Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Gregory Wilpert

Personal Data:

Birthdate:         June 5, 1965


1993                            Ph.D. in Sociology, Brandeis University, Waltham, U.S.A.  Title: Unemployment, Political Consciousness, and Civil Society in East Germany

1991                            Master of Arts, Sociology, Brandeis University, Waltham, U.S.A.

1988                            Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Sociology Major (with departmental honors), University of California, San Diego. (GPA 3.7/4.0)


Employment History:

2008-present  Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn College, Graduate Center for Worker Education, Political Science Department, New York, NY

2010-2011       Project Coordinator of Venezuela Projects for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

2003-present  Editor of, English-language website dedicated to providing in-depth information on current developments in Venezuela

2002-present  Freelance writer and journalist, various magazines and journals, such as New Left Review, NACLA Report, Z Magazine, Radio France International, and Free Speech Radio News from Caracas, Venezuela

2000-2002       Visiting Fulbright Lecturer and Scholar, Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

1995‑2002       Adjunct Professor, New School for Social Research, New York, NY (1995-2000 in person, 1995-2002 online)

1998-2000       Business Manager, Commonweal Magazine, New York, NY

1998                            Adjunct Professor, Sociology Dept., Mt. St. Vincent College, Riverdale, NY

1997                            Adjunct Professor, Sociology Dept., Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY

1995-1996       Adjunct Professor, Sociology Dept., Marymount Manhattan College, New York

1994                            Researcher, Project on Technology and the Family, Berlin Institute for Social Research, Berlin, Germany

1988-1991       Teaching Assistant, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

1989                            Research Assistant, with Prof. Andrei Markovits, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Areas of Specialization:

Contemporary Social and Political Theory, Sociology of Globalization and Development, Political sociology, Venezuelan Society, Latin America, German Society, U.S. Society, and Qualitative Methods



2000-2001          Fulbright Scholar Grant for Venezuela

1991-1992   German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 20-month dissertation research grant.


Language Skills:

English and German (native), Spanish and French (fluent)


Professional Associations/Memberships:

American Sociological Association

NACLA Report on the Americas Editorial Board




Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chavez Government, published by Verso Books in 2007, translated into Spanish as: La Transformación en Venezuela: hacia el socialismo del siglo XXI, traducción actualizada de Changing Venezuela, published in 2010 by Monte Avila editores


Edited Books

Coup Against Chavez in Venezuela: The Best International Reports of What Really Happened in April 2002. Published by the Fundación Venezolana para la Justicia Global, May 2003 in Caracas, Venezuela

The Best of, published by Lulu publishers, 2005


Academic/Peer Reviewed Publications

“Venezuela: An Electoral Route to 21st Century Socialism?” book chapter forthcoming in 2011 in: The Resurgence of Latin American Radicalism: Between Cracks in the Empire and an Izquierda Permitida, edited by Jeffery R. Webber and Barry Carr, Rowman Littlefield

“Venezuela’s Experiment in Participatory Democracy,” (2011) book chapter in: The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez, edited by Jonathan Eastwood and Thomas Ponniah, Harvard University Press.

“Venezuela’s Oil-Based Development” (2009) book chapter in: Confronting Global Neoliberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies, edited by Richard Westra, Clarity Press

“Chavez, Hugo and the Bolivarian Revolution, 1998-present” (2009) encyclopedia entry in: The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, edited by Immanuel Ness, Blackwell Publishing

“Venezuela, Caracazo, popular reactions against neo-liberalism and the ascendance of Chavez, 1989-1998” (2009) encyclopedia entry in: The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present, edited by Immanuel Ness, Blackwell Publishing

“Chavez’s Venezuela and 21st Century Socialism” (2007) in: Research in Political Economy, Volume 24, 3–43, New York: Elsevier

“Land Reform in Venezuela” (2006) book chapter in Promised Land: Competing Visions of Agrarian Reform, edited by Peter Rosset, Food First Books

“Venezuela: Participatory Democracy or Capitalism as Usual?” (2005) in Socialism and Democracy, Vol.19, No.1, March 2005, pp.7–32

“Revolutionary Cadre Politics and Terrorism” co-authored with Andrei S. Markovits and Philip S. Gorski, in: Andrei S. Markovits and Philip S. Gorski (1993), The German Left: Red, Green, and Beyond. New York: Oxford University Press


Academic Presentations

“Subverting Media Subversion in Venezuela”, conference presentation at the annual conference of the Union for Democratic communications, May, 2006, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA

“The Meaning of 21st Century Socialism in Venezuela,” talk given at the Havens Center, University of Madison-Wisconsin, April 12, 2006

Conference presentations on Venezuela in London (Oct. 28, 2006), Duisburg (Oct. 29, 2006), Brussels (Dec. 9, 2006), and Berlin (Dec. 18, 2006, Heinrich Böll Stiftung)

“Venezuela: Participatory Democracy, State Socialism, or Capitalism as Usual?” talk given at the 2004 URPE (Union of Radical Political Economists) Summer Workshop/Retreat, Bantam, CT, June 4-7, 2004

“Venezuela’s Private Mass Media as Political Opposition,” talk given (in German) at the conference “Venezuela und die europäische Perspektive” in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2004

“Kritisch-integrale Gesellschaftstheorie und die sozial-ökologische Selbstorganisation der Gesellschaft“ (Critical-Integral Social Theory and the Social-Ecological Self-Organization of Society) (2002) paper presented at Bahro-Tagung, June 21, 2002 in Berlin, at the Humboldt Universität. Reprinted in: Vorarbeiten zur Transmoderne: Ansätze für eine sozial-ökologische kritische Theorie. Edited by Maik Hosang. Berlin: RLS Verlag

“From State-Socialism to the Welfare State: The Changing Private-Public Divide in East Germany” (1994) presented at the Political Culture session of the August 5-9, 1994 American Sociological Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA


Other Major Publications

“Venezuela’s Revolution Checked” Le Monde Diplomatique, January, 2008

“Venezuela’s ‘Other Path’” Dissent, Spring 2005

“Recall or (Re)Vindication for Chávez?” NACLA Report on the Americas, March/April 2004

“Community Airwaves in Venezuela” NACLA Report on the Americas, Jan/Feb 2004

“Collision in Venezuela”, in: New Left Review. May/June 2003

“Un Tercer Lado Para Venezuela”, in Question, February 2003 (published together with the Venezuelan edition of Le Monde Diplomatique), in English: “A Third Side for Venezuela,” (

“Coup in Venezuela: An Eyewitness Report” April 12, 2002, Z Magazine website ( Reprinted in English at and numerous other websites. Reprinted in German in Die WochenZeitung and other websites and publications. Reprinted in Spanish at

“An Imminent Coup in Venezuela?” April 10, 2002, Z Magazine website ( Reprinted in English at and numerous other websites. Reprinted in German in Die WochenZeitung and other websites and publications. Reprinted in Spanish at

“Integral Politics: A Spiritual Third Way,” first published in Tikkun, Jul/Aug 2001, revised version reprinted in: AQAL: Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, Vol. 1, No. 2, part 2

“Opposition to the IMF and the World Bank in the U.S.” (1997) talk given to the plenary session of the conference, “The Foreign Debt and the End of the Millenium” in Caracas, Venezuela, July 10 ‑12, 1997

Plus hundreds of news and analysis articles, mostly published in, 2003-2008



2 Responses to “Curriculum Vitae”
  1. carlwingo says:

    Mr. Wilpert,

    I just finished your article in today’s Counterpunch on whether progressives can have an impact on the US political system and am in agreement with all the points you make. I was particularly pleased to see that you devoted some time to the lack of proportional representation and the deadly effect of the senate on US politics. In the second paragraph of that article, you made a reference to it’s being the second (part) of your reflections on the current US political scene – where can I find the first part? I looked through the last 3 months of Counterpunch and didn’t see it. I’d appreciate the opportunity to get a link to where it’s posted or a copy.


    Carl Wingo
    Columbia, Missouri

  2. gregwilpert says:

    Yes, Counterpunch did not include the links in my article. You can find it here and on ZNet.

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