Jesse Goldstein, Ph.D.

Jesse Goldstein, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Founders Hall Room 205


2014 Ph.D. in Sociology, City University of New York (CUNY)

2006 M.A. in Politics, York University (Toronto)

Teaching Areas

Capitalism, Neoliberalism, Climate Change, Qualitative Research, Historical Materialism

Research Interests

Enclosure, Green Capitalism, Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Technology and Innovation


Jesse Goldstein is an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His new book, Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism (MIT Press) offers a critical assessment of entrepreneurial approaches to addressing environmental problems with new technologies. A new research project looks at student entrepreneurship in the university setting. He teaches courses on environmental sociology and political economy, and is involved in a range of artistic and activist projects.

Selected Publications

Goldstein, J. (2019). The Eco-Fascism of the El Paso Shooter Haunts the Techno-Optimism of the Left. Society and Space. Online.

Goldstein, J. (2018). Planetary improvement: Cleantech entrepreneurship and the contradictions of green capitalism. MIT Press.

Goldstein, J. (2018). Internalizing externalities, or the utopian contradictions of liberal environmentalism. Dialogues in Human Geography, 8(3), 355–358.

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