Ian J.
Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director
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  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • M.A., Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • M.A., Economics, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
  • B.A., Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Ian J. Seda-Irizarry is Associate Professor in the Economics Department and Graduate Program Director.

-He has written for semi-academic/popular outlets like New PoliticsClaridad, El Nuevo Día, Diálogo, 80grados, Jacobin, AbrePasoRevista Amauta, and teleSUR. Some of these writings can be accesed here.   -Served as economic advisor to the Partido del Pueblo Trabajador of Puerto Rico.   -Served on the editorial board of the journal Rethinking Marxism (2012-2018) and the internet magazine Herencia Latinaand is a founding member of the Asociación Puertorriqueña de Economía Política.   -Has served as refereee for the following academic journals and publishing houses:

Ambito de Encuentros, Antipode, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Centro: Journal of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies, Journal of Globalization and Development, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Pensamiento al Margen , Research in Political Economy, Rethinking Marxism, Review of Radical Political Economics, Revista Cuadernos de Economía, Routledge, Studies in Political Economy            

Courses Taught

Associate Professor Ian J. Seda-Irizarry teaches the following courses:

  • Eco 310: Economics in Historical Perspectives
  • Eco 213: Political Economy
  • Eco 101: Introduction to Economics and Global Capitalism
  • Eco 105: Understanding US Economics Data
  • Eco 405: Seminar in Economics, Capstone
  • Eco 405: Seminar in Economics, The Euro Crisis and Austerity
  • Eco 283 Special Topics, Political Economy of Development in the Caribbean
  • Eco 283: Special Topics, Economic History of Puerto Rico
  • Eco 713: Political Economy (MA)
Spanish, English
Scholarly Work

The Political Economy of Contemporary Puerto Rico (with Argeo Quiñones), in Burchardt et al (eds), (Post-) colonial archipelagos – Comparing the legacies of Spanish colonialism in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, University of Michigan Press: 113-127, 2022. A translated version was published as “La economía política del Puerto Rico contemporáneo,” (Post)colonialismo a prueba: Cuba, Puerto Rico y Filipinas desde una perspectiva comparada, Editorial Gedisa, Ciudad de México: 161-180, 2021.

The Self Inflicted Dimensions of Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis (with Argeo Quiñones), Journal of Latin American Perspectives, Vol 47 No 3, 87-102, May 2020.

Keeping Class in the Conversation in the Age of the 1% (with Geert Dhondt and Mathieu Dufour), American Review Political Economy, Vol 13 No 1, 2018.

Behind the Masks of Total Choice: Teaching Alienation in the Age of Inequality (with Geert Dhondt and Mathieu Dufour), International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Vol 9, No1/2, 36-49, May 2018..

Problematizing the Global Economy: Financialization and the ‘Feudalization’ of capital (with Rajesh Bhattacharya), in Burczak et al (eds), Marxism without Guarantees: Economics, Knowledge, and Class, 329-345, October 2017.  

The Use of Dichotomies in Introductory Economics (with Mathieu Dufour), Review of Keynesian Economics, Vol. 5, No 4, 519-532, October 2017.

Developing Heterodox Economics Curriculum: The Case of John Jay College (with Geert Dhondt, Mathieu Dufour, and Jay Hamilton), American Review of Political Economy, Vol 11, No 2, 126-136, September 2017.

La Feudalización del Capital en la Era de la Financialización (with Rajesh Bhattacharya), Ambito de Encuentros, Vol 10, No 1, 7-29, May/June 2017.

Primitive Accumulation (with Rajesh Bhattacharya), in Brenner et al (eds), Handbook of Marxian Economics, Routledge, 144-154, March 2017.

Wealth Extraction, Governmental Servitude, and Social Desintegration in Colonial Puerto Rico (with Argeo Quiñones), New Politics, Vol 15, No 4, 91-98, 2016.

Review of The Marxism of Manuel Sacristán: From Communism to the New Social Movements, by Renzo Llorente (editor), Capital and ClassVol 40, No 1: 212-214, 2016.

Una Fiera de la Vida: Pablo Rieznik (1949-2015)Hic Rhodus: Crisis capitalistas, polémica y controversia, Vol 5, No 9, 69-71, 2015.

Re-centering Class in Critical Theory: A Tribute to Stephen A. Resnick (1938-2013) (with Rajesh Bhattacharya), Review of Radical Political EconomicsVol. 27, No 4, 669-678, 2015.

Revisiting Resnick and Wolff’s Reading of Overdetermination Rethinking Marxism, Vol.25, No 3, 305-310, 2013.

Review of America Beyond Capitalism, by Gar Alperovitz, Capital and Class, 2013, Vol 37, No 2, 325-328.

Review of Global Economic Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, by David McNally, Ambito de Encuentros, 2013, Vol. 6, No 1. 

Review of Dirigentes y Dirigidos: para leer los Cuadernos de la cárcel de Antonio Gramsci, by Manuel S. Almeida, Rethinking Marxism, March 2012, Vol. 24, No 2, 324-326.

Crisis, Class, and Cooperatives: Some comments on the USW-Mondragón  alliance Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp 374-383, July 2011.

Review of Un resumen completo de el Capital de Marx, by Diego Guerrero, Cuadernos de Economía, 2011, Vol. 30, 2nd semester, No 55, 275-280.

Review of Reclaiming Marx’s Capital, by Andrew Kliman, Critique of Political Economy, 2011, Vol. 1.

The Role of Finance in the Latest Capitalist Crisis (with Özgür Orhangazi), in   Kawano et all eds., Solidarity Economy I: Building Alternatives for People and Planet. Center for Popular Economics, pp 65-74, June 2010.

Review of Capitalism Hits the Fan, by Richard D. Wolff , Cuadernos de Economía, 2010 Vol. 29, 1st semester, No 52, 237-243.

Review of New Departures in Marxian Theory, by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff, Review of Radical Political Economics, December 2009, Vol.  41, No. 4, 581-585.


Honors and Awards

2015     Distinguished Teaching Award, John Jay College (with Mathieu Dufour, Michelle Holder 

and Geert Dhondt)


2011     Political Economy Research Institute (PERI),UMass, Dissertation Fellowship


2005     Diversity Fellowship, University of Massachusetts