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David McNally is a radical socialist activist and award-winning scholar. Authoring over 60 research manuscripts, seven books, and countless public lectures and articles, he currently holds the Cullen Distinguished Professorship of History & Business at the University of Houston, having recently moved from Toronto, where he taught and organized at York University for over thirty years.

David McNally stands in front of an Occupy Toronto banner, addressing a rally
Book jacket for Blood and Money: War, Slavery, Finance, and Empire by David McNally

Praise for Blood and Money: War, Slavery, Finance and Empire

"This fascinating and informative study, rich in novel insights, treats money not as an abstraction from its social base but as deeply embedded in its essential functions and origins in brutal violence and harsh oppression." —Noam Chomsky

"McNally casts an unsparing light on the origins of money—and capitalism itself—in this scathing, Marxist-informed account.... McNally builds a powerful, richly documented argument that unchecked capitalism prioritizes greed and violence over compassion....[T]his searing academic treatise makes a convincing case." Publishers Weekly





Mutiny on the Amistad by Hale Woodruff, 1938.

Slavery and Freedom

Syllabus and Selected Readings

Book jacket for Racecraft: the Soul of Inequality in American Life by Barbara and Karen Fields

The Political Culture of Race and Racism

Syllabus and Selected Readings

Doris Salcedo – Untitled, 2003, 1,550 wooden chairs, approx. 10.1 × 6.1 × 6.1 m (33 × 20 × 20 ft.), 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2003

Marxism, Feminism and Poststructuralism

Syllabus and Selected Readings



David currently serves on the editorial board of Spectre: A Journal of Marxist Theory and remains active in a variety of organizing projects in Houston, Toronto and beyond.