John Walton

John Walton Portrait

Position Title
Professor Emeritus



  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Focus

Historical and Comparative Sociology, Social Change and Revolution, Political Economy of Development, Urban Sociology, Cultural Sociology


The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction

The book The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction, John Walton is published by University of Chicago Press.

  • 2003 Storied Land: Community and Memory in Monterey, University of California Press.
  • 1994 Free Markets and Food Riots: The Politics of Global Adjustment, Oxford, U.K., Blackwell Publishers.
  • 1992 Western Times and Water Wars: State, Culture and Rebellion in California, University of California Press.
  • 1984 Reluctant Rebels: Comparative Studies of Revolution and Underdevelopment, New York, Columbia University Press.


  • Leverhulme Trust Fellowship UK, 2001
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center Visiting Scholar, 1993
  • Robert E. Park Award (American Sociological Association, 1993)
  • J. S. Holiday Award (California Historical Society, 1993)