David Fasenfest

David Fasenfest

Associate Professor
Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London


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Curriculum vitae

David Fasenfest



Dr. Fasenfest received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984. His research interests center on urban sociology, race/class/gender, labor markets and workforce development, income inequality, and community economic development. During his 22 years as an Associate Professor at Wayne State University Dr Fasenfest has received several WSU internal grants and almost $5 million in external funding, has produced 5 edited volumes, written 29 refereed book chapters, 28 refereed journal articles, contributed 40 essays to academic journals, and has written entries in academic Handbooks and Encyclopedia. For the past 20 years he has edited of the journal Critical Sociology (SAGE UK, Impact Factor of 1.481), in 2000 was the founding editor for the book series Studies in Critical Social Sciences (published by Brill NL, with 164 books in print and 42 manuscripts under contract), and in July 2019 became the founding co-editor (with Alfredo Saad Filho, King’s College London) of the series New Scholarship in Political Economy to promote innovative scholarship by new PhDs and early career scholars (also published by Brill, with 21 manuscripts under contract). In addition to his general efforts to disseminate critical scholarship, for the past 3 years he provides guidance and support to new PhDs and early career scholars through workshops on how to succeed in academic publishing given at institutes and universities in Japan, China, England and Germany.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Urban Sociology

  •  Critical Sociology

  •  Marxist Sociology


David Fasenfest received a grant from the Institute of Social Theory and Dynamics, Hiroshima, Japan, to organize and participate in a 3 day workshop on the political economy of Japanese capitalism, Tokyo December 2019.  He received a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to participate in a workshop at the Norwegian National Technical University to present his work on constructing the research object, Trondheim October 2018. He was invited to participate in the Second World Congress on Marxism, Peiking University, Beijing May 2018. His work on research methods and proposal development was the focus of a grant from Shanghai University to participate in a 5 days seminar, Shanghai May 2017.  He continues to be invited to universities to offer workshops to graduate and early career scholars on academic publishing (most recently SOAS, London 2018; Shanghai University Shanghai 2018; King's College London 2019; University of Eastern London 2020; Loughborough University London 2020).


  • Ph.D. (Sociology) August, 1984, University of Michigan
  • M.A. (Sociology) May, 1982, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. (Chinese Studies) May, 1979, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. (Economics) May, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A. (Economics) June, 1971, City College of CUNY, New York

Awards and grants

  •  Lifetime Acheivement Award, Marxist Section, American Sociological Association, 2017

Courses taught

Sociology 1020 Social Problems; Sociology 6050 Classical Theory; Sociology 3220 Social Statistics; Sociology 3050 Sociological Theory; Sociology 2300 Inequality; Sociology 6280 Graduate Statistics; Sociology 6060 Contemporary Theory; Sociology 2100 Detroit; Sociology 8802 Urban Sociology; Sociology 5570 Race