Richard McIntyre

  • Professor
  • Chafee 802
  • Phone: 401.874.4126
  • Email:
  • Office Location: Spring 24 Office Hours: M, W, 2:30-3:30, and by appointment
    802 Chafee Social Science Center or
    University of Rhode Island
    Kingston, RI 02881


I am Professor of Economics and also teach in the International Studies and Diplomacy BA program. I am on the advisory board for the Schmidt Labor Research Center and the URI Global Ed Steering Committee. I was economics department chair from 2015-2020, Associate Director of the URI Honors Program from 2003-2006, and Director from 2006-2013. From 2015-2020 I co-directed URI Study Abroad programs in Cuba. I edit the New Political Economy book series for Routledge Press  

My current working papers include “Class Conflict” with Michael Hillard, forthcoming in the Routledge Reader on Radical Political Economy, a chapter from a book we are working on. I will present work on “Financialization and US capitalist class exceptionalism” and “teaching technological unemployment through role play” at the Eastern Economics Association meetings in Boston this March.

In Spring 24 and in Summer I, I am teaching ECN 358, Globalization and National Economies. In Fall 24 I will teach ECN 305, Competing Economic Traditions, and a course to accompany the URI Honors Colloquium on “Democracy in Peril.” I received the URI Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997.

I have lectured at the University of Le Havre, Euromed Marseille École de Management (now KEDGE Business School), Novgorod State University, the Université de Lyon II, and École Normale Superieure de Cachan (now École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay), where I was a visiting research professor Sept.-Dec. 2002, as well as at many universities and colleges in the US. I was in residence as the holder of the “Chair of the Americas” at the Institut des Ameriques-Rennes, University of Rennes 2 in Spring 2017.

I live in Wakefield RI with my wife Deborah Barber. We have five children and ten grandchildren.


History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Contemporary Heterodox Economics; International Economics; Labor-Management Relations and Labor Standards; Economic History


Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts, 1989

BA, Economics and Political Science, University of Rhode Island, 1979

Selected Publications

Recent (since 2008) and Selected Publications


Knowledge, Class and Economics: Marxism without guarantees. Edited and with contributions by Ted Burczak, Robert Garnett and Richard McIntyre, Routledge, 2018

Are Worker Rights Human Rights? (2008, University of Michigan Press.)



“Stakeholderism: the folly of a kinder, gentler American capitalism,” with M. Hillard, New Labor Forum. 32:1. Winter 2023

“Democratic Socialism,” 2023. Rethinking Marxism. 35:1, 24-35.

“New Directions in Public Housing: What Works, What Doesn’t” with S. Pearson-Merkowitz, for South Kingstown Housing Authority and RI Foundation, 2023.

“Labor standards, factory inspection, and fast fashion” in The Fashion Reader, 3rd edition. London: Bloomsbury, 2021

“The Development of Social Economy in France since 1945.” Forum for Social Economics. 2018. 47:2, 253-261.

“Marxian Theories of the Labor Process: From Marx to Braverman” and “Marxian Labor Process Theory Since Braverman”, in Handbook of Marxian Political Economy, edited by Brennan, Kristjianson-Gural, Mulder, and Olsen. London: Routledge, 2017. 180-197

“Labor Militance and the New Deal: Some Lessons for Today,” in Sheila D. Collins and Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Capitalist Class Agency and the New Deal Order: Against the Notion of a Limited Capital-Labor Accord” with Michael Hillard, Review of Radical Political Economics, 45:2, June 2013, won best article award for volume 45 .

“Radical Labor Economics, Labor History, and Employment Relations: The State of the Conversation” Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, 9:4, Winter 2012

“From Workers Rights to Workers Appropriation: Response to Joseph McCartin,” International Labor and Working Class History, 80 Fall 2011: 197-202

“Shopping avec Octave,” in A-P Durand, ed. Frederic Beigbeder, Cahiers de recherche des instituts néerlandais de langue et de littérature française, 2008