Aaron Benanav

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Core: Power, Identity and Resistance
Co-Chair, Society of Fellows

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Aaron Benanav studies the 19th- and 20th-century history of capitalism in Europe and the wider world. His research focuses on times when massive social changes, rising out of the economy, spill out of the control of policymakers and engender movements for reform and revolution. Aaron is particularly interested in the high-tide of social democratic programs in the post-WWII era, as well as the limits those programs encountered in later decades when unemployment, rising inequality, and deep economic crises made dramatic returns to the world stage.

Currently, he is completing a book titled A Global History of Unemployment, since 1949, which is under advance contract with Verso. This book details the troubled history of unemployment as a conceptual framework and key statistic for measuring worklessness in the world economy.

Aaron is also working on two other projects. One concerns the role landed elites have played in 20th century histories of economic development. The other looks at the history of socialism in the twentieth century in relation to patterns of industrialization and deindustrialization. 

Aaron received his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2015. His work has appeared in print in South Atlantic Quarterly and the New Left Review and online at Viewpoint Magazine and on the Verso Blog.