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). His articles have appeared in many journals, including Historical Materialism, Capital and Class, History of Political Thought, New Politics, Studies in Political Economy, and Review of Radical Political Economics.
David’s research interests include the theory and practice of democracy, Marxism and anti-racism, socialist-feminism, classical and Marxian political economy, 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, No One Is Illegal—Toronto, Faculty for Palestine/Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, the New Socialist Group, and the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly. 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, which organizes a biennial conference at York University.
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, Sue Ferguson, and their children, Adam, Sam and Liam, all of whom indulge (and often share in) his love of jazz, baseball, and surrealism.