Stephen A. Resnick
Born(1938-10-24)October 24, 1938
DiedJanuary 2, 2013(2013-01-02) (aged 74)
Academic career
InstitutionYale University (1965–71)
City College of New York (1971–73)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (1973–2013)[1]
School or
Marxian economics
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1960)
MIT (Ph.D., 1964)[1]
InfluencesMarx, Althusser, Balibar
ContributionsMarxian economics, economic methodology, class analysis

Stephen Alvin Resnick (/ˈrɛznɪk/; October 24, 1938 – January 2, 2013) was an American Marxist economist.[2] He was well known for his work (much of it written together with Richard D. Wolff) on Marxian economics, economic methodology, and class analysis. His work, along with that of Wolff, is especially associated with a post-Althusserian perspective on political economy.[3]


Resnick earned a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation was an econometric analysis of the European Common Market.[1] His early work (during his tenure at Yale University between 1965 and 1971) was with Stephen Hymer and focused on issues of economic development and international political economy.

After a brief period at the City College of New York (1971–1973), Resnick began teaching at the Economics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973. He began working with Richard D. Wolff in this period, and from then until Resnick's death they published numerous articles and books together, formulating a nondeterminist, class analytical approach. Topics included Marxian theory and value analysis, overdetermination, radical economics, international trade, business cycles, social formations, the Soviet Union, and comparing and contrasting Marxian and non-Marxian economic theories.

Resnick's work with Wolff took Louis Althusser and Étienne Balibar's Reading Capital as its point of departure and developed a very subtle reading of Karl Marx's Capital Volumes II and III in their influential Knowledge and Class. In Resnick's work, Marxian class analysis entails the detailed study of the conditions of existences of concrete forms of performance, appropriation, and distribution of surplus labor. While there could be an infinite number of forms of surplus appropriation, the Marxist canon refers to ancient (independent), slave, feudal, capitalist, and communist class processes.

In 1989, Resnick joined efforts with a group of colleagues, ex- and then current students to launch Rethinking Marxism, an academic journal that aims to create a platform for rethinking and developing Marxian concepts and theories within economics as well as other fields of social inquiry. He remained a member of the editorial board of the journal until 1994, and continued thereafter to serve as a member of the advisory board of the journal.

Resnick continued to teach graduate seminars and undergraduate courses and direct dissertation research in economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst until 2013. He received multiple teaching awards and taught classes in economic theory, economic development, and economic history. Resnick listed his primary research interests as Marxian theory and economic history and development.[1]

Resnick died on January 2, 2013, as a result of leukemia.[4]


Notable works of Stephen Resnick include:


See also


  1. ^ a b c d Resnick, Stephen A. "Resnick CV" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  2. ^ Okerman, Jeffrey (January 22, 2013). "UMass economics professor Stephen Resnick dies of Leukemia at age 74". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ Ozselcuk, Ceren (2009). "Post-Marxism After Althusser: A Critique of the Alternatives". Dissertation. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Stephen Resnick, professor of economics at UMass-Amherst, dies at age 74". 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2013-01-06.