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Denis O’Hearn was trained as an economist and sociologist at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 1988. He worked for a number of years in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he was Associate Professor, and at Queens University Belfast, where he was Professor of Economic Change. He has been Fulbright Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin and visiting scholar at several universities in the US, Europe and Japan. He has been on the Board of the Centro de Estudos Sociais in Coimbra, Portugal; the Board of Experts of the Esercizio di Valutazione Nazionale della Ricerca in Italy; the PEWS Council of the American Sociological Association; and the National Board of Advisers, Freedom University Georgia. He has been Visiting Expert Professor, Université de La Réunion; Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Bogazici University, Istanbul; Keough Visiting Fellow, The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame; Visiting scholar, Institute of Comparative Economic Studies, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan; Visiting scholar, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Coimbra, Portugal; and Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University College Dublin.
His scholarly interests are in the sociology of economic change, Marxian and anarchist political economy, imprisonment, and exilic societies. He has published extensively in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Politics & Society, British Sociological Review, and elsewhere. His biography of Bobby Sands, Nothing but an Unfinished Song has appeared in multiple English editions and in French, Basque, Turkish, and Italian. His books have received many awards including the International Award ‘Citta ‘di Cassino Letterature dal Fronte,’ Italy; the Alessandro Tassoni Prize, Italy; and the American Sociological Association PEWS Distinguished Scholarship Award.
His latest book, with Andrej Grubacic, is Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (University of California Press, 2016).
- Comparative Social Development
- Global capitalism, Local Responses
- Developmental States
- Theoretical Studies
- Prison Experiences
- Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (University of California Press, 2016).
- ‘Capitalism, Mutual Aid, and Material Life: Directions for Anarchist and Marxist Research,’ Capital & Class, 2016.
- Bobby Sands: Nothing but an Unfinished Song, second edition, with foreword by Mumia Abu Jamal (London: Pluto, 2016)
- Bobby Sands: Martxa Baten Lehen Notak (Bilbao: Txalaparta, 2015)
- ‘Mobilization Inside and Outside of Prison: the H-Block Protest,” in Lorenzo Bossi and Gianluca De Fazio, Social Movement Theories and the Study of the Northern Ireland Troubles, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016.
- ‘Trade, development, and inequality,’ in Stephen McCloskey and Gerard McCann (eds.), From the Local to the Global: Key Issues in Development Studies (3rd edition), London: Pluto, 2015.
- ‘Just another Bubble Economy (?)’ in Tom Inglis (ed.) Are the Irish Different?, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.
- Yarim Kalmış Bir Şarkı: Bobby Sands’in Hayatı ve Dönemi (Istanbul: Yordam Kitap, 2014)
- ‘Diaspora of Practice: Northern Irish Imprisonment and the Transnational Rise of Cellular Isolation,’ Breac, 1:1 (2013)
- ‘Взаимная помощь среди заключенных (Mutual Aid among prisoners),’ in Sbornik materialob IV mezhdunarodnykh Kropotkinskikh chtenii (Dmitrov: Dmitrovskii Kreml’, 2012)
- Bobby Sands: Jusqu’ au Bout, (Geneva: CETIM and Paris: Les Editions de l’Epervier, 2011)
- ‘What happened to the Celtic Tiger?’ Translocations: Migration and Social Change, 7:1 (Summer 2011)
- Il Diario di Bobby Sands: Storia di un ragazzo irlandese. 2010. Roma: Castelvecchi Editore
- ‘Repression and solidarity cultures of resistance: Irish political prisoners on protest’, American Journal of Sociology, 15:2 (September 2009).
- ‘Embodied perception and utopian movements: connections across the Atlantic,’ in David Lloyd and Peter O’Neill, Black and Green Atlantic, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- D’eirigh me ar maidin: Beathaisneis Roibeaird Ui Sheachnasaigh do Leitheoiri Nios Oige (Coisceim and Beyond the Pale 2006, with Laurence McKeown).
- The Atlantic Economy: Britain, the US and Ireland (University of Manchester Press, 2001). (Winner of the 2002 American Sociological Association PEWS prize for Distinguished Scholarship.)
- Critical Development Theory: Contributions toward a New Paradigm (Zed, 1999, with Ronnie Munck)
- Inside the Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economy and the Asian Model (Pluto, 1998)