Joseph Fracchia

Joseph Fracchia

Professor Emeritus of History 

Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC AREAS: German Social and Intellectual History, Historical Theory, Philosophy of History, History of Philosophy

Past Courses

HC 232H Historical Thinking in a Global Framework, 1360-Present

HC 431H Utopian Impulses, Utopian Visions, Utopian Realities

HC 431H Bodies and Artifacts

HC 431H Utopian Visions of the Future

HC 431H History of the Left in Europe and the U.S.

Academic Background

Ph.D., History, University of California - Davis, 1985
M.A., History, University of California - Santa Barbara, 1975
B.A., History, University of California - Davis, 1972

Professor Fracchia has been with the Clark Honors College for almost 30 years. He has published extensively both in English and German, as well as contributed significantly to translating works between the two languages. Professor Fracchia is active in curriculum development as well as his own research, and has received a dozen research grants and teaching fellowships.

Research Interests & Current Projects

Professor Fracchia's work combines the History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of History in order to critically examine Marxist social and political theories, as well as how those theories have been put into practice in different places and times. He is currently working on the manuscript for his next book, Historical Materialism as Corporeal Semiotics: The Corporeal Foundations of Society and Culture

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2007: Thomas F. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2004: Instructional Technology Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 2002: Tom and Carol Williams Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 1998: Robert F. and Evelyn Nelson Wulf Professorship for Ethical Studies
  • 1998: Humanities Center Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 1993: Humanities Center Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 1993: Coleman-Guitteau Course Development Fellowship
  • 1992: Coleman-Guitteau Professorship in the Humanities
  • 1990: Fulbright Faculty Study Tour to Hungary
  • 1988: Ersted Distinguished Teaching Award


  • 1999: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Research Grant, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 1998: Summer Research Grant, "Ethnicity, Culture, and Politics in Piana degli Albanesi," University of Oregon
  • 1993: Summer Research Grant, University of Oregon 
  • 1992: Humanities Center Research Grant, University of Oregon

Selected Publications

For a complete publication list see professor Fracchia's Curriculum Vitae.


  • 1987, The Marxian Transcendence of Philosophy and Philosophical Marxism: Toward a Reconstruction of Marx’s Conception of Science and the Relation between Theory and Praxis through a Critique of Georg Lukács, Karl Korsch, Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, New York: Peter Lang. (In German)


  • 2013, "The Philosophical Leninism and 'Western Marxism' of Georg Lukács," Historical Materialism, Vol. 21, No. 1: 69-93.
  • 2010, "Hora: Social Conflicts and Collective Memories in Piana degli Albanesi," Past and Present, No. 209: 181-222.
  • 2008, "The Capitalist Labor Process and the Body in Pain: The Corporeal Depths of Marx’s Concept of Immiseration," Historical Materialism, Vol. 16, No. 4: 35-66.