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Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Wallerstein giving a talk at a seminar at the European University at St. Petersburg (May 24, 2008)
Born (1930-09-28) September 28, 1930 (age 86)
New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Occupation sociologist, scholar
Known for World-systems theory
Website www.iwallerstein.com
Academic background
Education Ph.D.
Alma mater Columbia University
Thesis title The Emergence of Two West African Nations: Ghana and the Ivory Coast
Thesis year 1959
Doctoral advisor Robert Staughton Lynd
Influences Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Fernand Braudel, Raúl Prebisch,Sigmund Freud, Karl Polanyi, Joseph Schumpeter Frantz Fanon, Ilya Prigogine
Academic work
Discipline Sociologist, Historian
Sub discipline Historical sociology, Comparative sociology, World-systems theory
Institutions McGill University, Binghamton University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Yale University

Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein (/ˈwɔːlərstn/; born September 28, 1930) is an American sociologist, historical social scientist, and world-systems analyst, arguably best known for his development of the general approach in sociology which led to the emergence of his world-systems approach. He publishes bimonthly syndicated commentaries on world affairs.

Having grown up in a politically conscious family, Wallerstein first became interested in world affairs as a teenager while living in New York City. He received all three of his degrees from Columbia University: a BA in 1951, a MA in 1954, and a PhD in 1959. However, throughout his life, Wallerstein has also studied at other universities around the world, including Oxford University from 1955–56,Université libre de Bruxelles, Universite Paris 7 Denis Diderot, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

From 1951 to 1953, Wallerstein served in the U.S. Army. After returning from his service, he wrote his master's thesis on McCarthyism as a phenomenon of American political culture, which was widely cited and which, Wallerstein states, "confirmed my sense that I should consider myself, in the language of the 1950s, a 'political sociologist'". Eleven years later, on May 25, 1964, he married Beatrice Friedman; the couple has one daughter.