Ivan Ascher

Associate Professor
 Bolton Hall 640

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Office Hours

Fall 2022: Friday, 2-4pm.  Sign-up here

Bolton 640 (and on Teams)


PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

I specialize in modern political and social theory. My current research is on the continued relevance of Karl Marx and Max Weber for a critique of contemporary capitalism. I am also developing a new research project on the university in the age of neoliberalism.

Courses Taught

  • PolSci 382 – Modern Political Thought
  • PolSci 386 – Contemporary Political Theory
  • Karl Marx (Graduate Seminar, UMass)
  • French Theory (Graduate Seminar, UMass)

Selected Publications

Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction (Zone Books, 2016)

Finance and the Financialization of Capitalism” (co-authored article), in Albena Azmanova and James Chamberlain, eds. Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism: Critical Debates (Springer, 2022), pp. 71-97.

Democracy Distorted: Money and Politics” (with Marieke Louis) in Public Books, October 2020.

Who Will Save the Planet” (with Marieke Louis) in Public Books, October 2018.