Alan Nasser was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA in ancient and modern languages and a PhD in philosophy from Indiana University. He has taught at Indiana University, The State University of New York, Grinnell College, The University of Oregon, The University of Washington, Hampshire College and The Evergreen State College.
Early in his career he taught and wrote on social and political philosophy, legal theory and the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. His interests became concentrated on political economics and for the last thirty years his teaching and writing has been almost exclusively focused on political economy. He has taught and lectured in the US and abroad on the history and theory of capitalism, the work of a broad range of contemporary libertarian, Keynesian and Marxian economists, and, most extensively, on the origins and nature of the current economic crisis and the prospects for capitalism. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, The “New Normal”: Chronic Austerity, the Threat To American Democracy and the Imperative of Resistance.