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Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in Education
University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Reviewed to date in New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, Ethics, Political Theory, Philosophy in Review, Theory and Research in Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Contemporary Sociology, Educational Policy, Times Educational Supplement.

Democracy at Risk: Toward a Political Science of Citizenship
Brookings Institution Press, 2005.
(This is the final report of the Standing Committee on Civic Education and Engagement of the American Political Science Association, of which I was a member between 2002 and 2005. The report has multiple authors. Stephen Macedo of Princeton University was the chair of the committee.)

Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin
This volume stems from a conference on Okin, and contains articles by some of the top feminist and political philosophers working today. They are organized around a set of themes central to Okin’s work, namely liberal theory, gender and the family, feminist and cultural differences, and global justice. Included are major figures such as Joshua Cohen, David Miller, Cass Sunstein, Alison Jaggar, and Iris Marion Young, among others. Their aim is not to celebrate Okin’s work, but to constructively engage with it and further its goals.

Allen-Reich_coverEducation, Justice, and Democracy, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

A co-edited volume (with Danielle Allen, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) focusing on intersections between normative and empirical approaches to the study of and purpose of education.  I am co-author of the introductory chapter and single author of a chapter in the volume.  Contributors include: Anthony Laden, Susanna Loeb, Richard Rothstein, Helen Ladd, Harry Brighouse, Adam Swift.

Occupy the Future cover imageOccupy the Future, MIT Press/Boston Review, 2013.

A co-edited volume (with David Grusky, Doug McAdam, and Debra Satz) produced in the wake of the Occupy movement that examines the consequences of severe inequality for democracy and identifies reforms that could bring democratic institutions in closer alignment with democratic ideals.  I co-wrote the introduction and chapter on Ethics and Inequality. Contributors include: Kenneth Arrow, David Laitin, Paul and Anne Ehrlich, Sean Reardon, and Gary Segura.

Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Comment on Thomas Pogge: Are We Violating the Human Rights of the Global Poor?” forthcoming in Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal.

“Philanthropy and Caring For the Needs of Strangers,” in Social Research, Vol. 80, No. 2, 2013: 517-538.

“Equality, Adequacy, and K12 Education,” in Education, Justice, and Democracy, Danielle Allen and Rob Reich, University of Chicago Press, 2013.

“Educational Authority and Children’s Rights,” chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education, Harvey Siegel, ed. Oxford University Press, 2009.

How and Why to Support Common Schooling and Educational Choice at the Same Time,” Journal of Philosophy of Education Vol. 41 (4) 2007: 709-725.

On Regulating Homeschooling: A Reply to Glanzer,” Educational Theory, Vol. 58 (1) 2008: 17-23.

“Common Schooling and Educational Choice as a Response to Pluralism,” lead essay in School Choice Policies and Outcomes: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives on Limits to Choice in Liberal Democracies, Walter Feinberg and Christopher Lubienski, eds. (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2008). [31 pages]

“When Adequate Isn’t: The Retreat From Equity in Educational Law and Policy and Why it Matters”, with William S. Koski, Emory Law Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (2006).

“Philanthropy and its Uneasy Relation to Equality” in Taking Philanthropy Seriously: Beyond Noble Intentions to Responsible Giving, William Damon and Susan Verducci, eds. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006)

“A Failure of Philanthropy: American Charity Shortchanges the Poor, and Public Policy is Partly to Blame,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2005: 24-33.

“Why Homeschooling Should Be Regulated” forthcoming in Homeschooling in Full View: A Reader, Bruce S. Cooper, ed. (Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2005).

“Minors Within Minorities: A Problem for Liberal Multiculturalists” in Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights, and Diversity, Jeff Spinner-Halev and Avigail Eisenberg, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“A Liberal Democratic Approach to Language Justice” co-author with David Laitin, in Language Rights and Political Theory, Will Kymlicka and Alan Patten, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003.

“Multicultural Accommodations in Education” in Citizenship and Education in Liberal-Democratic Societies: Teaching for Cosmopolitan Values and Collective Identities, Walter Feinberg and Kevin McDonough, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003.

“Common Schooling and Educational Choice” an entry in A Companion to the Philosophy of Education, Randall Curren, ed., Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

“Opting Out of Education: Yoder, Mozert, and the Autonomy of Children” Educational Theory, Vol. 52, No. 4, Fall 2002.

“Testing the Boundaries of Parental Authority Over Education: The Case of Homeschooling” Political and Moral Education, NOMOS XLIII, Stephen Macedo and Yael Tamir, eds., New York: New York University Press, 2002.

“The Civic Perils of Homeschooling” Educational Leadership, April 2002. (Translated into Georgian, and appearing in the Georgian Journal of American Studies, 2005).

“Families and Schools as Compensating Agents in Moral Development for a Multicultural Society” with Susan Moller Okin, The Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 28, No. 3, 1999.

“Confusion About the Socratic Method: Socratic Paradoxes and Contemporary Invocations of Socrates” in Philosophy of Education: 1998, Philosophy of Education Society, Urbana, IL.

“Revitalizing the Ecosystem for Youth: A New Perspective for School Reform” with Michael Timpane, Phi Delta Kappan., February 1997.

“The Paradoxes of Education in Rorty’s Liberal Utopia” in Philosophy of Education: 1996, Philosophy of Education Society, Urbana, IL.

“Re-Examining the Team A – Team B Exercise” The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1989.


“Much Ado About MOOCs” part of an online forum (with William Bowen, Michael Gecan, and Thomas Leddy) on online learning in Boston Review, June 2013.

“What are Foundations For?”, cover article in Boston Review March/April 2013.

Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford University, 2012. (Co-Author of report, and member of committee tasked with revising undergraduate education.)

“Ethics and Inequality” with Debra Satz, online at Boston Review, Dec. 2011

Report of the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education, participant and co-author of final report, released by the Public Education Network, 2011.

Introduction to the Symposium on Equality and Adequacy,” a special issue of the journal Education, Finance and Policy, Vol. 3 (4) (2008).  Contains articles by Helen Ladd, Debra Satz, Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift, and Kenneth Strike.

Equality and Adequacy in the State’s Provision of Education: Mapping the Conceptual Landscape”, a report prepared for Getting Down to Facts, a research project released in March 2007 consisting of more than 20 studies designed to provide California’s citizens with comprehensive information about the status of the state’s school finance and governance systems. For more information, see:

Philanthropy and Its Uneasy Relation to Equality,” Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, Vol. 26 (3/4) (2006), published by the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

“Service Learning and Multiple Models of Engaged Citizenship”, Boston University Journal of Education, Vol. 186 (1) 2005: 23-28.

“Editor’s Introduction” for a special issue of Theory and Research in Education on the work of Susan Moller Okin, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2006: 7-8. [I was guest editor for this issue.]

Why Homeschooling Should Be Regulated,” in Homeschooling in Full View: A Reader, Bruce S. Cooper, ed. (Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, 2005): 109-120.

“The Liberal Reach: Teaching Humanities to the Poor” an essay with Debra Satz, Dissent, Winter 2004.

“A Brief Response to Papers by David Laitin and François Grin” in Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity, Philippe Van Parijs ed., Brussels: Deboeck Université, “Francqui Scientific Library”, 2004.

“The Socratic Method: What it is and How to Use it in the Classroom” a lecture delivered in 2003 at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University, as part of its Award Winning Teachers on Teaching lecture series.

An entry on Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Archaic Torso of Apollo” in Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner, eds., (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2003).

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