G. William Domhoff

G. William Domhoff
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936
Youngstown, Ohio
Fields Psychology
Institutions University of California, Santa Cruz
Alma mater University of Miami
Kent State University
Duke University
Known for Who Rules America?

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

Early life

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 and 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]





  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.
  3. Keynote address to the Michigan Sociological Association, 2006
  4. "Who Rules America?" blog at UCSC
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