Ben Marley


Ben Marley

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-353-1939
  • Office: 414A Berkey Hall

Degree: Binghamton University, 2018


Ben Marley, Ph.D., is a fixed-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. (2018) in Sociology at Binghamton University where his dissertation, titled Agricultural Revolutions in America’s Heartland: The Corn Belt and the Making of American Capitalism, focused on the origins, development, and crisis of the Midwestern family farm in the world-system. Ben is currently working on two projects. The first is examining how, under the pressure of globalization and agro-industrialization, Chinese agrarian householding strategies are practiced. The second project investigates how working- and middle-class families manage the current care crisis in the United States. A research assistant and I are particularly interested in how women of these families navigate the challenges of caring for oneself and their family.

Research Areas: Agrarian Change, Householding, Global Environmental Change, Political Economy of Development, Work and Economy, and Social Theory
Selected Publications:

Marley, Benjamin. (forthcoming). “The American Corn Belt: Household, Ecology, and Capitalism”. Special issue: “Capitalist Transitions, Empire Building, and American History,” Journal of Historical Sociology.

Marley, Benjamin. (2016). “From War on Poverty to War on Coal: Nature, Capital, and Work in Appalachia,” Environmental Sociology, 1 (2), 88-100.

Marley, Benjamin. (2016). “The Coal Crisis in Appalachia: Commodity Frontiers, Crises, and the Geographies of Capital,” Journal of Agrarian Change, 16 (2), 225-254. (winner of the Terence K. Hopkins Award for best paper, Political Economy of the World-System section of the ASA).

Reprinted for Virtual Special Issue: “Political Ecology of Agrarian Change,” Journal of Agrarian Change. 2016.

Marley, Benjamin and Samantha Fox. (2014). “A World-Ecological Perspective on Socio- Ecological Transformation in the Appalachian Coal Industry,” Journal of World-Systems Research, 20 (2), 54-277.

Curriculum Vitae: Download