Dr. Murray Smith

Faculty of Social Sciences - Department of Sociology

Dr. Murray Smith

Information for Graduate Students


Department of Sociology
Brock University
e-mail: msmith@brocku.ca
office: AS 408
phone: 905 688-5550 ext. 4370

PhD, University of British Columbia
MA, University of Manitoba
BA, University of Manitoba

Courses Recently Taught

SOCI 2P32: In and Out of Work in the Global Economy
SOCI 3P00: Early Modern Social Theory
SOCI 3P36: Critical Issues in Contemporary Society
SOCI 3P66: Social Movements
SOCI 4P02: Selected Topics in Social Theory


See Research Page for publications and current research projects


Murray E.G. Smith obtained his BA and MA from the University of Manitoba and his PhD from the University of British Columbia. His principal research and teaching interests are in the areas of theoretical and international political economy, classical sociological theory, Marxist theory, social movements, and the sociology of health and illness. He has published articles in the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Studies in Political Economy, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Science and Society, the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Brock Review, Rethinking Marxism, Historical Materialism, and Labour/Le Travail. His most recent book is Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System (Fernwood Publishing, 2010). He is the author of Invisible Leviathan: The Marxist Critique of Market Despotism beyond Postmodernism (University of Toronto Press, 1994) and the editor of Early Modern Social Theory: Selected Interpretive Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 1998). He is the co-author (with Judith Blackwell and John Sorenson) of The Culture of Prejudice (Broadview Press, 2003). Professor Smith is interested in working with graduate students pursuing research in the following areas: Marxist political economy, comparative social theory, dialectical methodology, theories of capitalist crisis, revolutionary social movements (past and present), and Marxist class analysis and political strategies.