Ovetz, Robert

Robert Ovetz, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science


Preferred: robert.ovetz@sjsu.edu


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


Robert Ovetz has a Ph.D. in sociology (political) from the University of Texas-Austin. He researches and writes about self-organized workers movements and the adjunctification of academic labor.

He has worked as a legislative aide for two members of the Texas legislature, was the executive director of the NGO Seaflow, and has worked as a policy advocate for other non-government organizations on debt, development, human rights and ocean conservation issues. a

In 2006, Robert led an international campaign that successfully lobbied the United Nations Law of the Seas Convention to implement the first global protections for endangered marine sea turtles from industrial fishing enshrined in international law.

Robert’s writings have been published widely in the academic, mainstream and alternative media as well as by the United Nations. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society. His publications can be found at: https://sjsu.academia.edu/RobertOvetzPhD

He is a lecturer in political science and teachers the non-profit management course in the Masters of Public Administration program at San José State University. Robert’s first book When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1924 was published by Brill (The Netherlands) in August 2018. His second book on global workers movements will be published by Pluto Press in the UK.

Robert lives in Marin County, California, USA, loves to ride his bike, bake, listen to loud music, and cheer at his daughter’s basketball games. He was a candidate for the College of Marin Board of Trustees in the November 6, 2018 election.


Robert's published writing can be found here. His first book When Workers Shot Back (Brill, 2018) can be found here.