Board and Staff

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.
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at CUNY Graduate Center
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..
Democracy at Work
Long time Brooklyn-based organizer. A board member since January 2017, Samantha is the elected volunteer representative on the Left Forum board of directors. Samantha obtained her Masters Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Policy and Public Administration from Brooklyn College. She is a passionate advocate and organizer and much of her community work has focused on issues affecting youth and children; as a mentor and educator, she has been an advocate of educational opportunity for over 15 years. Since 2010, she has helped to coordinate multiple local Haitian relief efforts, as well as, served as a volunteer with the National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals. Though new to the board, Samantha has been a core left forum organizer for years. Having led efforts and initiatives in registration and volunteer coordination since 2013, she has been instrumental in the implementation of the recent artistic and operational developments of the LF conference
Left Forum
Associate professor of Economics at John Jay College-CUNY. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2006), her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia (1994), and her BA from Stockton College in Pomona, NJ (1992) all in Economics who specializes in economic justice, labor studies/economics, and gender. Cathy has over 35 years of worker activism, having been employed by the telephone company as a blue-collar worker in a non-traditional position where she was very active in her union, the IBEW, Local 827. She was also a member and official in the UAW while a graduate student at UMass, and she worked as a business agent for the NY musicians’ union, AFM Local 802 for two years. She is currently an active member of the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY (PSC-CUNY) where she served as a delegate in 10/10/11. Her scholarly work includes: Unions and Class Transformation: The Case of the Broadway Musicians, Transcending Capitalism Through Cooperative Practice and the Handbook of Marxian Economics..
John Jay College-CUNY
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.
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Cofounder and member of the Leadership Committee of the Take Back the Land Movement and a staff volunteer at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). After losing his job in 2001, he spent two years homeless on the streets of Miami and ten months in a New York City shelter. He eventually overcame homelessness and has been in the housing movement based in New York City since 2007. In the fall of 2009, Rob was chosen to be the New York City chairperson for the first ever; official mission to the US; of a UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing. He was a member of an advance team coordinated by the US Human Rights Network in early 2010; traveling to Geneva Switzerland several times to prepare for the United States initial appearance in the Universal Periodic Review. Rob has worked with homeless populations in Budapest Hungary and Berlin Germany and is connected with housing and land movements in South Africa and Brazil. He works with the European Squatters Collective, International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI); Landless People’s Movement (MST) and the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB), the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages in Spain (PAH) and is the coordinator of the USA Canada Alliance of Inhabitants sister organization to IAI.
Left Forum, North Star Fund
Richard D. Wolff is professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. He also teaches classes regularly at the Brecht Forum in Manhattan. Earlier he taught economics at Yale University (1967-1969) and at the City College of the City University of New York (1969-1973). In 1994, he was a visiting professor of economics at the University of Paris (France), I (Sorbonne). His work is available at rdwolff.com and at democracyatwork.info.
Democracy at Work; Left Forum