G. William Domhoff

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George William (Bill) Domhoff (born August 6, 1936) is a research professor in psychology and sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of George William and Helen S. (Cornett) Domhoff. On August 28, 1961, he married Judy Boman, a nursery school teacher; they had four children.


He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Duke University (1958), a Master of Arts in Psychology at Kent State University (1959), and a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Miami (1962).[1]


In the early 1960s, Domhoff was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Los Angeles State College. In 1965, he became an Assistant Professor then an associate professor of psychology in 1969 at the University of California, Cowell College, Santa Cruz, where he is Professor of Psychology and Sociology since 1975.


His first book, Who Rules America?, was a 1960s bestseller arguing that the United States is dominated by an elite ownership class, both politically and economically.[2]

His other books in sociology and power structure research include Finding Meaning in Dreams (1996) and The Scientific Study of Dreams (2003).[3]


The University of California, Santa Cruz, hosts Domhoff's blog, which is titled "Who Rules America?"[4]



  • Differentiation of Productive and Non-productive Character Orientations. a Master of Arts in Psychology, Kent State University, 1959
  • Who Rules America ? 1st ed. 1967,
    • Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance. McGraw-Hill Education, 2009
    • Who Rules America ? Power and Politics. 2013
    • Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich. McGraw-Hill Education, 2013
    • Looseleaf for Who Rules America ? McGraw-Hill Education, 2015
  • How to Commit Revolution in Corporate America : A Tentative Handbook for Practical Radicals. Taschenbuch/Free University/Entwhistle Books/Last Word Press, 1968, Last Word Press 2014
  • C. Wright Mills and the Power Elite. Houghton Mifflin, 1968
  • The Higher Circles. Random house, New York, 1970
  • Fat cats and Democrats. The Role of the Big Rich in the Party of the Common Man. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1972
  • Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats: A Study in Ruling-Class Cohesiveness[1], Harper & Row, ISBN 0-06-131880-9, 1974
  • Who Really Rules?: New Haven and Community Power Reexamined. Transaction Publishers, 1978, 2010
  • The powers that be: processes of ruling-class domination in America. Random House, 1978
  • Power structure research. Sage Publications, 1980
  • The Power Elite and the State: How Policy Is Made in America. Transaction Publishers/Aldine de Gruyter, New York, 1990
  • The Mystique of Dreams: A Search for Utopia Through Senoi Dream Theory. University of California Press,1990
  • Finding Meaning in Dreams: A Quantitative Approach. Plenum 1996, Springer Science 2013
  • State Autonomy Or Class Dominance ? : Case Studies on Policy Making in America. Transaction Publishers/Aldine de Gruyter, New York, 1996
  • The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis. American Psychological Association, 2003
  • Changing the Powers that be: How the Left Can Stop Losing and Win. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003
  • The Myth of Liberal Ascendancy: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. Paradigm Publishers, 2012


  • Quién gobierna Estados Unidos ? Siglo XXI, 1999


  • Blacks in the White Establishment ?: A Study of Race and Class in America. Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Yale University Press, 1993
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top ? Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Yale University Press, 1998
  • Blacks in the White Elite: Will the Progress Continue ? Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003
  • Diversity in the Power Elite: How it Happened, why it Matters. by Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006
  • The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz. Richard Gendron, G. William Domhoff, Westview Press, 2008
  • The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies. Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011


  1. Dohmoff. p.209 in Class in America: An Encyclopedia. by Robert E. Weir ABC-CLIO, 2007
  2. World of Sociology. Gale. November 2000. ISBN 978-0-7876-4965-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Keynote address to the Michigan Sociological Association, 2006
  4. "Who Rules America?" blog at UCSC

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