhm, Professor in Management and Sustainability at the University of Essex, argues that the limits of the current negotations result from the current "carbon fetishism", in which even emissions are commodified in an event to maintain the economic status quo.

    While many people are still hopeful that the current UN climate talks in Paris will produce a strong, path-defining agreement, experts have already warned that the carbon-cutting commitments submitted by countries in the run-up to Paris fall far short of what is required to prevent global warming beyond the 2 degrees mark. To make matters worse, the US has already unilaterally declared that any Paris deal won’t be legally binding.

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