About Me

bio in brief

NAME: Joseph W.H. Lough

LOCATION: Berkeley, CA

OCCUPATION: Critical Social Theorist

SUBJECTS: Economics, Social Theory, History


  1. Tropi Rata (Tropes of War)
  2. Aristotle in America
  3. Efficiency
  4. Gymnasium in a Box
  5. History of Economic Thought

About Me 

I am a University of Chicago trained social theorist (Ph.D., 1999) lecturing in economic theory and history in the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley. My current research includes project leader for Tropi Rata (Tropes of War), an international academic collective exploring the unstable seam that extends from the Baltics, down through the Balkans, and extending south and eastward into the southern and eastern Mediterannean before flowing westward through Greece, Turkey, Afghanistan, and western China.

My Weber and the Persistence of Religion (London: Routledge), was published in 2006. More recently, I have published articles on politics and economics in Bosnia and Herzegovina and on the fate and future of American cultural studies.

I am actively involved in the ministry of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley, where I have served on Vestry and as chair of the Adult Formation Committee. I received the M.A. in Church History from Pacific School of Religion (1986), and a B.S. in History and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1983).

© Joseph Lough 2016