I am an Assistant Professor in the Social Justice and Peace Studies program at King’s University College at Western University.

My research interests are interdisciplinary, crisscrossing contemporary political theory, feminist theory, political economy, philosophy, and sociology. One strand of research revolves around the study of Real Utopias, which are institutions designed to be both normatively emancipatory and empirically grounded. My interests in this area include economic democracy, workplace democracy, basic income, participatory budgeting, carbon taxes, universal caregiving, work-time reduction and so on. Another strand of research focuses on contemporary debates over distributive justice, with interest in questions of egalitarianism, economic desert, autonomy, time sovereignty, and the culture of consumerism.

Since the passing of my mentor, Erik Olin Wright, I have taken over a coordinating role of the Real Utopias Project in collaboration with the Havens Wright Center.

Current projects include:

  • Book Manuscript with Jennifer Nedelsky (York University) entitled A Care Manifesto: Part-Time for All (Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • Book Manuscript on Against Inequality
  • Editing (with Isabelle Ferreras) the next volume of the Real Utopias Project, entitled Democratizing the Corporation.
  • Journal articles on egalitarianism, relational equality, and luck egalitarianism
  • Journal article on the very idea of private propoerty
  • Journal article (with David Calnitsky) comparing Basic Income with Public Services
  • Book Chapter with J.J. McMurtry (York University) on The Optimal Financial Arrangements for Worker Cooperatives
  • Non-academic book on the history of hierarchy

I am also a longtime anti-authoritarian activist and organizer. I have worked with migrant justice, anti-poverty, global justice, anti-war, and solidarity economy groups. Most recently I have been organizing with Black Lives Matter and Showing Up For Racial Justice.

I can be reached at tommalleson@gmail.com

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