Richard  Lachmann

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I am deeply sadden by the news of Richard's passing. He was my professor in Grad School and the Chair of my dissertation, situations in which I benefitted greatly from his deep and sharp intelect. He also supported me when I was going through some difficulties. Moreover, he was always willing to provide advicing and guidance even until now, long after I left Grad School. His kindness and witty humor were instrumental in his teaching and advicing. We have lost a great professor and a wonderful human being. You will be sorely missed Richard...


Posted by: Anibal Gauna - Lima, Peru - Student   Sep 22, 2021

I am deeply sadden by the news of Richard's passing. He was my professor in Grad School and the Chair of my dissertation, situations in which I benefitted greatly from his deep and sharp intelect. He also supported me when I was going through some difficulties. Moreover, he was always willing to provide advicing and guidance even until now, long after I left Grad School. His kindness and witty humor were instrumental in his teaching and advicing. We have lost a great professor and a wonderful human being. You will be sorely missed Richard...


Posted by: Aníbal Gauna - Lima, Peru - Student   Sep 22, 2021

Richard was my professor a few years ago. I cannot express the sadness of hearing the news of his passing. Although it has been years, and kilometers keep us apart, his very life had and still have a very profound impact on me as scholar and human being. I have nothing but admiration for him. I teach now "introduction to marxism" to sociology students in Mexico, and his techings and his work have undoubtely been very useful. But what I

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Posted by: Susana Muniz - Mexico, NY - Student   Sep 22, 2021

What a beautiful humble soul & spirit. We were in the same elementary school class from 2nd thru 6th grade. We affectionately called ourselves “Zimlers 90 Kids”. He was a foodie and running into him and his lovely wife Arlyn last summer on the LES we promised to have a dinner that was never to be. Salute to his brilliance and an invite to a 5th grade birthday party that I will never forget


Posted by: Michael - Friend   Sep 22, 2021

It is hard to believe that Richard has passed. He and I worked together for the Political Sociology Section. He helped me quite a bit while I was chair and he was chair elect. Based on one of his sessions at ASA in Philadelphia on Donald Trump, we and others organized an ASA mini-conference on populism in the US, Europe, South America and elsewhere. It was a big endeavor with 50 panels so his help was essential. I also asked

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Posted by: Thomas Janoski - Lexington, KY - Friend   Sep 22, 2021

I was very fortunate to be Richard's student and mentee. He cared about teaching sociology as much as he cared about the well-being of his students. As a foreigner, I always felt supported by his wise words of advice on how to navigate academia and life in the US. I often wondered how he made time to talk to me and so many other students and colleagues, regardless of how busy he was. He was a brilliant intellectual and a very kind, generous and compassionate human being. I will do my best to carry forward his lessons and wonderful qualities.


Posted by: Lourdes Aguas - ALBANY, NY - Student   Sep 22, 2021

I am so sad to hear about the passing of Prof.Lachmann. I first met him in 2014 in a political sociology workshop in China. Through the years, I benefit a lot from his comments and suggestions on papers Yimang and I collaborate. His work and help will be always remembered.


Posted by: Bolun Zhang - San Diego, CA - Acquaintance   Sep 21, 2021

I am shocked at the news of Prof. Lachmann's passing. He just replied to my email on August 31, 2021 and wrote an article discussing the 9/11 several days ago. so unexpected and I just cannot accept. I cannot believe but the fact is that I will never have a chance to seek advice from my great mentor and my dissertation committee member. I still remember the day in this year's April when I defended my dissertation, Prof. Lachmann offered

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Posted by: Huidong Peng - Student   Sep 21, 2021

I can't express how heartbroken I am to hear of Professor Richard Lachmann's passing. When I saw the book he put in my mailbox at the beginning of this semester, I still couldn't believe we had to say goodbye to him permanently. I was fortunate to have the chance to sit in his classes, get his mentorship and encouragement. I believe his legacy will nourish the rest of my life. He gave me the most important lessons in my life----He

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Posted by: Yi Lu - Albany, NY - Student   Sep 21, 2021

Richard was one of the great, original political and comparative historical sociologists of our generation. His work was searching, well-argued and also careful. He also contributed in important ways as a democratic socialist and thoughtful analyst of American as well as global politics. Not least, he was a warm and generous person - one with whom it was a pleasure to share an academic discipline and public commitments.


Posted by: Craig Calhoun - Paradise Valley, AZ - Friend   Sep 21, 2021