Mark   J.  Kaswan

Associate Professor  

Office: BPOB2 1.103E
Phone: (956) 882-8877
Email: mark.kaswan@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mark J. Kaswan

Dr. Kaswan has been politically active since he was nine years old. Prior to entering academia, he had a 20 year-long career in non-profit organizations.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • History of political thought, democratic theory, normative political theory, political economic theory, environmental political theory, feminism, ideologies, race and ethnic political theory, community and economic development, non-profit administration
  • Education

    • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
    • MA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007
    • BA, Political Science, California State University - Northridge, 2002
  • Currently Teaching

    POLS 6340 02I - Political Theory:
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    POLS 3340 01 - Classical Political Theory:
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    POLS 6340 01I - Political Theory:
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Selected Publications


  • Mark Kaswan. "Worker Cooperatives in the United States," Oxford Handbook of Mutual, Co-operative, and Co-Owened Businesses. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017: pp. 527-538.

  • Mark Kaswan. "Real Utopias and Cooperatives: Sleeping Giants for Social Transformation," Cooperativism around the World: Opportunities and Challenges. New York, NY: Cambridge Institute Publications, December 2016.

  • Mark Kaswan. "Developing democracy: cooperatives and democratic theory," London: International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development 6, no. 2 (September 2014): 190-205.

  • Mark Kaswan. Happiness, Democracy and the Cooperative Movement: The Radical Utilitarianism of William Thompson. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2014.

  • Mark Kaswan. "Democratic Differences: How Type of Ownership Affects Workplace Democracy and its Broader Social Effects," Sharing Ownership, Profits, and Decision-making in the 21st Century (Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor Managed Firms, Vol. 14). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, 14, December 2013: 261-294.

  • Mark Kaswan. Pain. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic , 2013: 386-388.

  • Mark Kaswan. Pleasure. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic , 2013: 420–423.

  • Mark Kaswan. William Thompson. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism. Bloomsbury Academic , 2013: 547–548.

  • Mark Kaswan. "Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Interstitial Transformation and the Cooperative Movement," New Political Science 34, no. 3 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2012): 366-372.

  • Mark Kaswan. Review of The Making of British Socialism by Mark Bevir (2011, Princeton University Press). New Political Science, 34, no. 3 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2012: 413–417.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Mark Kaswan. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, W.K. Kellogg Foundation/Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, (February 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. Worker Cooperatives as a Community Development Strategy, Democracy at Work Initiative, $4,000.00 (May 15, 2014 - August 31, 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Mark Kaswan. "Economic Solidarity," Getting Radical in the South, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX (September 2017)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Worker Cooperatives as a Strategy for Community Economic Development in Brownsville, Texas," Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, New York, NY (June 2017)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Democracy as a Principle of Social Interaction," WPSA Annual Conference, Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, BC (April 2017)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Politics and the Dynamics of Power," New Political Science 50th Anniversary Conference, Caucus for a New Political Science of the American Political Science Association, South Padre Island, TX (February 2017)

  • Mark Kaswan and Elizabeth MacDowell. "Access to Justice and Democratization: Looking Beyond the State," ClassCrits IX, Loyola University School of Law/Loyola University Business Law Center, Chicago, IL (October 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Property, Ownership, and Employee-Ownership," International Association for the Economics of Participation biennial conference, International Association for the Economics of Participation, Copenhagen, Denmark (July 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. "The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Study of Worker Ownership and the Middle Class," Beyster Symposium, Rutgers Univ. School of Management & Labor Relations/Foundation for Enterprise Development, La Jolla, CA (June 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. "To Own is to Control: Property Theory and Employee Ownership," WPSA Annual Meeting, Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA (March 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Why Workplace Democracy?," Workplace Democracy: Theory, Policy and Practice, Catholic University, Lille, France (January 2016)

  • Mark Kaswan. "Happiness, Worker Cooperatives, and the Alignment of Self- and Social Interest," Mid-Year Beyster Fellows Workshop, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ (January 2016)

Current Courses

POLS 6340 02I - Political Theory:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
POLS 3340 01 - Classical Political Theory:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
POLS 6340 01I - Political Theory:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses