Co-Directors 2018-07-04T16:46:55-04:00


Carol C. Gould (Distinguished Professor, Philosophy and Political Science, The Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY): Professor Carol Gould is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and is a member of the Doctoral Faculties of Political Science and Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is also Director of the Center for Global Ethics and Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. She is the Editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy and Executive Director of the Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs. She has previously taught at Lehman College, Swarthmore College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Columbia University, George Mason University, and Temple University.  Gould has held fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Fulbright Foundation, as Senior Scholar in France and as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Political and Social Science at the European University Institute in Florence. Gould is the author of Marx’s Social Ontology (MIT Press, 1978), Rethinking Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 1988), and Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which received the 2009 David Easton Best Book Award from the Foundations of Political Theory Section of the American Political Science Association. She has edited seven books including Women and Philosophy (1976); The Information Web: Ethical and Social Implications of Computer Networking (1989); Gender (1999) and Cultural Identity and the Nation-State (2003), and has published over seventy articles in political philosophy, social theory, feminist theory, philosophy of law, and applied ethics.

Professor Ruth O’Brien (Graduate Center) writes about American politics and the Political Science Ph.D. & M.A. unique specialization she founded that GC President Bill Kelly coined – Writing Politics.  Her lastest forthcoming book is Out of Many One: Obama and the Third American Political Tradition (University of Chicago Press, May 2013). “A truly original book, Out of Many One will enrage and persuade” writes Columbia J-School’s Distinguished Professor & Journalist Thomas Byrnes Edsall in the foreword.  She keynoted an earlier incarnation of this book at Copenhagen Business School’s One Year Out.  Her other single authored books by O’Brien are: Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace (University of Chicago Press, 2001), which received an honorable mention from Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry; and Workers’ Paradox: The Republican Origins of the New Deal Labor Policy, 1886-1935  (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).  Her emphasis in Writing Politics is emanated in two books she edited: Telling Stories out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination (ILR, Cornell University Press, 2008) and Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, 2004), also earning them an honorable mention from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry, as well as being featured at NYPL ADA celebrating this law’s 20th Anniversary  She is an adjunct affiliated scholar with the Center for American Progress in Washington, D. C.

O’Brien is a Princeton University Press book series editor for The Public Square (click GC-drawn icon below), including books and forthcoming books by our 2011 Sawyer Mellon discussants and/or speakers: Danielle Allen, Anne Norton, Joan Wallach Scott, and Martha Fineman, among others.  The 8 Public Square books earned a dozen awards, so far.


Richard Wolin (Distinguished Professor, History, Political Science and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center): Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History, Comparative Literature and Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he has worked since 2000. He has published widely on topics such as French and German intellectual history, the Frankfurt School, and other subjects. His publications include The Wind from the East: May ’68, French Intellectuals, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, The Frankfurt School Revisited and Other Essays on Politics and Society, Herbert Marcuse, Heideggerian Marxism, The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism From Nietzsche to Postmodernism, and Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, Herbert Marcuse.  He writes regularly for Dissent and The New Republic, among other outlets. His books have been translated into eight languages.


Omar Dahbour (Associate Professor, Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College): Professor Omar Dahbour teaches in the Philosophy Department at CUNY Graduate Center and has taught full-time at Hunter College since 1998. His recent publications include “Borders, Consent, and Democracy” in Journal of Social Philosophy, “The Response to Terrorism: Moral Condemnation or Ethical Judgment?” in Philosophical Forum, and “Three Models of Global Community” in Journal of Ethics; a book, Illusion of the Peoples: A Critique of National Self-Determination (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); and other articles or chapters, such as “National Identity: An Argument for the Strict Definition” in Public Affairs Quarterly (2002) and “Self-Determination without Nationalism” in Beyond Nationalism?, ed. Dallmayr and Rosales (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001). He is co-editor (with Micheline Ishay) of The Nationalism Reader.