board and staff



ASHLEY ABBOTT is an organizer and activist. A board member since January 2015, Ashley is the elected worker representative on the Left Forum board of directors. She studied social work at New York University and is currently a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center. Over the past 5 years, much of her activist and organizational work has focused on housing justice, animal rights, and the fight against police brutality. Ashley is currently the Left Forum operations coordinator and has been with the organization since 2013. 

STANLEY ARONOWITZ is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center, where he is Director of The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He has taught at Staten Island Community College, University of California-Irvine, University of Paris, Columbia University, and University of Wisconsin. After working in metalworking factories in New York and New Jersey, Aronowitz became a union organizer for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union. He is Founding Editor of Social Text and Situations, was Book Review Editor of Social Policy, and serves on the Editorial Board of Ethnography; Cultural Critique. He has authored and edited 23 books, including False Promises (1973), Science as Power (1988), Roll Over Beethoven (1993), How Class Works (2003), Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of the Jobless Recovery (2005) and Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006). He edited and wrote the introduction for a 4-volume critical reception of C.Wright Mills (2004), and is currently writing a biography of Mills.

STEPHON BOATWRIGHT is a Ph.d fellow, on hiatus, at the CUNY Graduate Center in political science. Before organizing with the Left Forum, he was State Organizer of the New York State Socialist Party and an active campaigner with the Green Party and Syracuse Peace Council. He has been at the forefront of progressive causes, including Occupy Wall Street, mobilizing communities against the war in Iraq, and creating panels at Left Forum supporting Left unity. Beyond politics, Stephon is an avid mountain climber, hiker, and reggae music fan. He maintains a blog on adventure, travel, and environmental politics,

MARIA CARNEMOLLA is the Director of Digital and Social Media for Democracy at Work, a non-profit organization in New York City that develops and disseminates resources to generate, inform, advise, and sustain democratically organized enterprises.  Maria obtained her Masters Degree in Management from The College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey.  She has over 15 years of leadership experience working in Higher Education.  Maria has been attending the Left Forum for 20 years.  Her passion and enthusiasm for Leftism began in adolescence and continues to this day.  She currently lives in Woodland Park, NJ with her husband and two children..

KRISTIN LAWLER is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Her first book, The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism, was published by Routledge in 2011 and examined the politics of American surf culture during the twentieth century. She is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination; her work has been published there as well as in several edited collections, Z Magazine, and the digital forum of the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Lawler received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center and worked as a staff organizer for the PSC, the CUNY faculty union. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She is currently at work on her new book, Sabotage: A Political History.

ROB ROBINSON is a Special Adviser to the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights. He is  co-founder of the Take Back the Land National Movement and a member of the US Human Rights Network.  Rob spent two and a half years, homeless in Miami and ten months in a New York City homeless shelter. He eventually escaped his cycle of homelessness and has been in the housing movement in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be chairperson for the first ever official visit of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. Rob has worked with homeless populations in Budapest Hungary and Berlin Germany. He is connected with housing movements in South Africa and Brazil. He is a member of a social justice media collective which produces and airs a monthly radio show over WBAI in New York City called Global Movements Urban Struggles.

RICHARD D. WOLFF is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, the City University of New York, the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and the Brecht Forum in New York City. His publications, current research, and teaching concentrate on analyzing the global capitalist crisis and developing Marxian economic theory. In 2009, he produced a documentary film entitled Capitalism Hits the Fan and a book entitled Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. Together with his frequent co-author, Stephen Resnick, he also published New Departures in Marxian Theory (Routledge Publishers: London and New York, 2006) and Class Theory and History: Capitalism and Communism in the USSR (Routledge Publishers: London and New York, 2002). He serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism. His work can be accessed at

SETH ADLER, Conference Coordinator was a founder of the national Jobs With Peace Campaign and is a long time peace and justice activist. He taught courses in Sociology, Community Studies, and Political Economy at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at New College of California and now teaches Social Movements/Civic Participation at Pace. He recently received his Ph.D in sociology from UC Santa Cruz and his most recent published article is on unconscious politics, alienation on the left, and prospects for left unity. He was a single parent for many years and a jazz, classical and soul/rhythm & blues musician and composer.

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