Department of Political Science
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3259
spinner AT email.unc.edu
I received my B.A. from the University of Michigan. After graduating I had no plan for my life, and so I went to New Zealand and Australia for several months. I then made my way to Washington, DC, where I got hired by a small public interest group in Washington, D.C. called Citizens for Tax Justice. I worked for CTJ for about two years, and then returned to Ann Arbor for my graduate work. In 1992, I joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska, where I eventually became the Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice. In 2005, I became the Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics in the Department of Political Science, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
My research focuses on the tensions that arise within contemporary liberal and democratic theory, and between theory and practice. I wrote The Boundaries of Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State (1994) andSurviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship (2000) and co-editedMinorities within Minorities: Equality, Right and Diversity (2005). I have written many book chapters and articles, which have appeared in a number of journals, including Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Studies and Perspectives on Politics. My current research project is on radical injustice -- injustices that linger on, without apparent remedy. This project has a comparative cast, and is fueled by examples from the U.S., Israel and India. I have been a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, also at Hebrew University.
Co-editor (with Avigail Eisenberg). Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Surviving Diversity: Religion and Democratic Citizenship (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).
The Boundaries of Citizenship: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in the Liberal State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994; paperback edition, 1996).
Articlesand Book Chapters
“Exclusion, Fear, and Identity in Emerging Democracies” in Ethics, Politics and Democracy, ed. Jose V. Ciprut (Cambridge: MIT Press, forthcoming, 2009).
“Liberalism and Religion: Against Congruence.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law, volume 9, no. 2 (July 2008).
“Democracy, Solidarity and the Possibility of Post-Nationalism,”Political Studies, volume 56, no. 3 (2008).
“From Historic to Enduring Injustice,” Political Theory, volume 35, number 5 (October 2007).
“Multiculturalism and its Critics.” In The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, eds. John Dryzek, Bonnie Honig and Anne Phillips (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
“Hinduism, Christianity, and Liberal Religious Toleration”, Political Theory, volume 33, no. 1 (February 2005).
“Autonomy, Association and Pluralism.” In Minorities within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, eds. Avigail Eisenberg and Jeff Spinner-Halev (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2005).
“National Identity and Self-Esteem,”Perspectives on Politics, volume 1, no. 3 (September 2003). Co-authored with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse.
“Education, Reconciliation and Nested Identities,”Theory and Research in Education, Volume 1, no. 1 (March 2003).
“Unoriginal Sin: Zionism and Democratic Exclusion in Comparative Perspective,” Israel Studies Forum, volume 18, no. 1 (Fall, 2002).
“Feminism, Multiculturalism, Oppression, and the State,” Ethics, volume 112, no. 1 (October, 2001). Translated in Chinese in Zhongxi Zhengzhi Wenhualuncong (Tianjinrenminchubanshe, 2006).
“The Universal Pretensions of Cultural Rights Arguments,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, volume 4, no. 2 (July 2001).
“Land, Culture and Justice: A Framework for Group Rights and Recognition,”Journal of Political Philosophy, volume 8, number 3 (September 2000).
“Extending Diversity: Religion in Public and Private Education.” In Citizenship in Diverse Societies: Theory and Practice, eds. Will Kymlicka and Wayne Norman. (Oxford University Press, 2000). Translated into Bosnian in Dijalog: Casopis za filozofska i drustvena pitanja (Sarajevo) No. 1-2 (2001), pp. 107-130.
“Cultural Pluralism and Partial Citizenship,” in Multicultural Questions, eds. Steven Lukes and Christian Joppke. (Oxford University Press, 1999).
“Land, Identity and Solidarity.” In Nationalite, Citoyennete et Solidarite, ed. Michel Seymour (Montreal: Les Editions Liber, 1999).
“Difference and Diversity in an Egalitarian Democracy,”Journal of Political Philosophy, volume 3, number 3 (September, 1995).
“Constructing Communities: Edmund Burke on Revolution,”Polity, volume XXIII, number 3 (Spring, 1991).