Professor Hahnel taught in the economics department at American University in Washington DC from 1976 to 2008, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has taught as a visitor at The Catholic University in Peru, at the University of Manchester in England, and at Lewis and Clark College. He is currently a visiting professor in the department of economics at Portland State University.
He is best known as a radical economist and co-creator of a post-capitalist economic model known as “participatory economics.” In addition to a dozen book chapters and more than three dozen articles in academic journals, he has published ten books including Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics and The Political Economy of Participatory Economics with Princeton University Press, Economic Justice and Democracy with Routledge, and most recently Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis with M.E. Sharpe.
His current teaching areas include micro and macro economic theory, environmental economics, radical political economy, evolutionary economics, international economics, and history of economic thought. He is currently engaged in research on climate change policy, micro simulation of participatory planning, and Sraffian price theory.
Robin Hahnel has also been a political activist for more than forty years, beginning with the Harvard and MIT chapters of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the anti-Vietnam war movement in the 1960s, more recently with the Southern Maryland Greens and the Movement for Social Justice in Washington DC, and currently with Jobs With Justice, Coalition for a Livable Future, and Organization for a Free Society in Portland Oregon. He was co-chair of the Econvergence Conference held in Portland in October 2009.