“Marcello Musto is arguably the greatest connoisseur of Marx’s life.”

Étienne Balibar


Marcello Musto is a Professor of Sociological Theory at York University, in Toronto – Canada, where he is the founding director of the Laboratory for Alternative Theories. He is acknowledged globally as one of the authors who has made significant contributions to the revival of Marx studies over the last decade and his research interests also include Socialist thought, the history of labour movement, and alternative socio-economic systems. His work has been translated worldwide in twenty-five languages and among his publications there are four single-authored books and eleven edited volumes.

An Intellectual Biography

Early Manuscipts to the International

Biografia Intellettuale e Politica 1857-1883

New and Noteworthy

Karl Marx's Writing on Alienation

Rethinking Alternatives with Marx

Economy, Ecology and Migration

The Marx Revival

Key Concepts and New Interpretations

Repensar Marx e Marxismos

Guia para Novas Leituras

Marx and Le Capital

Evaluation, History, Reception

Academic publications

Professor Musto has published 50 journal articles and book chapters. His writings have appeared in dozens of refereed journals from many disciplines, including the International Review of Social History (The Netherlands), Contemporary Sociology (USA), Critical Sociology (USA), Science & Society (USA), Labor History (USA), Il pensiero politico (Italy),  Il Mulino (Italy),  La pensée (France), Actuel Marx (France), Foreign Theoretical Trends (China), and Economic & Political Weekly (India).

Type: Journal Articles
Published in: Critical Sociology


Repensando Marx e os marxismos (Book Launch)

Venue: TV Boitempo
Date: 9 November, 2022

War and the Left (Interview)

Venue: Democracy At Work
Date: 23 May, 2022

Marx’s Concept of Alienation (Talk)

Venue: Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
Date: 23 September, 2020

Series editor

Marcello Musto is the general editor of two book series. With 80 volumes published and 40 more books under contract, Marx, Engels, Marxisms has quickly turned into a flagship and one of the most prolific collections of Palgrave Macmillan. Recently Musto has also launched – with Routledge – the series Critiques and Alternatives to Capitalism that, with already ten books forthcoming, constitutes an international platform to explore critical theories of capitalism and alternative social-economic systems.

Marx, Engels, Marxisms

Palgrave Macmillan

The Marx renaissance is underway on a global scale and this series represent a unique collection of multidisciplinary volumes that appeals to a diverse and international audience. Our main areas of focus include the oeuvre of Marx and Engels, Marxist authors and traditions of the 19th and 20th centuries, labour and social movements, Marxist analyses of contemporary issues, and the reception of Marxism in the world.

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Critiques and Alternatives to Capitalism


This series publishes scholarly works dedicated to the problems of capitalist society and its mode of production; alternatives to capitalism that address contemporary social issues; and 19th and 20th centuries anti- capitalist ideas and practical experiments. We offer new perspectives on a number of subject matters and geographical areas, and aim to be an eclectic collection that inspires significant conversations for today.

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Marcello Musto contributes regularly to the several daily and online newspapers, including The Statesman (India), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Il manifesto (Italy), Efimerida ton Sintakton (Greece),  La Razón (Bolivia), Jacobin (USA), Sin Permiso (Spain), IndoProgress (Indonesia), Esquerda.net (Portugal), and Catarsi (Catalonia). His writings include op-eds, feature stories, and reviews, and focus on Marxism, socialist theory, progressive social movements, and left-wing political parties.

Published in: Jacobin

Public speaking

5th April

Les dernières années de Karl Marx

Marcello Musto propose ici une conférence sur l’œuvre tardive de Marx, en mettant en lumière des écrits inédits ou précédemment négligés, dont beaucoup ne sont pas disponibles en langue française. On découvre notamment sa critique du colonialisme européen et ses développements nouveaux sur les sociétés non occidentales : il envisage en particulier la possibilité d’une révolution dans les pays non capitalistes.

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16th March

A Forgotten Chapter in Marx’s Intellectual Biography: His Last Years

In this talk, Marcello Musto will claim a renewed relevance for the late work of Marx, highlighting unpublished or previously neglected writings, many of which remain unavailable in English. Readers are invited to reconsider Marx’s critique of European colonialism, his ideas on non-Western societies, and his theories on the possibility of revolution in noncapitalist countries.

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15th February

Los estudios sobre Marx en nuestros días

Contrario a los pronósticos que anticipaban su caída definitiva en el olvido, en los últimos años Marx ha regresado a la atención de los académicos internacionales. El valor de su pensamiento ha sido reafirmado por muchos y sus escritos están siendo desempolvados en las bibliotecas de Europa, Estados Unidos y Japón.

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28th September

Discussion on the Book Workers Unite!: The International 150 Years Later

In its brief life, the International Working Men’s Association (IWMA) became the symbol of class struggle and influenced the ideas of millions of workers all over the planet. The 158th anniversary of its birth (1864-2022) offers an important opportunity to reread their resolutions, to learn from the experiences of its protagonists, and to better theorize solutions to our contemporary issues.

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Over the years, Professor Musto has built an international intellectual network for research partnership, academic exchange, and public engagement. His research has received financial support from funding bodies in seven countries, including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and 25 universities all over the world. Among the projects that received research grants there is a study on alternative socio-economic ideas, and an investigation on the global history of the reception of Marx’s work.