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Constantine Mitsotakis Professsor in the School of Humanities and Sciences (Departments of Political Science and Classics). Stanford University.

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Department of History, 1980.

2006 - Stanford University.
1990-2006. Princeton University.
1980-1990 Montana State University.

2009 President of the American Philological Association

2007 Balmuth Lecturer. Tufts University.

2006 University of Sydney. Visiting Fellow

2004-9 Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington DC). Senior Fellow.

2004-5 Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences. Fellowship (residential)

2004 Wesson Lecturer in Problems of Democracy. Stanford University

2003-4 Paul H. Nitze Senior Fellow. St. Mary's College (Maryland).

2003 Biggs Resident in Classics.Washington University in St. Louis.

2001 Nichols Visiting Professor in Humanities and the Public Sphere. U. of California at Irvine

2000 Professeur invite. Centre de recherche Gustave Glotz, Universite Paris 1 Sorbonne

1997 Clare Hall, Cambridge. Visiting Fellowship

1997 National Endowment for the Humanities. Fellowship for University Teachers

1996-97 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Fellowship

1994 Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lecturer. Oberlin College.

1991 University of New England, Australia. Visiting Fellow,

1989 90 Center for Hellenic Studies. Fellowship (residential)

1989 90 American Council of Learned Societies. Fellowship

1989 American Philological Association. Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit (year's best book) for Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens

1989 Montana State University. Wiley Award for Meritorious Research

1989 National Endowment for Humanities. Summer Research Stipend

1986 87 University of Michigan. Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History.

1983 84 National Humanities Center. Fellowship (residential)

1981 American Council of Learned Societies. Fellowship for Recent Ph.D's

1981 National Endowment for Humanities. Summer Research Stipend


2002-3 Acting Director. University Center for Human Values. Princeton University

1999-2002. Senior Fellow. Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

1999-2000. Acting Director. Program in Hellenic Studies. Princeton University.

1997 (June), 1999 (June) New York University. Faculty Resource Network Workshops on "The Classical World" (Diversity and Democracy, Ancient Slavery). Organizer.
1995 99 Member of the Editorial Board and the Board of Trustees, Princeton University Press (Member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees 1998, Chair of the Editorial Board and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees 1999).

1992 95 Board of Directors, American Philological Association.

1989 94 Co Director, "Democracy 2500" Project. Public programs commemorating the origins of democracy. Sponsored by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, U.S. National Archives, NEH, Cafritz and Leventis Foundations. Grant total ca. $500,000.

1985 87 (annually) Travelling Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. Lectures on Greek military architecture

1984 92 (annually), Visiting Speaker, Naval War College, Strategy Department.

1983, 1985, 1988 (summers) Director, Montana State University Archaeological Survey Team (Greece and Turkey)

1978 1988 (periodically) Junior and Senior Associate of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

1976 78 Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan, Department of History.

2008. Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens. Princeton University Press, Princeton. 2005. Athenian Legacies: Essays on the Politics of Going on Together. Princeton University Press, Princeton.
Paperback ed. 2007.
1998. Political Dissent in Democratic Athens: Intellectual Critics of Popular Rule. Princeton University Press: Princeton
  • Paperback ed. 2001.
  • 1996. The Athenian Revolution. Essays on Ancient Greek Democracy and Political Theory. Princeton University Press: Princeton
  • Paperback ed. 1999.
  • 1989. Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People. Princeton University Press: Princeton
  • Winner of the Goodwin Award for best book of the year, American Philological Association, 1989
  • Paperback ed. 1991.
  • Digital ed. 2002
  • Modern Greek edition: Mazes kai Elit ste Demokratike Athena. Polytropon: Athens 2003.
  • Chapter 4 reprinted in Oxford Readings in Attic Orators (forthcoming)
  • 1985. Fortress Attica: Defense of the Athenian Land Frontier, 404 322 B.C. Mnemosyne Supplement 84. E.J. Brill: Leiden


    2007. K. Raaflaub, J. Ober, and R. Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece . University of Calfornia Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles

    2006. Frans de Waal and others. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved. Edited and with and introduction by S. Macedo and J. Ober. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    1996. J. Ober and C. Hedrick, eds. Demokratia: A Conversation on Democracies, Ancient and Modern, Princeton University Press: Princeton

    1994. J. P. Euben, J. Wallach, and J. Ober, eds. Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstruction of American Democracy, Cornell University Press: Ithaca

    1993. J. Ober and C. Hedrick, eds.The Birth of Democracy. Exhibition catalogue, National Archives Rotunda, June 15 1993 January 2 1994, American School of Classical Studies at Athens: Princeton

    1985. J.W. Eadie and J. Ober, eds. The Craft of the Ancient Historian: Essays in Honor of Chester G. Starr, University Press of America: Lanham, Maryland


    2003. Brook Manville and J. Ober, A Company of Citizens: What the World's First Democracy Teaches Leaders about Building Great Organizations, Harvard Business School Press: Boston
  • Modern Greek edition. Klidarithmos: Athens forthcoming.
  • Chinese edition. CITIC Publishing House forthcoming.
  • Turkish edition. Kapital Medya; Istanbul 2005.

  • 2003. Mark C. Carnes and J. Ober, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. 2nd edition, Reacting to the Past Series. Pearson Custom Publishing: New York [Textbook].
  • "Reacting to the Past" won the Theodore Hesburgh Award: "outstanding pedagogical initiative for 2004."

  • 1990. Barry S. Strauss and J. Ober, The Anatomy of Error: Ancient Military Disasters and Their Lessons for Modern Strategists, St. Martin's Press: New York
  • Paperback ed. 1992.

    Some articles available for download at Stanford and PSWPC.
    2008. "The Original Meaning of 'Democracy': Capacity to Do Things, not Majority Rule." CONSTELLATIONS 15.1:3-9.
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 090704
    2008. "What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About Democracy." ANNUAL REVIEWS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 11:67-91.
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 090704

  • 2007. "Toward Open Access in Ancient Studies. The Princeton-Stanford Working Papers in Classics." (by J. Ober, W. Scheidel, B. Shaw, and D. Sanclemente). HESPERIA 76: 229-42.
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 020702

  • 2007. "Natural Capacities and Democracy as a Good-in-Itself." PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES 132: 59-73.
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 070604

  • 2007. "From Epistemic Diversity to Common Knowledge: Rational Rituals and Publicity in Democratic Athens." EPISTEME. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY. 3.3: 214-33.
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 070603

  • 2007. "'I Besieged that Man.' Democracy's Revolutionary Start." In K. Raaflaub, J. Ober, and R. Wallace, Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (University of Calfornia Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles), 83-104
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 110513

  • 2007. "Democratic Athens as an Experimental System. History and the Project of Political Theory." In A. Creager et al. (eds.) Science Without Laws: Model Systems, Cases and Exemplary Narratives. Duke University Press, 225-42
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 110512

  • 2006. "Thucydides and the Invention of Politial Science." In Brill Companion to Thucydides. (E.J. Brill: Leiden), 131-59
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 110515

  • 2006. "Solon and the Horoi." In J. Blok and A. Lardinois (eds.), Solon: New Historical and Philological Perpectives (E.J. Brill: Leiden), 441-456
  • Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics 110514

  • 2005. "Law and Political Theory." In Michael Gagarin and David Cohen (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Greek Law. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 394-411.

    2005. "Aristotle's Natural Democracy." In R. Kraut and S. Skultety (eds.), Aristotle's Politics: Critical Essays Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield), 223-243.

    2005. "A Judicious Study of Discernible Reality." Review article on G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Athenian Democratic Origins. POLIS 22.2

    2005. "Democracy, Knowledge, and Moral Change (A Response to Euben and Lebow)," HISTORICALLY SPEAKING. THE BULLETIN OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 6.6 (Jan./Feb.), 26-28.

    2004. "I, Socrates... The Performative Audacity of Isocrates' Antidosis." In T. Poulakos and D. Depew (eds.), Isocrates and Civic Education (Austin: University of Texas Press), 21-43.

    2004. "Classical Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power." In J. Morrill (ed.), The Promotion of Knowledge: Essays to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy, 1902-2002 = PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY 122, 145-61.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 2003. "Postscript: Culture, Thin Coherence, and the Persistence of Politics." In C. Dougherty and L. Kurke (eds.) The Cultures within Greek Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 237-55.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 2003. "Tyrant-killing as Therapeutic Stasis: A Political Debate in Images and Texts," in K. Morgan (ed.), Popular Tyranny: Sovereignty and Its Discontents in Ancient Greece (Austin: University of Texas Press), 215-50.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 2002. "Conditions for Athenian Democracy," in T. Rabb and E. Suleiman (eds.). The Making and Unmaking of Democracy: Lesssons from History and World Politics. (London and New York: Routledge), 2-21.

    2002. "Social Science History, Cultural History, and the Amnesty of 403," TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERCIAN PHILOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION 132, 127-37.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • *2002. "History, Philosophy, and Democracy." Review article: Johan Wallach, The Platonic Political Artt. POLIS 19, 145-56.

    2001. "The Debate over Civic Education in Classical Athens," in Yun Lee Too (ed.) Education in Greek and Roman Antiquity. (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 273-305.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 2001. "Thucydides Theoretikos/Thucydides Histor: Realist Theory and the Challenge of History," in D.R. McCann and B. S. Strauss (eds.), Democracy and War: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (Armonk, N.Y. and London: M.E. Sharpe), 273-306.
  • Reprinted in J. Rusten (ed.) Oxford Readings in Thucydides (forthcoming).

  • 2000. "Political Conflicts, Political debates, and Political Thought," in R. Osborne (ed.), The Shorter Oxford History of Europe I: Classical Greece (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 111-38.

    2000. "Living Freely as a Slave of the Law: Notes on Why Socrates Lives in Athens," in P. Flensted-Jensen, T.H. Nielsen, and L. Rubinstein (eds.), Polis and Politics: Studies in Greek History [Festschrift for M.H. Hansen]. (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press), 541-52.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 2000. "The Orators," in C. Rowe and M. Schofield (eds.), The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 131-41.

    2000. "Quasi-Rights: Participatory Citizenship and Negative Liberties in Democratic Athens." SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY AND POLICY 17, 27-61.
  • Reprinted in E.F. Paul, F.D. Millar, and J. Paul (eds.), Democracy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 27-61.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 1998. "Democratie directe," in R. Darnton and O. Duhamel (eds.), Democratie (Paris: Editions du Rocher), 145-51.

    1998. "Revolution Matters: Democracy as Demotic Action (Response to Kurt Raaflaub)," in K. Raaflaub and I. Morris (eds.), Democracy 2500? Questions and Challenges. Archaeological Institute of America, Colloquia and Conference Papers 2 (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt), 67-85

    1996. "Responsible Popularization: An Introduction," CLASSICAL BULLETIN 72, 85-91

    1995. "Greek Horoi: Artifactual Texts and the Contingency of Meaning," in D. Small (ed.), Methods in the Mediterranean: Historical and Archaeological Views of Texts and Archaeology. Mnemosyne Supplement 135 (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 91 123.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Legacies.

  • 1994. "Classical Greek Times," in M. Howard, G. Andreopoulos, and M.R. Shulman (eds.), The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World (New Haven: Yale U.P.), 12 26, 227 230.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution.

  • 1994. "How to Criticize Democracy," in P. Euben, J. Wallach, J. Ober (eds.), Athenian Political Thought (Ithaca: Cornell U.P.), 149 171
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution.

  • 1994. "Oratory and Power in Democratic Athens: Demosthenes 21, Against Meidias," in I. Worthington (ed.), Persuasion: Greek Rhetoric in Action (London and New York: Routledge), 85 108.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution
  • Reprinted in E.W. Robinson, Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources (Blackwell 2004)

  • 1994. "Civic Ideology and Counterhegemonic Discourse: Thucydides on the Sicilian Debate," in A.L. Boegehold and A.C. Scafuro (ed.), Athenian Identity and Civic Identity (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press), 102 126.

    1993. "Thucydides' Criticism of Democratic Knowledge," in R.M. Rosen and J. Farrell (ed.), Nomodeiktes: Greek Studies in Honor of Martin Ostwald (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press), 81 98.

    1993. "The Polis as a Society: Aristotle, John Rawls, and the Athenian Social Contract," in M.H. Hansen (ed.), The Ancient Greek City State: Historisk filosofiske Meddelelser 67 = Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre vol. 1 (Copenhagen: Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters), 129 160.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1993. "The Athenian Revolution of 508/7 B.C.E: Violence, Authority, and the Origins of Democracy," in C. Dougherty and L. Kurke (ed.), Cultural Poetics in Archaic Greece: Cult, Performance, Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press), 215 232.
  • Reprinted in E.W. Robinson, Ancient Greek Democracy: Readings and Sources (Blackwell 2004)
  • Reprinted in P.J. Rhodes (ed.) Athenian Democracy (Edinburgh U.P. 2004)
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1993. "Public Speech and the Power of the People in Democratic Athens," PS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLITICS (September), 481 485.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1992. "Towards a Typology of Greek Artillery Towers: The First and Second Generations (c.375 275 B.C.)," in S. Van de Maele and J.M. Fossey (ed.), Fortificationes Antiquae. McGill University Monographs in Classical Archaeology and History 12 (G.C. Gieben: Amsterdam), 147 169

    1991. "Response to Edward Cohen (on Banking as a `Family Business')," in M. Gagarin (ed.), Symposion 1990: Vortrage zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Bohlau Verlag: Cologne), 265 271

    1991. "Aristotle's Political Sociology: Class, Status, and Order in the Politics," in C. Lord and D.K. O'Connor (ed.), Essays on the Foundations of Aristotelian Political Science (University of California Press: Berkeley and L.A.), 112 135

    1991. "National Ideology and Strategic Defense of the Population, from Athens to Star Wars," in N. Lebow and B. S. Strauss (ed.), Hegemonic Rivalry: from Thucydides to the Nuclear Age (Westview Press: Boulder), 251 267

    1991. "The Athenians and Their Democracy" (review article: Wood, Peasant Citizen and Slave: The Foundations of Athenian Democracy; Sinclair, Democracy and Participation in Athens; Farrar, The Origins of Democratic Thinking: The Invention of Politics in Classical Athens), ECHOS DU MONDE CLASSIQUE, 35, 81 96.
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1991. "Hoplites and Obstacles," in Victor D. Hanson (ed.), Hoplites: The Classical Greek Battle Experience (Routledge: London and New York), 173 196. 1990. "Drama, Political Rhetoric, and the Discourse of Athenian Democracy" (co authored with B.S. Strauss), in J.J. Winkler and F.I. Zeitlin (ed.), Nothing to Do with Dionysos? Athenian Drama in Its Social Context (Princeton U.P.: Princeton), 237 270

    1989. "The Nature of Athenian Democracy (review article: Hansen, Athenian Assembly)," CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY 84, 322 334
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1989. "Models and Paradigms in Ancient History," ANCIENT HISTORY BULLETIN 3, 134 137
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1989. "Defense of the Athenian Land Frontier, 404 322 B.C.: A Reply," PHOENIX 43, 294 301

    1987. "Early Artillery Towers: Messenia, Boiotia, Attica, Megarid," AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 91, 569 604

    1987. "Public Opinion and the Role of Sea Power in Athens, 404 322 B.C." in D.M. Masterson (ed.), Naval History. The Sixth Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy (Wilmington, Delaware), 26 32

    1987. "Pottery and Miscellaneous Artifacts from Fortified Sites in Northern and Western Attica," HESPERIA 56, 197 227

    1985. "Thucydides, Pericles, and the Strategy of Defense," in Eadie and Ober (eds.), Essays in Honor of Starr, 171 88
  • Reprinted in Ober, Athenian Revolution

  • 1983. "Two Ancient Watchtowers above Aigosthena in the Northern Megarid," AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 87, 387 92

    1982. "Edward Clarke's Ancient Road to Marathon, A.D. 1801," HESPERIA 51, 453 58

    1982. "Tiberius and the Political Testament of Augustus," HISTORIA 31, 306 28

    1981. "Rock Cut Inscriptions from Mt. Hymettos," HESPERIA 50, 68 77

    1978. "Views of Sea Power in the Fourth Century Attic Orators," ANCIENT WORLD 1, 119 30

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