Stephen A. Resnick, 74, of Newton Center, professor emeritus of Economics and Helen Sheridan Memorial Scholar, died Jan. 2 of leukemia.
Born in New Bedford, he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in economics in 1963.
As a graduate student, Resnick was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 1960-62 and held a Brookings Institution fellowship from 1962-63.
After completing his doctorate, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of the Philippines from 1964-65.
He joined the faculty of Yale University in 1965 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1970. From 1971-73, he taught at the City College of New York.
In 1973, he joined the Economics Department, where he taught economic development, economic theory and economic history. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s top honor for classroom excellence, as well as the College Outstanding Teacher award in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
He served several terms as the chair of the Economics Department’s personnel committee.
He was the co-author or co-editor of eight books and many articles. In 2006, “New Departures in Marxian Theory” by Resnick and Economics professor Richard Wolff, was published by Routledge Press.
Resnick and Wolff’s earlier work, “Class Theory and History: Capitalism, Communism, and the USSR" was later published in Greek, Korean and Portuguese editions.
Resnick was a founder of the journal Rethinking Marxism and served on its editorial board until 1994. He was also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary Asia and the American Economic Review.
Resnick retired from the faculty in 2011 but continued to work part-time in the department.
He leaves his wife, Charlotte, son Peter and his wife Lisa of Arlington, daughters Karen Braverman and her husband Michael of Sudbury and Lynn Minchello and husband David of Arlington, six grandchildren and a brother and sister-in-law.
Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of one’s choice.