Cal Winslow is Director of the Mendocino Institute and a past Fellow in Environmental History at the University of California, Berkeley. He was trained at Antioch College and Warwick University, where he studied under the direction of the late Edward Thompson. He is a co-author with Thompson of Albion's Fatal Tree. After Warwick he worked as a warehouseman, truck driver and journalist, as a participant in and observer of the 1970’s rank-and-file workers’ rebellion in the US. He was a professor of labor studies at the Center for Worker Education, City College of New York, and he was a visiting Senior Lecturer at the Northern College for Residential Adult Education in South Yorkshire, also a visiting professor at the Evergreen State College.
His most recent book is River of Fire, Commons, Crisis and the Imagination. He is editor of E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left and co-editor of Rebel Rank and File, Labor Militancy and Revolt from below During the Long 1970s. He is an author of West of Eden, Communes and Utopia in Northern California, co-edited with Iain Boal, Janferie Stone and Michael Watts. He is author of Labor’s Civil War in California and is a regular contributor to CounterPunch.
As a KZYX programmer, he has produced several public affairs reports, including the following series: “Ecology and Community,” “An Antinomian Hour,” “Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Talking about Socialism,” “Where are We Now?” and “Our Hispanic Heritage.”
He lives with his family on the Mendocino Coast near Caspar. He has four children: Jessie, Samantha, Rosie and Matthew. He and his wife, Faith Simon, a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics, are founding members of Mendocino Parents for Peace and are associated with the Bay Area gathering Retort.