My name is Micah Uetricht, and I’m the editor of Jacobin magazine. I’m the author of two books: Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity (2014) and, with Meagan Day, Bigger than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism (2020), both from Verso Books. I am currently at work on a book on New Left–era radicals who “industrialized” beginning in the 1970s, obtaining jobs in industries like auto, railroads, and coal mining with the intention of organizing.
I also was the host of the Jacobin podcast The Vast Majority and work as newsletter editor and occasional guest host of the podcast The Dig. I occasionally teach a class on writing for organizers through the journal The Forge. I’m working on a documentary on the Teamsters’ 1997 UPS strike.
I have a decade and a half of writing and editorial experience and am available for freelance opportunities to edit articles, pamphlets, books, scripts, and more.
I live in New York City.
- “The Tragedy and Triumph of an Organizing Campaign,” the New Republic, August 4, 2022 — review of Daisy Pitkin’s On the Line
- “Amid the Wildfires: Mike Davis’s Forecast for the Left,” the Nation, February 22/March 1, 2021 issue — review essay on the life and work of Mike Davis
- “What Today’s Socialists Can Learn From the Heyday of American Communism,” In These Times, May 2020 issue — review of Vivian Gornick’s The Romance of American Communism
- “Socialism Butterfly,” Bookforum, February/March 2020 issue — review of Nathan Robinson’s Why You Should Be a Socialist
- “In 2000, Pete Buttigieg Wrote an Essay Praising Bernie Sanders. What, Exactly, Did He Admire?,” the Intercept, December 10, 2019 — meditations on Buttigieg’s teenage essay on Sanders
- “Joker Isn’t an Ode to the Far Right — It’s a Warning Against Austerity,” Guardian, October 11, 2019 — review of Joker
- “The Welfare State They Were In,” Jacobin, July 20, 2019 — on the origins of the indie pop band Belle and Sebastian in a Scottish welfare state program
- “US Union Revitalization and the Missing ‘Militant Minority,'” Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 1, March 2019 — historical overview of the role of the “militant minority” in US labor history, arguing for its centrality in potential US labor revitalization, coauthored with Barry Eidlin
- “The Beginning of the End of Capitalist Realism,” Jacobin, January 30, 2019 — on the late writer Mark Fisher
- “Remember El Mozote,” Jacobin, December 12, 2016 — overview of the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador and its aftermath, coauthored with Branko Marcetic
- “Remembering Nelson Peery, Chicagoan and Dyed-in-the-Wool Communist,” Chicago Reader, November 3, 2015 — reported obituary on the death of a longtime radical activist
- “10-Year Strike at Chicago’s Congress Hotel Ends in Defeat, But Leaves a Legacy,” In These Times, May 31, 2013 — retrospective on the end of the decade-long Congress Hotel strike in Chicago