Jeb Sprague

Jeb Sprague


University of Virginia Sociology Department
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Research Interests:

Globalization, Political and Economic Sociology, Comparative Historical Sociology, Transnational Corporations

Jeb Sprague is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Virginia and formerly taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of "Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class" (Temple University Press, 2019) and "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti" (Monthly Review Press, 2012). In addition, he has authored and co-authored a number of scholarly articles, and is the editor of "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania" (Routledge, 2016). He is a founding member of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC) and has taught sociology in the Caribbean, East Asia, and North America. Visit him at:


Selected Publications


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

2012     Paramilitarism and the assault on democracy in Haiti (New York City, USA: Monthly Review Press).


Edited Books

2016    Globalization and transnational capitalism in Asia and Oceania. (Abingdon, UK: Routledge)


Articles and Chapters

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.

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

2018     "Global Capitalism, Haiti, and the Flexibilization of Paramilitarism,"  Third World Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 4, P. 747-768.

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 Economy, Vol. 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.

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.