Aaron Benanav



Department of Sociology, Syracuse University


Aaron is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University. His first book, Automation and the Future of Work, appeared with Verso in 2020 and has been translated into 10 languages. Aaron’s writing has been featured in the Nation, Guardian, New Statesman, Boston Review, and New Left Review. His research interests include technological change, unemployment, economic development, critical theory, and alternative economic systems. Currently, he is working on two book projects. One concerns the idea of a “post-scarcity” economics. The other examines the global history of unemployment. Before joining Syracuse University, Aaron was a member of the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in History from the University of Chicago. Aaron serves on the editorial board of the New Left Review and is a senior editor at International Labor and Working Class History.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Aaron is involved in the Beyond Capitalism: War Economy and Democratic Planning program. He will join us in the fall term of 2024.


A Dissipating Glut?, in: New Left Review, 2023

The revolution will not be brought to you by ChatGPT, in: New Statesman, 2023

Socialist Investment, Dynamic Planning, and the Politics of Human Need, in: Rethinking Marxism 34, 2, 2022

How to Make a Pencil, in: Logic Magazine 12, 2020

Automation and the Future of Work, Verso Books, 2020

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