Jeffrey Sommers

Professor and Chair
 Mitchell 215

Jeffrey Sommers has joined the REMESO, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University in Sweden as associated faculty. He will work on collaborative research with REMESO faculty that advances their research profile.


PhD, Northeastern University

Research & Teaching Interests

Research and teaching is conducted on the “spatial fixes” to crises of global capital accumulation. Further research to this end centers on the political economy of Africa’s (and its Diaspora) accelerated integration into new networks of accumulation. Other areas investigated are development studies, developmental states, international political economy and hegemonic transitions.

Selected Publications

Sommers, J. W., delices, p., & Race, Reality & Realpolitik: US/Haiti Relations in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. , 200. Lexington Press.
Sommers, J. W. (2014, May). The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model. Sommers, J. W., & Charles, W. (Eds.). , 182. London: Routledge Press.
Sommers, J. W. (2013, March). "Необходимость нового экономического и экологического порядка." "The Need for a New Economic and Ecological Order.". Мир перемен Global Change, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, 110-115.
Sommers, J. W., & Kagarlitsky, Boris (2011, June). Tides of Hegemonic Change: the Atypical Trajectory of the 1970s to Present B Phase Crisis. Political Economy on a World Scale: Essays in Memory of Andre Gunder Frank, 239-64. Routledge Press.
Sommers, J. W. (2011, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Report on Wisconsin: Bob LaFollette’s Resurrection. International Union Rights, The International Centre for Trade Union Rights, 18(1), 18-9, cont. 13.
Sommers, J. W., & Berzins, J. (2011). Twenty Years Lost: Entropy and Latvia in the Post Soviet World. Dale, G. (Ed.). First the Transition, then the Crash: Eastern Europe in the 2000s, 119-42. London: Pluto.
Woolfson, C., Thornqvist, C., & Sommers, J. W. (2010, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). The Swedish model and the future of labor standards after Laval. Industrial Relations Journal, Wiley-Blackwell, 41(4), 333–350.
Sommers, J. W. (2009, August). The Anglo-American Model of Economic Organization and Governance: Entropy and the Fragmentation of Social Solidarity in 21st Century. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 17(2), 127-142.
Sommers, J. W., & Woolfson, C. (2006). Labour Mobility in Construction: European Implications of the Latvian Laval and Partners’ Dispute with Swedish Labour. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 12(1), 49-68.
Sommers, J. W. (2003). Haiti and the Hemispheric Imperative to Invest: The Bulletin of the Pan American Union. Journal of Haitian Studies, 9(1), 68-94.

Other Resources:

Jeffrey Sommers’ Select Media Articles and Appearances

MPTV’s International Focus, May 13, 2014
The New York Times, February 24, 2014
Financial Times, June 21, 2012
The Guardian, September 16, 2011
CounterPunch, January 18, 2011