Dr. Denis O'Hearn
Denis O’Hearn, Professor of Sociology, is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and master’s degrees in sociology, economics, and Russian & Eastern European Studies from the same institution. His bachelor’s degree in economics is from the University of New Mexico. Before arriving at UTEP, O’Hearn was a professor of sociology at Texas A&M, Binghamton University (SUNY), and Queens University Belfast. He also has held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Notre Dame, and taught at institutions in Turkey, Japan, Portugal, Ireland and Réunion Island. He was a Fulbright Scholar at National University of Ireland-Dublin. He is a prolific and award-winning author. Most of his publications are about the effects of transnational corporations on socio-economic development and about communities in prisons. His book subjects range from Irish economic history to Cossacks in Russia and the Zapatistas in Mexico. His biography of the Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands won the Alessandro Tassoni Prize and the International Award Citta ‘di Cassino Letterature dal Fronte, top Italian book prizes. The American Sociological Association presented him with two Distinguished Book Awards. His most recent books include Living at the Edges of Capitalism (with Andrej Grubacic) and Migration, Racism and Labor Exploitation in the World-System (with Paul Ciccantell). His current research focuses on indigenous life in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands.