Political Science and the New Arab Public Sphere

Marc Lynch, George Washington University Marc Lynch is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. His work on the new Arab public sphere includes his books Voices of the New Arab Public (Columbia UP, 2006) and The Arab Uprising (PublicAffairs, 2012). With his featured blog and as […]

Economics and the Public Sphere: The Rise of Esoteric Knowledge, Refeudalization, Crisis and Renewal

Erik S. Reinert, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Erik S. Reinert is Professor of Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and President of The Other Canon Foundation, Norway. His work on the history of economics and its public mission includes his book How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor (2007) and the forthcoming […]

Idiosyncrasy as a Tool of Knowledge: Social Criticism in the Age of the Normalized Intellectual

Axel Honneth, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Columbia University Axel Honneth is Director of the Institute for Social Research and Professor of Social Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. His extensive work includes a focus on the foundations of academia’s public interventions. […]

Public Uses of History: Expectations and Ambiguities

Jacques Revel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Jacques Revel is Professor of History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, former EHESS President and Global Distinguished Professorof History and the Institute of French Studies at New York University. His English publications in this area include the co-edited volume Political Uses of […]

New Forms of Communication and the Public Mission of Economics: Overcoming the Great Disconnect

Mark Thoma, University of Oregon Mark Thoma is Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon. He is founding editor of The Economist’s View, an aggregator blog that has emerged as a gateway to and interconnection of the economics blogosphere. Economics has a long history of engagement on important public policy issues, and its early history was […]

Public Sociology as a Return to Political Economy

Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne Wolfgang Streeck is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His work in this area includes a project on the relationship between theories in social science and the practice of politics. A few years ago, at some international social science […]

The Return of the Repressed: Recovering the Public Face of U.S. Sociology

Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley Michael Burawoy is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Since his 2004 Presidential Address to the American Sociological Association (ASA), he has been the leading voice for a public sociology. He initiated and runs the blog Universities in Crisis. He is President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for 2010-2014 and the […]

Historians in Public

Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. His work in this area includes his book Intellect and Public Life (Johns Hopkins, 1993) and the edited volume American Academic Culture in Transformation (Princeton, 1998). It is no easy challenge to situate the place and role of academic scholarship into the public sphere. […]

Historians in Public

Thomas Bender, New York University Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. His work in this area includes his book Intellect and Public Life (Johns Hopkins, 1993) and the edited volumeAmerican Academic Culture in Transformation (Princeton, 1998). It is no easy challenge to situate the place and role of academic […]