Jeb Sprague Curriculum Vitae

    Curriculum Vitae: 


    UVA E-mail: js6hc[at]virginia[dot]edu


            2015 Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

            2011 M.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. 

            2008 M.A. International Political Economy (IPE), University of Manchester, UK. 

            2007 M.A. History, California State University, Long Beach, USA. 

            2004 B.A. History, California State University, Long Beach, USA.

    Academic Positions

              2019                    Lecturer, Sociology, University of Virginia.

              2016-201          Lecturer, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.   

              2018                    Summer lecturer, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan.

              2017                       Summer lecturer, Ensitit Travay Sosyal & Syans Sosyal, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

              2016                    Summer lecturer, Qingdao University, China.

    Teaching and Research Areas

    Globalization and transnationalism, global political economy, social change, global inequalities/stratification, global south, human rights, labor studies, economic and political sociology, development, social theory, race and class, comparative historical sociology, comparative politics, social psychology, and world history.

    Courses Taught:

    Sociology of Globalization, Social Problems, Political Sociology, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Foundations on Modern Social Theory, Sociology of the Caribbean, Introduction to Sociology, International History 1945 to Recent, US. History 1900 to Recent, Social Psychology, Classical Sociological Theory, and Global Race and Ethnic Relations.

    Sole-authored Books & Manuscripts

                2019    Globalizing the Caribbean: Political economy, social change, and the transnational capitalist class (Philadelphia, USA: Temple University Press), 348 pages. In Press.

                2012     Paramilitarism and the assault on democracy in Haiti (New York City, USA: Monthly Review Press),  400 pages. Reviewed in: Al Jazeera, Choice, Haiti Then and Now, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Journal of World-Systems Research, Inter Press Service, New Political Science, New West Indian Guide, Race & Class, Social Movement Studies, The Bullet, WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, & Znet.

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    Edited Volumes

    2016    Globalization and transnational capitalism in Asia and Oceania. (Abingdon, UK: Routledge), 322 pages.   Reviewed in: Critical Sociology,  Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Australian Political Economy, Journal of World-Systems Research.


    Refereed Journal Articles

              2018    "Global Capitalism in the Caribbean," NACLA Report on the Americas, Vol. 50, No. 2, P. 139-147.  French and Spanish Translations.

              2018     "Global Capitalism, Haiti, and the Flexibilization of Paramilitarism,"  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 4, P. 747-768. [A greatly altered earlier version of this article appears in French in América Latina en movimiento]

              2017     "The Caribbean Cruise Ship Business and the Emergence of a Transnational Capitalist Class," Journal of World-Systems Research, Vol. 23, No. 1. P. 93-125.

              2017     "The Transnational Capitalist Class and Relations of Production in Asia and Oceania," Research in Political EconomyVol. 32, P. 133-158.

              2015     "From International to Transnational Mining: The Industry's Shifting Political Economy and the Caribbean," Caribbean Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1. P. 71-110.

    2012     “Paramilitaries in Haiti,” Monthly Review, Vol. 64, No. 4. P. 24-36.  Expanded version published here in the newspaper Haiti Liberte, Vol. 6, No. 8. [Turkish version: "Haiti'deki Paramiliter Güçler," Monthly Review (Turkish edition)", Şubat 2012, P. 55-67.]

    2011     “Empire, Global Capitalism, and Theory: Reconsidering Hardt and Negri,” Current Perspectives in Social Theory. Vol. 29. P. 187-207.

    Book Chapters

               2019   "The Caribbean and Global Capitalism: Five Strategic Traits" in Ino Rossi, Eds., New Frontiers of Globalization Research - Theories, Processes and Perspectives from the Global North and Global South (New York City, USA: Springer Publishing). In Press.

              2018    William I. Robinson and Jeb Sprague, "The Transnational Capitalist Class," in Mark Juergensmeyer, Manfred Steger, Saskia Sassen, and Victor Faesse, Eds., The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press), P. 309-327.

              2016     "Global Capitalism and Transnational Class Formation in Asia and Oceania," , P. 3-18, in Jeb Sprague, Eds., Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania (London, UK: Routledge).  [A Mandarin Chinese translation of an altered version of this paper is available here: 亞洲及大洋洲的跨國資本主義階級和生產關係

              2012    “Transnational State,” in George Ritzer, Eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of GlobalizationFirst Edition (Malden, USA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd), P. 2031-2037.

    Scholarly Interviews Conducted

                2014     "Transnational Corporations in Twenty-first Century Capitalism: An Interview with Grazia Ietto-Gillies,” Critical Perspectives on International Business, Vol. 10, No. 1, P. 35-50.  Special 10th Anniversary Issue.

                2010     “Statecraft in the Global Financial Crisis: An Interview with Kanishka Jayasuriya,” Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies. No. 3, P. 127-138.

                2007     “Haiti and the Jean Dominique Investigation: An Interview with Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon,”  Journal of Haitian Studies. Fall 2007, Vol. 13, No. 2. P. 136-150. Republished, “The Jean Dominique Murder Investigation: An Interview with Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon,” in 3-part serial format with Haïti Liberté newsweekly. Vol.3, No.19. November 25-December 2, 2009; Vol.3, No.20. December 2-8, 2009; Vol.3, No.21. December 9-15, 2009.

    Short Essays & Book Reviews

                2019    Review of Marion Werner, Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean. New Jersey, NY: Wiley-Blackwell (2016). Journal of World-Systems Research. Vol. 25, No. 1. P. 237-242.

                2017     Toward an Understanding of Transnational Capitalism in the Caribbean: A Review of Hilbourne Watson, Eds., Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press  (2015). Latin American Perspectives. Vol. 44, No. 4. P. 209-216.

                2014     Review of Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, London, UK: Verso (2012), Critical Sociology. Vol. 40, No. 5. P. 803-807.

                2014     "Cruise Ships and Global Capitalism," Global-E: A Global Studies Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2.

     2011     Review of Peter Dicken, Global Shift, Fifth Edition: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, New York City, USA: The Guilford Press (2007). Journal of Sociology. Vol. 47, No. 2. P. 219-221.

    2011      Review of Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World, Minneapolis, USA: University of Minnesota Press (2010). Science & Society. Vol. 75, No. 3. P. 442-444.

    2009      Review of Jerry Harris, The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Conflict in a Transnational World, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008), Globalizations. Vol. 6, No. 2. P. 319.

               2008     Review of Peter Hallward, Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment, London, UK: Verso (2008), Randall Robinson, An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President, New York City, USA: Basic Civitas Books (2007), and Alex Dupuy, The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti, and the International Community, Lanham, USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2006). NACLA Report on the Americas. November-December 2008. Vol. 41, No. 6. P. 46-47.

      2007    Jeb Sprague and Wadner Pierre, “Haiti: Poor Residents of Capital Describe a State of Siege (Update),” in Peter Phillips and Andrew Roth (eds.), Censored 2008: The Top 25 Censored Stories (New York City, NY, USA: Seven Stories Press), P. 82-84. This piece was republished in Español on

    Non-refereed research & working papers

              2018    "State transformation in globalizing Asia: New geopolitics or the restructuring of social power relations?," Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Working Paper, Research Division Asia. Berlin, Germany: BCAS 2018, Session Nr. 1

              2018    Marcelo del Castillo-Mussot, Jeb Sprague-Silgado, Jorge A. Montemayor-Aldrete, and Alfredo de la Lama Garcia, "Global Capitalism and the Neoliberal Privatization of Energy Reserves: A Mexico Case Study," Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 17. P. 103-115. In Press.    

              2013     Marcelo del Castillo-Mussot, Jeb Sprague, and Alfredo de la Lama García, "Global Capitalism and 'North-South' Uneveness: In Light of Ranking, Statistical Correlations, and Profits from the Forbes' Worldwide List of 2000 Top Firms," Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, Vol 12. P. 219-245. 

    Short Analytical and Editorial Pieces (a partial listing)

                2019     "Washington's hybrid war on Venezuela," The Canary.

                2018     "US-backed Haitian government agents accused of conducting massacre," The CanarySee here for a French version of this article.            

                2017    Salvador Rangel and Jeb Sprague-Silgado, "The U.S. Political Scene: Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism".  Counterpunch. Français version here: "La scène politique des États-Unis," L’Aut’Journal.  Español version here: "El Escenario Político de E. U.-- Blancura y la Crisis de Legitimidad del Capitalismo Global," América Latina en movimiento.

                2016    "Polyarchy in the Dominican Republic: The elite versus the elite,"  NACLA. An expanded español version "La Poliarquía en República Dominicana," published in El Grillo and Rebelión.

                2014    "Jamaica and the Politics of Debt Trap," teleSUREspañol version here: "Jamaica y la trampa de la deuda externa," América Latina en movimiento.

                2013    "Island of Hispaniola: Coalitions and cross-border solidarity," (Notes on the political conditions in the Dominican Republic and Haiti) Pambazuka News, Pan-African Voices for Freedom and Justice; Corrected/expanded version here: "Can coalitions and cross-border solidarity save Hispaniola?," CounterPunch Magazine, August 2013, Vol. 20, No. 8; Español version here: "La Española, sus coaliciones y la solidaridad entre sus fronteras," Rebelion; Français version here: "L’île d’Hispaniola, entre coalitions et solidarités transfrontalières," Pambazuka News Voix pan-africaine pour la liberté et la justice; Alternative version in Français here: "L’île d’Hispaniola : Quelles sont les perspectives pour la gauche," L’Aut’Journal.

                2013     "Paramilitarism in Haiti: A Photo Montage," author's blogspot web page (images to be viewed alongside reading my 2012 book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti).

                2012     “Reviving Haiti’s army would harm democracy,” Miami Herald; Expanded version published in español “Reconstituir al ejército hará que Haití revierta a un pasado de 30 años atrás,” La República (República Dominicana) y Rebelión (Spain). Expanded version published in français “La reconstitution de l’armée ferait repartir Haïti 30 ans en arrière,” L’Aut’Journal (Canada and France).

    2012   “Haiti’s excluded majority opposes army’s re-creation’,” Jamaica Observer; Alternate version published in ¡Presente!; The full updated/corrected version of the article is in Upside Down World.

    2011     “Haiti’s Movement from Below Endures,” Al Jazeera; Published in español “Sobrevive el movimiento de los pobres en Haití,” teleSUR and Rebelión.

    2011    "Report on ex-FAd'H Camp near Port-au-Prince (March, 2011)," author's blogspot web page.

              2011     “WikiLeaks Reveal: U.S. and UN Officials Oversaw Integration of Ex-Army Paramilitaries into Haiti’s Police Force,” Haïti Liberté Newspaper; Published in español: “WikiLeaks revela: Funcionarios de EE.UU. y la ONU supervisaron la incorporación de paramilitares a la policía de Haití,” Contra Injerencia; Published in français: “Participation active des responsables américains et onusiens quant à l'intégration de puchistes à la PNH, selon WikiLeaks (Haïti).” CHAN.

              2010     Jeb Sprague and Cesar Rodriguez, “Dual Crises of Globalization: Arizona and the Gulf of Mexico,” Transnational Institute. Republished in Correo del Orinoco, June 2010, No. 17, P.8. and in Z Magazine, July 2010, Vol. 23, No. 27; Published in español: “La doble crisis de la globalización: el Golfo de México y Arizona,” Transnational Institute; Published in chinese: 全球化的双重危机:从墨西哥湾到亚利桑那

    2006     “Invisible Violence: Ignoring Murder in Post-Coup Haiti,FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting).

    Honors and Awards

    2015    Highly Commended Paper, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

    2011     Distinguished Graduate Student Award, California Sociological Association.

    2010    Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award Nominee, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2008     Project Censored Award, Department of Sociology, Sonoma State University.

    Research Funding, Financial Support, and Consultant Work

    2018  Travel funding, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin, Germany.

    2017  Joint Research Grant, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Grant No. IN105814.

    2017  Speaker and Travel Funding, Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR), Cornell University.

    2014-2015 Doctoral Student Travel Grant, Graduate Council of Academic Senate, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2014-2015 Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2014-2015 Chicano Studies Institute Graduate Student Research Award, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2013-2014 Research Grant, Center for New Racial Studies, University of California.

    2013-2014 Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2013  Travel Funding, Griffith University. Brisbane, Australia.

    2013  Outreach Funding, Admissions and Outreach, Graduate Division, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2012-2013 Dean's Fellowship, Graduate Division, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2012     Consultant, Varieties of Democracy Project, University of Gothenburg and University of Notre Dam.

    2012     Travel and Speaker Funding, Peace Studies Program, Florida Atlantic University.

    2012     Travel and Speaker Funding, Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    2012     Travel and Speaker Funding, Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto.

    2012     Conference Travel Grant, University of California Graduate Student Association.

    2011     Departmental Research Grant Award, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2011     Joint Research Grant, Dirección General Asuntos del Personal Académico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

    2009     Peace Studies Program Funding, Florida Atlantic University.

    2008     Department of Sociology Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    2004     Student Union Life and Development Travel Grant, California State University of Long Beach.

    2000-2004    College Tuition Fee Waiver, California Department of Veterans Affairs (for Disabled Veteran parent).

    Academic Conference Presentations

    2018    "The Caribbean and transnational capitalism," Global Studies Association-North America (GSA)Howard University. Washington D.C, USA. 

    2018    "State transformation and capitalist globalization in Asia: New geopolitics or the restructuring of social power relations?," 12th Berlin Conference on Asian Security (BCAS) "Competing spaces, shifting orders: Asia’s new geopolitics".  Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany.

    2017    "The historical contingencies of racial formation: From inter-national to transnational capitalism," Global Studies Association-North America (GSA), University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    2017    "The Caribbean and the Transnational Capitalist Class," Global Capitalism in the AmericasFourth biennial conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC), Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Habana, Cuba.

    2016    Jeb Sprague-Silgado and Salvador Rangel, "Racialized social relations and the contingencies of history," Pacific Sociology Association (PSA), San Francisco, USA.

    2016     "University of the West Indies Authors Meet and Greet. An overview of Hilbourne Watson's , Eds., Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press  (2015)," Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    2016    "The Flexibilization of Paramilitarism in Haiti: From Cold War to Globalist Era", Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    2015    "Precarious and surplus labor in the Globalizing Caribbean," American Sociological Association (ASA), Chicago, IL, USA.  This is a special panel on "Global Class Relations and the New Precariat" hosted by the Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) section of the ASA. 

    2015    Talk and Updates on my 2012 book at Ford-LASA Funded Symposium on Paramilitarism, University of Arizona, USA.

    2015    "Sociohistorical Transformation and Global Capitalism in the Caribbean," Latin American Studies Association (LASA). San Juan, Puerto Rico..

    2014     "Transnational Remittances, Labor Exportation, and the Caribbean," UC Center for New Racial Studies 4th Annual Conference - The Racial State: Democratic and Despotic Dimensions. UC Hastings, USA.

    2014     “Migration, Transnational Remittances, and the Exportation of Caribbean Labor,”  Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), San Francisco, USA.

    2014    "The Cruise Ship Industry and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Capitalism: A Critical Analysis," UCSB Global Studies Conference-Third Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, USA.

    2014    “Political conditions in the globalizing Caribbean/Las condiciones políticas en el caribe se globaliza” En el XVII Taller Internacional Ciencia Politica de Enfoque Sur y en el VIII Cologuio Internacional "La Influencia de la filosofia y las ciencias sociales en el patrimonio inmaterial de los paises del mediterraneo americano," La Universidad de la Habana y la Sociedad Cubana de Investigaciones Filosoficas, Habana, Cuba. 

    2013     “Transnational Class Relations and the Caribbean Context,” American Sociological Association (ASA), New York City, USA.

    2013     “Transnational Mining in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica: An Emergent Cornerstone of Global Capital in the Caribbean,” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), St. George's, Grenada.

    2013      My book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti (Monthly Review Press, 2012) was presented at the Author Celebration and Q&A by Dr. Mark Schuller at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA), St. George's, Grenada.

    2013     Keynote presentation “The Objective and Subjective Factors of Transnational Class Relations,” Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania. Second biennial conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC), Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

    2012     “Theorizing Transnational Class Relations,”  Pacific Sociology Association (PSA), San Diego, USA.

    2012     “Elite Networking and Paramilitary Political Violence in Haiti,” UCSB Global Studies Conference, Santa Barbara, USA.

    2011     “Paramilitarism and the Role of Local and Transnational Social Forces,” Global Capitalism and Transnational Class Formation. First biennial conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC), Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.

    2010     “Empire, Global Capitalism, and Theory: Reviewing Hardt and Negri,” presentation by invitation, California Sociological Association (CSA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Riverside, USA.

    2009     “Transnationally Oriented Elites and the State Apparatus,” Global Studies Association (GSA). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA.

    2007     “Post-coup Political Violence in Haiti,” World Peace Forum, University of Vancouver, Canada.

    2006     “Organized Labor and Political Conflict in the Caribbean,” South-West Labor Studies Association. University of California-Los Angeles, USA.


    Articles and Books Reviewed for Refereed Journals and Examiner
     Social Forces, Journal of World-Systems Research, International Critical Thought, Disasters Journal, Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, Globalizations, Bandung: Journal of the Global South, reader report for Pluto Press, examiner for HLSS Honours Program dissertations at Griffith University.

    Teaching and Academic Job Experience

    Lecturer, Sociology, University of Virginia

    SOC 2220: Social Problems (Spring, 2019)

    Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

    SOCIOLOGY 122: Social Stratification (Spring, 2017)

    SOCIOLOGY 130SG: Sociology of Globalization (Summer, 2014)

    SOCIOLOGY 131: Political Sociology (Fall, 2015; Winter, 2016; Spring, 2017)

    SOCIOLOGY 185S: Social Theory (Summer, 2013)

    Summer Lecturer, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

    SOCIOLOGY 201: Introduction to Sociology (July-August, 2018)

    HISTORY 260: International History 1945 to Recent (July-August, 2018)

    Summer Lecturer, Qingdao University, China

    SOCIOLOGY 201: Introduction to Sociology (July-August, 2016)

    HISTORY 260: International History 1945 to Recent (July-August, 2016) 

    HISTORY 212: US. History 1900 to Recent (July-August, 2016) 

    Summer Lecturer, Ensitit Travay Sosyal & Syans Sosyal, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    SC 206: Foundations on Modern Social Theory (July-August, 2017)

    SC 490: Sociology of the Caribbean (July-August, 2017)

    Lecturer, California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI)

    SOC 330: Political Sociology (Fall, 2016)

    SOC 420: Classical Sociological Theory (Fall, 2016)

    Lecturer, Social Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University

    SOCIOLOGY 315: Global Race and Ethnic Relations (Spring, 2016)

    SOCIOLOGY 323: Social Stratification (Spring, 2016)

    Lecturer, Santa Barbara City College

    Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology (Spring, 2017; Spring, 2018)

    Soc 104: Social Psychology (Spring & Fall, 2017; Spring, 2018)

    Lecturer, Allan Hancock College/ Vandenburg Airforce Base

    Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology (Fall, 2017)

    Soc 102: Social Problems (Spring, 2018).

    Lecturer, California Lutheran University

    SOCIOLOGY 101: Introduction to Sociology (Spring, 2016)

    2008-2015    Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

    SOCIOLOGY 1 Introduction to Sociology

    SOCIOLOGY 122GI Global Inequalities

    SOCIOLOGY 130LA Development and Social Change in Latin America

    SOCIOLOGY 130ME Development and Social Change in the Middle East

    SOCIOLOGY 130SG Sociology of Globalization

    SOCIOLOGY 130ST Special Topics in Third World Studies

    SOCIOLOGY 131 Political Sociology

    SOCIOLOGY 134G Green Movements and Green Parties

    SOCIOLOGY 134R Sociology of Revolutions

    SOCIOLOGY 134RC Radical Social Change

    SOCIOLOGY 138 Global Conflict

    SOCIOLOGY 146-1 Globalization and Culture

    SOCIOLOGY 167 The Structure and Dynamics of Organizations

    SOCIOLOGY 172 Crime and Delinquency

    SOCIOLOGY 185D Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations

    2011                Research Assistant for Professor William I. Robinson.

    2009-2012       Test Proctor, Disabled Students Program at UCSB.


    2012-present                    American Sociological Association (ASA)

    2011-present                    Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC)

    2014                                 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 

    2014                                 Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

    2013, 2016                       Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)

    Professional Service

    2018                                   Expert witness for asylum seeker, Phoenix Federal Immigration Court.

    2017                                   International election monitor, Gubernatorial Elections in the State of Mexico.  Mexican civil society organization #NiUnFraudeMás.

    2016                                   Round Tables Organizer for Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) section at the American Sociological Association (ASA) conference.

    2016-2017                          Rank and File Member of CFA (California Faculty Association).

    2015-2017                          Rank and File Member of UC-AFT Local 2141.

    2013                                    Expert witness for Haitian asylum seeker, San Diego Federal Immigration Court.

    2011-present                      International Executive Committee, Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism

    2010-2011                          Steering Committee, University of California Haiti Initiative.

    2008-2009                          Graduate Student Representative for the Department of Sociology to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at UCSB.

    2008-2015                          Rank and File Member of UAW 2865.

    2005                                    Co-organizer of the International Tribunal on Haiti, Washington, D.C.

    2002-2003                           Co-organized campaign for CSULB to join the Worker's Rights Consortium (WRC).

    2002                                    Co-organizer of CSULB campus progressive "globalization conference" with speakers from campus, global exchange, & local community.

    Invited Public Presentations, Talks, Interviews, etc (a partial listing)

    2019    "Trump administration working to divide Caribbean against Venezuela," The Real News Network.

    2019    "US 'Tightens Noose' on Cuba," The Real News Network.

    2019    "The anti-war movement and the social problems of militarism" lecture for Dr. Sreerekha Mullassery Sathiamma's course: Social Movements and Development, University of Virginia.

    2018    "Facebook Purge of Alternative Media Is ‘Just the Beginning,’ Boasts DC Neocon Operative (1/2)," The Real News Network.

    2018    "US Gov.-Funded Groups Push to Censor Social Media, Using Russia and China as Bogeymen (2/2)" The Real News Network.

    2018    "Haitians strike against IMF friendly president" Interview on RT America.

    2018    "The Caribbean and Global Capitalism" lecture for Dr. Chris Chase-Dunn's course:  Global Studies 191: Haiti: Past, Present and Future, University of California, Riverside. 

    2018    "The historical genesis of racialization" lecture for Dr. Sreerekha Mullassery Sathiamma's course: Binaries: Global Epistemologies from a Feminist Perspective, University of Virginia.

    2018     "U.S. militarism and the anti-war movement", a work-shop for the Santa Barbara Anti-War Collective.

    2017    "Vimeo Interview with Cornell University's Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR): The Caribbean in the Vortex of Global Capitalism" (11 minute interview)

    2017     Interview on The Real News Network, Baltimore, MD, USA.

    2017     Interview on Lanbi Call, 99.5 FM WBAI, New York City, NY, USA.

    2017     Interview on Flashpoints, 94.1 FM KPFA, San Francisco, CA, USA.

    2017    "The Caribbean in the Vortex of Global Capitalism" CUSLAR, Cornell University, NY, USA

    2017    "The Caribbean in the Vortex of Global Capitalism" CUSLAR, Ithaca College, NY, USA

    2017    "The Caribbean and Global Capitalism" International Studies Program, College of Charleston, SC, USA.

    2017    "The Caribbean in the Global System: Five Strategic Traits"  Brown bag lunch series for Department of Sociology, California State University-Channel Islands.

    2016    Interviewed on current events in Haiti, Flashpoints, Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM (94.1), Oakland, CA, USA.

    2016    "Development and Environmental Crisis in the Era of Global Capitalism," Minzu University, Beijing, China (Top University for ethnic minorities in China).

    2016     Presentation to Social Work students at Ensitit Travay Sosyal & Syans Sosyal, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    2016    "Dominican Republic: A structural overview of political and socio-economic conditions" Interview on Latin Pulse for the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLAS), American University, Washington D.C. 

    2015   "Transnational Capital and the Political Economy of Restructuring in the Caribbean" Presentation for Department of Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara.

    2015   "Global Capitalism and the Caribbean Region" Guest lecturer, Department of International Studies, California State University of Long Beach, CA, USA.

    2014   "Globalization of the Cruise Ship Industry and the Caribbean" at seminar series hosted by the Department of History and Anthropology at the University of West Indies in Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. 

    2014 Presentation for Global Studies course taught by Nadege Clitandre, PhD. Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

    2014 Discussant in graduate school panel, Department of Sociology, UCSB, USA.

    2013 Participant in Discussion on Dominican Republic socio-economic and political conditions, Occupy Wall Street Livestream. 

    6/17/2013 Book talk and discussion on the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Centro de Estudios y Proyectos Sociales y Economicos S.A., Santiago, Republica Dominicana.

    7/2/2013 Haiti book talk in Brisbane, Australia. Social Research Institute. 

    2013 Interviewed on Haiti book on Flash Points Radio. KPFA (Berkeley, CA).

    2013 Interviewed by Vice/HBO for possible future television episode.

    2012 Presentation for Sociology graduate seminar, Soc 207C Sociological Theory, taught by Kevin B. Anderson, PhD. Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, USA.

    2012 Interviewed on Haiti book by Jean Saint-Vil on Radio Kajou (Florida) and CKCU fm (Ottawa).

    2012 Interviewed on Haiti book by David Zlutnick/Upheaval productions (San Francisco, CA). Video here.

    2012 Interviewed on Haiti book by the Progressive Radio Network (PRN).

    2012 Interviewed in radio studio on Haiti book by 95.9 CKUW (Winnipeg).

    2012 Interviewed on Haiti book on 99.5 WBAI (New York City, NY).

    2012 Interviewed on Haiti book on ‘Africa Today’ which airs on 94.1 FM KPFA (San Francisco, CA).

    2012 Talk on Haiti book aired on 91.7 FM KOOP radio (Austin, Texas).

    2012 Talk on Haiti book aired on 89.3 FM WPFW (Washington, D.C).

    2012 Talk on Haiti book aired on Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV).

    2012 Talk on Haiti book aired on 101.9 FM CFUV Radio (Victoria, Canada).

    2012 Talk on Haiti book aired on NPR/ 94.9 FM KUOW (Seattle, WA).

    11/17/12 Haiti Book Talk in Columbus, GA: 5:30-7pm, Room 104 in the Convention Center for the Annual Vigil of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch.

    10/19/12 Haiti Book Talk in Riverside, CA: 2:00 to 3:30pm at University of California Riverside in the Map Room of the College Building South. Colloquium Series of the UCR Program on Global Studies (Sponsored by the UCR Sociology Department and the Institute for Research on World-Systems/IROWS).

    10/17/12 Haiti Book Talk in Goleta, CA: noon to 1:30pm at Colloquium Series of UCSB Department of Sociology.

    9/28/12 Haiti Book Talk in Austin, TX: 7pm at 5604 Manor

    9/27/12 Haiti Book Talk in Miami, FL: 8pm at Books and Books

    9/27/12 Haiti Book Talk in Boca Raton, FL: 2 PM, Room PA101 at Florida Atlantic University. Hosted by Peace Studies.

    9/26/12 Haiti Book Talk in Tampa, FL: 6pm at room 136-138 in the Patel Center for Global Solution at the University of South Florida. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

    9/25/12 Haiti Book Talk in Washington, DC: 5pm at the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 450 at Georgetown University. Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.

    9/24/12 Haiti Book Talk in Philadelphia, PA: 8pm at Moonstone Arts Center/ Robin's Books

    9/22/12 Haiti Book Talk in New York, NY: 7pm at Bluestockings Bookstore

    9/21/12 Haiti Book Talk in Boston, MA: 7pm at Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Office

    9/20/12 Haiti Book Talk in Montreal, QC: 4-6pm at Concordia University, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West H-1124. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.

    9/19/12 Haiti Book Talk in Toronto, ON: 7-9pm at Sidney Smith Hall, room 2098, 100 St. George St. 

    9/19/12 Haiti Book Talk in Toronto, ON: 2-4pm at University of Toronto in Grad Room, 66 Harbord St. (NE corner of Harbord and Spadina). Sponsored by CHAN.

    9/18/12 Haiti Book Talk in Chicago, IL: 7pm at DePaul University in Lincoln Park Student Center (LPSC) Room 325 (2250 North Sheffield, Chicago) Transit: Red & Brown CTA train lines, Fullerton Avenue station.

    9/17/12  Haiti Book Talk in Madison, WI: 4pm at 206 Ingraham Hall at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS).

    9/16/12  Haiti Book Talk in Winnipeg, MB: 4pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park.

    9/15/12 Haiti Book Talk in Victoria, BC: 4:00 - 6:00 pm at UVic, David Strong Bldg Rm C118. Sponsored by Victoria Peace Coalition, Mining Justice Action Committee, UVic Social Justice Studies, Central American Support Committee, and the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation.

    9/14/12 Haiti Book Talk in Vancouver, BC: 7:00-8:30pm in the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms at the Vancouver Public Library.

    9/14/12 Haiti Book Talk in Vancouver, BC: 5:30-6:40pm in room HC 7000 at Simon Fraser University. Sponsored by Latin American Studies.

    9/13/12  Haiti Book Talk in Bellingham, WA: 7pm at Village Books.

    9/12/12 Haiti Book Talk in Seattle, WA: 7pm at Elliot Bay Books.

    9/11/12 Haiti Book Talk in Portland, OR: 7-9pm at The Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217). For more see the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee.

    9/9/12 Haiti Book Talk in Berkeley, CA: 4-6pm at La Peña Cultural Center. For more info see

    2011     Talk at Teach In “Sex, Race, and Class: What are the Terms of Unity?, with Selma James and Danny Glover.” Southern California Library, Los Angeles. I spoke on a two-person panel with actor and social justice activist Danny Glover.

    2011     Interviewed on the radio show Sojurner Truth. 90.7FM KPFK, Los Angeles.

    2011     Interviewed on the Human Rights Radio Show. KPFT, Houston.

    2011     Interviewed on the radio show Morning Mix. KPFA, Berkeley.

    2011     Interviewed on the radio show Haiti: The Struggle Continues. WBAI, New York.

    2011     Interviewed on the Anti-War Radio Show. KAOS, Olympia.

    2011    Guest Lecturer for Nadege Clitandre, PhD. Global Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

    2011    “Elite and Paramilitary Networking in Haiti,” Talk on Panel hosted by the The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies and the University of California Haiti Initiative (UCHI).

    2011    Guest Lecturer for Avery Gordon, PhD. Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara.

    2010    Guest Lecturer for Claudine Michel, PhD. Black Studies and Clyde Woods, PhD. Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

    2010    Guest Lecturer for Avery Gordon, PhD. Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara.

    2010     “March 4th and the Nationwide Student-Worker Movement,” presentation by invitation, symposium on “Continuing the Struggle: Where does the student-worker movement go from here?” University of California Santa Barbara, 7 April.

    2010    “The Quake in Haiti,” presentation by invitation, for Sociology Course “Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities,” University of California Santa Barbara, 4 February.

    2010    “The Quake in Haiti,” discussant by invitation, panel on the earthquake in Haiti hosted by the Department of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 28 January.

    2009    “Contemporary Struggles From Below at UC Santa Cruz, NYU/The New School, and Chicago’s Republic Window and Doors Factory.” Defending, not Defunding, the University, University of California Santa Barbara, 14 October.

    2009    “Recent history in Haiti,” discussant by invitation on “Haiti Panel” hosted by the Department of Black Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 21 May.

    2009    “Researching Paramilitarism,” presentation by invitation, brownbag luncheon at Orfalea Center, University of California Santa Barbara, 18 April.

    2009    “Haiti and the Resource Starved Popular Democracy,” presentation by invitation, symposium on “Radical Politics in the Caribbean Panel,” University of California Santa Barbara, 9 April.

    2009    Interviewed on the radio show Beneath the Surface. KPFK, Los Angeles.

    2008    “Globalization and Transnational Class Relations.” Presentation at Historical Materialism Research Group (HMRG), University of Manchester, UK, 27 August.

    2007    “Widening the Circle of Solidarity: A Talk on Grassroots Media Organizing.” Presentation by invitation, Grenadier Books/Haïti Liberté, Brooklyn, NY, 5 June.

    2007    Guest Lecturer for Andrew Wallis, Ph.D., Modern Language and Literature, Whittier Liberal Arts College.

    2007    Interviewed on the radio show Uprising Radio, KPFK, Los Angeles, September 4. “Human Rights and Privatization in Haiti.”

    2007    Interviewed on the radio show Konbit Lakay with Yves Dayiti. WPFP, Washington D.C.

    2007    Interviewed twice on the radio show Haiti: The Struggle Continues. WBAI, New York.

    2007    “The Unreported War Against the Poor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.” Viento y Agua Coffee House, Long Beach, CA, 26 January.

    2007    Interviewed twice on the radio show Flashpoints, KPFA, San Francisco.

    2006    Guest Lecturer for Lise Sedresz, PhD. Latin American History, California State University of Long Beach.

    2006       Presentation on U.S. foreign aid policy toward Haiti, World Social Forum, Caracas, Venezuela.

    2005       Presentation on U.S. foreign aid policy toward Haiti, International Tribunal on Haiti, Washington, D.C.


    Media Reports, Essays, and Interviews

    2011      "On Martissant, Gran Ravine, and Missing the Proportionality and Chief Sources of Political Violence," Author's blogspot.

    2010       “United States/Mexico: Migrants Risk Everything in Arizona Desert Crossing,” IPS (Español version here).

    2010      "Michel Martelly, Stealth Duvalierist." Haiti LiberteVol. 4, No. 22 • Du 15 au 22 Décembre 2010.  Published in français: "Qui est le candidat Michel Martelly?" Haiti Liberte.

    2009      "G20 Interview: Planning New Global Financial Regulatory Frameworks: An interview with Rupert Thorne, Deputy to the Secretary General of the Financial Stability Board," Alternet.

    2009       “United States: Activists, Big Business Converge on G20 Meet,” IPS (Español version here).

    2009       “Pittsburgh G20 Video Reports - Part One, Part Two, Part Three,” IPS.

    2009       “Haiti: Fanmi Lavalas Banned, Voter Apprehension Widespread,” IPS (Español version here).

    2009       Wadner Pierre and Jeb Sprague“Haiti: Calls Mount to Free Lavalas Activist,” IPS.

    2008       Nazire St. Fort and Jeb Sprague“Anti-Hunger Protests Rock Haiti,” NACLA.

    2008       Nazaire St. Fort and Jeb Sprague“Haiti: Once-Vibrant Farming Sector in Dire Straits,” IPS.

    2008       "Labor, Neoliberalism, and the 2004 Coup in Haiti," HaitiAnalysis.

    2007       Wadner Pierre and Jeb Sprague, “Haiti: Poor Residents of Capital Describe a State of Siege,” IPS. Received 2008 Project Censored Award (Español version here). Spanish version republished on

    2007       Jeb Sprague and Wadner Pierre, “Haiti: Pain at the Pump Spurs Strike Actions,” IPS.

    2007       Jeb Sprague and Wadner Pierre “Haiti: Workers Protest Privatization Layoffs,” IPS (Español version here).

    2007       “Europe/Haiti: Singing for the Poor,” IPS.

    2007       “Digging Through a History of Economic Violence,” Jubilee USA.

    2007       Jeb Sprague and Eunida Alexandra, “Haiti: Mysterious Prison Ailment Traced to U.S. Rice,” IPS.

    2007       “Haiti: Lame Ti Manchèt Accused of Role in Killing of Photojournalist,” Narco News (Español version here)(Français version here).

    2006       “A Lavalas Mayor in Hiding: An Interview with Moïse Jean-Charles,” Left Turn.

    2006       Jeb Sprague and Eric Feise, “Persecuted Haitian Photojournalist Speaks Out: Jean Ristil & Cité Soleil,” Upside Down World.


    Reviews of my work

    2019      Jerry Harris, review of "Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class," Race & Class

    2017      Alexius Pereira, review of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania," Critical Sociology, Vol. 45, No. 4-5, pp. 802-805.

    2017      Sean Kenji Starrs , "The global capitalism school tested in Asia" (a critical review of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania)Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 47, No. 2.

    2017      Review of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania," Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 79, p. 152.

    2016     Oliver Turner, review of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania," Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 21, No. 4.

    2016     David Feldman, review of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania," Journal of World-Systems Research, Vol. 22, Issue. 2. pp. 576-582.

    2016     Matthew Davidson, review of "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti," Haiti: Then and Now

    2015    Valerie Kaussen, review of "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti," New West Indian Guide, Vol. 89, No. 1-2, pp. 116-118.

    2015     Jean-Germain Gros, review of "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti," Journal of World-Systems Research, Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter/Spring, pp. 232-235.

    2015     Jose Gutierrez, review of "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti," Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, Vol. 14, No. 4.

    2014     Boaz Anglade, Review of Paramilitarim and the Assault on Democracy in HaitiRace & Class, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 104-106.

    2014     Justin Podur, Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 15, No. 3

    2013     Matthew J. Smith, "Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti," WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor & Society, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 411-413.

    2013     Hyppolite Pierre, “Democratic Struggle in Haiti: Jeb Sprague’s Account,” Eurasia Review.

    2013     Bruce Poinsette, “New Book Details History of Paramilitary Violence inHaiti,” The Skanner.

    2013     Joe Emersberger, Review of Podur and Sprague books on Haiti, Znet.

    2013     Joe Taylor, Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, National Community Activist Network.

    2013     Review in Choice: Reviews Online, Vol. 50, No. 7.

    2012     Michael Barker, “Paramilitarism in the Age of Democracy,” The Bullet, E-Bulletin No. 718.

    2012     Belen Fernandez, Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. Al Jazeera-English.

    2012     Christian Wisskirchen, “Paramilitarism in Haiti continues … and is the US (once more) lending a helping hand,” Haiti Support Group.

    2012     Adam Tomes, Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Demolcracy in Haiti. Counterfire.

    2012     Ben Terral, Review of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. Counterpunch.

    2012     Judith Scherr, “Book Exposes Violent Role of Paramilitaries in Haiti,” Inter Press Service.

    Language Skills
    Intermediate knowledge (spoken and written) of Spanish
    Beginner knowledge of Haitian Kreyol

    proficient in HTML coding


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