Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Bath

I am a critical theorist and political sociologist. My research focuses on the global politics of hope. I have a degree in Politics (University of Buenos Aires), and an MA and a PhD degree from Sociology( (University of Warwick). I published extensively on Argentine and Latin American politics, autonomy, subjectivity, labour, social and indigenous movements, emancipatory struggles and the politics of policy.

I was born in Buenos Aires. Prior to joining the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, at the University of Bath, I taught political sociology and sociology of work in Department of Sociology, at Warwick University. At Warwick, I was awarded an MA in Comparative Labour Studies and a PhD in Sociology. I also taught Politics, at the University of Buenos Aires, where I studied politics and public administration. Previously, I was trade union rep in the public sector and I studied architecture and drama studies for many years until the degree of politics was re-opened with the return of the democratic government in Argentina. At Bath, I teach classical sociology, political sociology, critical/Marxist theory, social movements and social justice, decolonial theory and the politics of the global south, especially Latin America.

I am an Open Marxist and my method of enquiry combines a critique of political economy with the philosophy of hope, politics, critical feminism, political sociology and decolonial approaches. My research is transdisciplinary and international. I am unhappy with conventional theories that are failing societies to flourish. I have published five books which have opened new interdisciplinary areas of critical research such as the radical politics of hope and the prefigurative critique of political economy. I am dedicated to theoretical innovation that has significant policy implications. At the centre of my research is the analysis of the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. I explore how their ‘concrete utopias’, i.e. the innovative forms of production and social reproduction that they are bringing about contest patriarchal, colonial and capitalist powers, how they are ‘translated’ by the state into the law and policy, and how they can move beyond the limits imposed to human flourishing by such powers, at a time when alternatives are urgently needed.

I am a member of the Editorial Board of Work, Employment & Society ad Sociology del Trabajo (Madrid). I was editor of the Sociology Special Issue 2014, editor of Capital & Class (200-2005) I am a Research Partner of the Transnational Institute's 'New Politics Project' (2016-2020) and Convenor of the international research networks 'Labour in Transition, beyond informality' and 'Women on the Verge'.

My main publications include 'The Labour Debate' (2002, co-edited with Mike Neary), translated into Turkish (2006) and Spanish (2009), 'La Ruta de los Piqueteros. Luchas y Legados' (2010), 'The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope' (2015) and the edited collection 'Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Political Sociology, University of Bath


  • 2002 
    University of Warwick, PhD Sociology