Worcester State University
Physical and Earth Sciences


Stephen Healy

Contact Information
Associate Professor
Worcester State University
Department of Physical & Earth Sciences
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Office: ST410 N
Phone: (
508) 929-8908
Email: shealy2@worcester.edu

PhD Geography,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006
MS Geography, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2001
BA Social Ecology, Hampshire College, 1994

Teaching Interests
I teach introduction to Human Geography (GE 102) each semester.  The course of has become a context for me to introduce students to the major areas of inquiry within human geography as a social science as well as reflect on what Bruno Latour refers to as “matters of concern”: human identity and belonging, economic inequality and development, urbanization, social and ecological challenges such as climate change.  These “matters of concern” are defined a least in part by matters of fact but the contours of their reality are shaped by human decisions and human values.  Frequently what is required to address “matters of concern” is to de-naturalize what is taken for granted as fact, to challenge fixed ideas about how market economies or cities function for example or, for that matter, what qualities are inherent in human nature.   I explore some of these same matters of concern more deeply in Sustainable Communities (GE 285) and Urban Geography (GE 250).  In addition to these courses it has been my responsibility to teach Geographic Research Methods (GE 315) and Senior Seminar (GE 400). 

Research Interests
Community economies, marxian theory, subjectivity, psychoanalytic theory
“What is at stake is the creation of values, not simply the act of adhering to already existing values. … All great sublimations (art, sciences, religion) create new values, transform things into values.” (Alenca Zupancic. 2003 Shortest Shadow  (New York: Verso) 73)

Historically my work has explored the relationship between subjectivity and economy through the lens of Marxian and psychoanalytic theory. The areas in which this research interest takes shape has varied over time: health care reform in the United States, the work of informal care givers, cooperative development for marginalized populations, efforts to integrate environmental concerns into teaching and the process of regional development.

Pursuing this research project has led me to deepen my commitment to a group of international and interdisciplinary scholars known as the Community Economies Collective CEC. I understand the CEC’s common project to be one of developing and learning to speak a new language of economy. The practice of speaking this language is learning to revalue every day care, ordinary places and labors and to find in them both meaning and potential. Our aim is to give voice to an economy of values capable of holding and expressing our commitments to others.


2013 Gibson-Graham, J.K., Cameron, J. and Healy, S. Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide For Transforming Our Communities (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)

Book Chapters

2013 Healy, S. with S. Bergeron. “Beyond the 'Business Case': a Community Economies Approach to Gender, Development and Social Economy” (forthcoming)

2013  Healy, S., “Ethics in Search of a Market: Worker Cooperatives, Resubjectivation and Market Creation”  in Performing Diverse Economies edited by  Gerda Roelvink, Kevin St. Martin and J.K. Gibson-Graham,  University of Minnesota Press (forthcoming)

2013 Healy, S. “Psychoanalysis and the Geography of the Anthropocene: Fantasy, Oil Addiction and the Politics of Global Warming” in Psychoanalytic Geographies edited by Paul Kingsbury and Stephen Pile, Ashgate Publishing (forthcoming)
2009  Healy, S., “Alternative Economies.” In Thrift, N. and Kitchin, R., (eds) The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 338-344. (Oxford: Elsevier). (5 citations on Google Scholar)

2008 Healy, S., “Beyond Reform vs. Revolution.” In J. Allard, C. Davidson, and J. Matthaei, (eds.) Solidarity Economy: Building Economic Alternatives, 106-108,113-114, 116-117. (Chicago: Changemaker Publications).

2008 Healy, S., J. Cornwell, T. White and K. Werner, “Building Community Economies Any Time Any Place.” In J. Allard, C. Davidson, and J. Matthaei, (eds.) Solidarity Economy: Building Economic Alternatives, 124-54. (Chicago: Changemaker Publications).

2008  Healy, S. and J. Graham, “Building Community Economies: A Postcapitalist Project of Sustainable Development.” In D. Ruccio and S. Cullenberg (eds) Economic Representations: Academic and Everyday, 291-314. (New York: Routledge). (7 citations on Google Scholar)

Refereed Journals

2011 Healy, S., “Cooperation, Surplus Appropriation, and the Law’s Enjoyment,” Rethinking Marxism 23(3): 364-370. (2 citations Google Scholar)

2010 Healy, S., “Traversing Fantasies, Activating Desires: Economic Geography, Activist Research and Psychoanalytic Methodology,” Professional Geographer, 62(4): 496-506. (2 citations Google Scholar)

2008  Healy, S., “Caring for Ethics and the Politics of Health Care Reform,” Gender, Place and Culture, 15(3): 267-284. (8 citations Google Scholar)

2006  Byrne, K. and S. Healy, “Co-operative Subjects: Towards a Post-Fantasmatic Enjoyment of the Economy,” Rethinking Marxism 18(2): 241-258. (24 citations Google Scholar)

2002 Graham, J., S. Healy, and K. Byrne, “Constructing the Community Economy: Civic Professionalism and the Politics of Sustainable Regions,” Journal of Appalachian Studies 8(1): 50-61. (14 citations Google Scholar)

2001 Community Economies Collective, “Imagining and Enacting Noncapitalist Futures,” Socialist Review 28(3&4): 93-135. (One of two principal authors). (35 citations Google Scholar)

Book Reviews

2008 Healy, S. Review of Real Cities: Modernity, Space and the Phantasmagorias of City Life, by Stephen Pile, in Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, 9(3): 343-351.

Articles in Non-Reviewed Journals and Magazines

2013 Healy, S. and B. Shear. “Warm Bodies: Zom-Rom Solidarity Econ.” Truthout.org

2012 Healy, S. and B. Shear. “The Progressive Struggle to Save Capitalism.” Truthout.org

2011 Healy, S. and B. Shear. “Occupy Wall St: A Gift for the Economy.”  Truthout.org

2011 Healy, S. and B. Shear.  “The Making of a New Economy.”


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