Peter Ranis is Professor Emeritus in the Ph.D. Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been a member of the graduate faculty since 1988, a York College Professor since 1968 and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies between 1983-1988. Previously he taught at the University of New Mexico and SUNY, Stony Brook. He received his BA from Brandeis University, did graduate work at the University of Washington and UNAM in Mexico and received his Ph.D. from New York University. He was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution under Dankwart A. Rustow. He has been a recipient of three Fulbright awards, a Fulbright Professorship at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, an OAS Fellowship to Mexico, a Social Science Research Council grant, and an International Educational Exchange grant to Berlin.
Professor Ranis’s research interests include the political economy and labor studies in Argentina, Cuba, Latin America and the United States. He has over 70 publications in various areas of Western Hemisphere social science. He has published four books, among them Clases, Democracia y Trabajo en la Argentina Contemporánea: Los Valores de los Trabajadores del Gran Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Corregidor, 1997);Class, Democracy and Labor in Contemporary Argentina (Transaction Publishers, 1995); and Argentine Workers: Peronism and Contemporary Class Consciousness (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Desarrollo Económico, Latin American Politics and Society, Labor Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Socialism and Democracy, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Current History, Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Journal of Caribbean Studies, Society, Civilisations, Polity and New Political Science.
Currently Professor Ranis is examining the role of alternative labor movements in civil society. He is studying the recuperated enterprise and factory movements and producer cooperatives in Argentina. Within the United States, he is exploring the potential uses of eminent domain and cooperatives as a labor strategy in defense against working class unemployment and poverty. Between 2004 and 2007, he has presented papers on these topics at the Congresses of the Latin American Studies Association, Columbia University’s Seminar on Latin American Studies and Seminar on Globalization, Labor and Popular Struggles, and the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has also given papers at SUNY-Stony Brook’s “How Class Works”, The Left Forum at Cooper Union, at the CUNY Worker Education Center, and at the Primer Encuentro Internacional de la Economía de los Trabajadores: Autogestión y Distribución de la Riqueza in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ranis’s latest publications include “Eminent Domain: Unused Tool for American Labor?” in Working USA: the Journal of Labor and Society, Vol. 10, no. 2 (June 2007); “Revolt against Neo-Liberalism: Argentina’s Factory Takeovers” in Labor Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Vol. 3, no. 1 (Spring 2006); “Learning from the Argentine Worker: To Occupy, to Resist, to Produce” in Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Vol. 1, no. 2 (Winter 2006); and “Argentina’s Worker-Occupied Factories and Enterprises” in Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 19, no. 3 (November 2005).