David McNally teaches political science at York University Toronto and actively supports numerous social justice movements in that city.
As a high school student, David McNally joined the movement against the Vietnam War; on entering university, he organized a campus chapter of the Committee to Free Angela Davis—early steps in a lifetime of activism in global justice, anti-racist, and socialist movements. Along the way, he earned a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought in 1983 and was hired as Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, where he continues to teach.
David is the author of six books: Political Economy and the Rise of Capitalism (1988); Against the Market: Political Economy Market Socialism and the Marxist Critique (1993); Bodies of Meaning: Studies on Language, Labor and Liberation (2001); Another World is Possible: Globalization and Anti-Capitalism (2002; second revised edition 2006); Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance (2010) and Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (2011). He is working on a new book, tentatively entitled, Blood and Money. His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism,Studies in Political Economy, Capital and Class, History of Political Thought, New Politics, and Review of Radical Political Economics.
David’s research interests include the political economy of capitalism, the theory and practice of democracy, slavery, capitalism and anti-racism, the political economy of money and late capitalism, socialist-feminism, classical and Marxian political economy, social reproduction theory, Hegel and dialectical social theory, and the history of anti-capitalist movements.
David actively supports a number of organizations including the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Faculty for Palestine/Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Toronto New Socialists, and the Campus Antifascist Network. He is also on the Advisory Editorial Board for Historical Materialism: A Journal of Critical Marxist Research and is a member of the Toronto Historical Materialism Group.
A lengthy interview with David about his intellectual and political biography has been published in Socialist Studies, available here
David McNally lives in Toronto with his partner and their three children, all of whom indulge (and often share in) his love of jazz, baseball, and surrealism.