Josh Mound was born in Youngstown, Ohio, less than a decade after the Jeannette Blast Furnace (the most identifiable structure of the city's dying steel industry, thanks to a Bruce Springsteen song) shut down for good. His family's history with the steel industry (both his grandfathers were steel workers) and the Mahoning Valley's tribulations (deindustrialization, a widening gap between haves and have-nots, persistent racial inequality, Youngstown's fiscal crises, etc.) in the years before and after the "Jenny" shut down shaped his interest in political economy and inequality in all its forms from an early age.
A first-generation bachelor's student, Josh graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College in three years with a B.S. in journalism, then completed an M.S. in journalism the following year.
After graduating from Ohio University, Josh was an editorial fellow at the Cleveland Scene "alt-weekly," and his writing also appeared in the Youngstown Vindicator and numerous independent music magazines.
Following his time at Cleveland Scene, Josh entered the University of Michigan as a doctoral student in the History Department. The following year, he applied to UM's Sociology department and began pursuing a self-created joint-Ph.D. in History and Sociology, which he received in January 2016.
He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia and was previously the Postdoctoral Fellow in American Political Economy at the Smith Institute for Political Economy at Miami University of Ohio.