David Fasenfest

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor
ae5317@wayne.edu

Department

Sociology

Phone

313-577-2930

Fax

313-577-2735

Office

 3229 FAB

Biography

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 23 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 five 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 1.883; 5-year Impact Factor of 2.682), in 2000 was the founding editor for the book series Studies in Critical Social Sciences (published by Brill NL, with 220 books in print and 53 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 Ph.D.s and early career scholars (also published by Brill, with 14 books in print and 21 manuscripts under contract).

In addition to his general efforts to disseminate critical scholarship, for the past four years, he provides guidance and support to new Ph.Ds. and early career scholars through workshops on how to succeed in academic publishing given at institutes and universities in Japan, China, England and Germany.

Selected Publications

  • Marx Matters (ed.) Leiden: Brill

Forthcoming publications

  • The Emergence of Critical Sociology, in Clyde W. Barrow (ed) Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science, London: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Marxism or Economic Sociology, in Milan Zafirovski (ed.) Handbook of Economic Sociology, New York: Routledge
  • Fallacies of Neoclassical Economic Knowledge, in Fran Collyer (ed) Research Handbook for the Sociology of Knowledge, London: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • 海外全球学研究期刊的梳理与介绍 (Introduction to Global Research Journals), with Xiaoxiao Xie, Chinese Global Studies Review, Shanghai University, China
  • Megacities, in George Ritzer (ed). Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition, London: John Wiley & Sons
  • Sociology, (with Graham Cassano) in Beverley Skeggs, Sara R. Farris, and Alberto Toscano (eds) Handbook of Marxism, London: Sage
  • Global Poverty: A Marxian Analysis, (with Alfredo Saad-Filho) in ВОПРОСЫ
  • ПОЛИТИЧЕСКОЙ ЭКОНОМИИ (Problems in Political Economy), Moscow: Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences

Courses taught

  • Sociology 1020: Social Problems
  • Sociology 3050: Sociological Theory
  • 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

Research Description

His research interests center on urban sociology, race/class/gender, labor markets and workforce development, income inequality, and community economic development. During his 23 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 1.507; 5-year Impact Factor of 1.840), in 2000 was the founding editor for the book series Studies in Critical Social Sciences (published by Brill NL, with 180 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 8 books in print and 27 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.

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