Rob Reich | Political Theory

Stanford University
Associate Professor of Political Science


Visiting after reading Not Very Giving in the New York Times?

Read this short piece on Medium on for additional background. For more detailed information about private donations to public schools, see my 2005 article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, A Failure of Philanthropy: American Charity Shortchanges the Poor, and Public Policy is Partly to Blame  And for the really big picture on the fundamental role of schools in our society, see this new book, Education, Justice, and Democracy, that I co-edited with Danielle Allen.


Recent Work:

“Philanthropy and Caring for the Needs of Strangers,” article in Social Research, Summer 2013.

“Much Ado About MOOCs”, part of an online forum on online education at Boston Review, June 2013.

“What are Foundations For?” Boston Review, March/April 2013.  A Boston Review forum discussion, with responses by Stanley Katz, Paul Brest, Larry Kramer, Diane Ravitch, Christopher J. Coyne, Deborah Fung, Rick Cohen, Scott Nielsen, Tyler Cowen, Seana Shiffrin, Pablo Eisenberg, Robert K. Ross, Eric Beerbohm, Gara LaMarche, and Emma Saunders-Hastings

Occupy the Future, David Grusky, Doug McAdam, Rob Reich, Debra Satz, eds., Boston Review/MIT Press, 2013: (Amazon, Powell’s, MIT Press)

Education, Justice, and Democracy, Danielle Allen and Rob Reich, eds.,  University of Chicago Press 2013. (Amazon, Powell’s, U Chicago Press)


Forthcoming Work

Drawing upon much of my research over the past few years, I am currently completing a book entitled Just Giving: the ethics of philanthropy.


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Contact Information:

Department of Political Science
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6044
voice: (650) 723-2608; fax: (650) 723-1808
email: reich at stanford dot edu

center on ethics in society
school of education
haas center for public service
center for comparative studies in race and ethnicity
urban studies program
institute for research on education policy and practice
center on philanthropy and civil society

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