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Richard Lachmann is the author most recently of States and Power (Polity 2010) and What Is Historical Sociology? (Polity 2013). He currently is writing a book entitled First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Privilege and the Decline of Great Powers, 1492-2015 which examines the decline of dominant economic and military powers in early modern Europe and the contemporary United States. He also is researching media coverage of war deaths in the United States and Israel from the 1960s to the present.


  • 1990–present
    Professor, University at Albany


  • 1983 
    Harvard, PhD


  • 2014
    From Consensus to Paralysis in the United States, 1960-2012, Political Power and Social Theory
  • 2013
    What is Historical Sociology?, Polity
  • 2010
    States and Power, Polity
  • 2000
    Capitalists in Spite of Themselves, Oxford