Jonah M Birch, Ph.D.

Jonah Birch has a PhD in Sociology from New York University. His research interests include Political and Economic Sociology, European Politics, Social Movements, Work and Labor Markets, and the Welfare State.

Dr. Birch's current research centers on three main areas. Building on work he did for his dissertation, which examined the factors behind the introduction of France's statutory 35-hour workweek in the late 1990's, he is looking at contemporary changes in work-time regulation in the EU. In addition, he is working in collaboration with researchers in the US and Germany on a project which uses survey data to explore the links between economic inequality, and the Coronavirus. Finally, another focus of his research is the rise of Western Europe's populist radical right parties, and its implications for democratic politics.

Along with these topics, Dr. Birch has also written extensively on the history of Europe's social-democratic left, as well as the transformation of social and economic policies since the 1970's.

He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University, where he teaches Social Diversity and Inequality, Social Problems in American Society, Wealth, Power, & Privilege, and Social Movements.

Research Interests

  • Political Sociology
  • Labor and Social Movements
  • European Politics 
  • Work and Employment
  • Comparative Historical Sociology
  • Welfare States
  • Comparative Political Economy

Recent Publications

2020   Birch, Jonah. “The Rise of Socialism in the United States? American ‘Exceptionalism’ and the Left After 2016.” In Claes Brundenius, ed. Reflections on Socialism in the Twenty-First Century: Confronting Neo-Liberalism, the Environmental Imperative and the Rise of the Extreme Right. New York, NY: Springer. 2020.

 2019  "What the Presidential Debate on Race is Really About. Jacobin Magazine. 

2016.  "A French Spring", Jacobin Magazine

2016  "Social Democracy's Last Rounds,"  Interview with Wolfgang Streeck, Jacobin Magazine

2015 The Many Lives of François Mitterand,” Jacobin Magazine

2014 “The Poverty of Culture,” Jacobin Magazine (with Paul Heideman)

2013 “How Does the Subaltern Speak?” Interview with Vivek Chibber, Jacobin
Magazine

Forthcoming Publications

Birch, Jonah. “Capitalism without Constraints? Wolfgang Streeck and the Death of Postwar Capitalism.” Under Review.

Birch, Jonah. “Institutionalism's Declining Returns: Crisis and Change in the Study of Contemporary Capitalism.” Draft Available.

Birch, Jonah. “Fascists for Democracy, Racists for Cultural Freedom: Explaining the Rise of Europe’s New Far Right Parties.” Invited Submission to Sociological Inquiry.

Birch, Jonah. “Statutory Change, Collective Bargaining, and Work-Time Reduction: The French and Germen Experiences.”


Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6935

Fax: (828) 262-2294

Office address
205B Chapell Wilson Hall
Mailing address
ASU Box 32115 480 Howard St. Boone NC 28608

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