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Rob Reich

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Robert Reich

Courtesy Professor


Rob Reich is professor of political science and, by courtesy, professor of philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University. He is the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review), both at Stanford University. He is also associate director of the Institute on Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

He is the author or editor of several books on education and a book on the relationship between philanthropy, democracy, and justice: Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better (Princeton University Press 2018) and Philanthropy in Democratic Societies (edited with Chiara Cordelli and Lucy Bernholz). His current work focuses on ethics and technology, and he is editing a new volume called Digital Technology and Democracy (with Lucy Bernholz and Helene Landemore). He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University. He is currently a University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford. He is a board member of the Spencer Foundation and the magazine Boston Review.

Other Titles

Professor, Political Science
Professor (By courtesy), Graduate School of Education

Research Interests

Civic Education | Philosophy | Poverty and Inequality | Sociology

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Recent Publications

Reich, R. (2018). Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better. Princeton University Press.

Laitin, D. D., & Reich, R. (2017). Trust, Transparency, and Replication in Political Science. PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS, 50(1), 172–75.

Reich, R. (2016). Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies. PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS, 49(3), 466–71.

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