Rob Reich

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Rob Reich
Rob Reich.jpg
Reich at Stanford University CEMEX Auditorium on April 12, 2016.
Bornc. 1969 (age 49–50)
New Jersey, United States
Alma materYale University (B.A.)
Stanford University (Ph.D)

Rob Reich (born c. 1969) is an American political scientist. He is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University,[1] the director of Stanford's McCoy Center for Ethics in Society,[2] and co-director of Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).[3] A political theorist, Reich's work focuses primarily on applied ethics, educational inequality and the role of philanthropy in the public sector, along with other topics in liberal democratic theory.

Academic career[edit]

Reich teaches courses on justice, public service, philanthropy, practical ethics, and political theory at Stanford.[4] He has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Walter J. Gores award (Stanford's highest teaching honor)[5] and the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Prize.[6] He is also a Bass Fellow in Undergraduate Education for "extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education."[7]

In Fall 2016, Reich will co-teach "Election 2016" at Stanford University. The course will attempt, with the help of experts, to make sense of an election that defies all historical precedent and to take stock of the health of American democracy. "Election 2016" will host a number of guest speakers including David Plouffe and David Axelrod. It will be the centerpiece of a campus-wide campaign of events around the 2016 presidential elections.[8]

Reich's research has explored a range of topics in political theory, with his most recent work focusing primarily on the role of philanthropy in democratic societies. Reich's scholarship on the charitable tax deduction, Teach for America, and non-profit status is frequently cited in the New York Times,[9] the Chronicle of Higher Education,[10] and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.[11] He is a contributor to the Boston Review, a magazine co-edited by former Stanford political science professor Joshua Cohen. Reich was the lead author of their 2013 forum on foundations and democracy, and wrote the essay titled, "What are Foundations For?".[12]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in Education (2003)[13]
  • Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin (2009), co-edited with Debra Satz[14]
  • Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013), co-edited with Danielle Allen,[15] won the 2013 PROSE Award for the best book in education.
  • Occupy the Future (2013), co-edited with David Grusky, Doug McAdam, and Debra Satz[16]
  • Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values (2016) contributor and co-editor with Lucy Berholz and Chiara Cordelli.[17]


  • “Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies,” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 49, July 2016.[18]
  • “Gift Giving and Philanthropy in Market Democracy,” in Critical Review, Vol. 26, Nos. 3-4.[19]
  • "Philanthropy and Caring for the Needs of Strangers," Social Research, Vol. 80, No. 2, Summer 2013.[20]
  • "Equality, Adequacy, and K-12 Education," in Education, Justice, and Democracy, Danielle Allen and Rob Reich, eds., University of Chicago Press.[21]
  • "Not Very Giving." New York Times, September 5, 2013.[22]
  • "Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy," in Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy, Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, Leif Wenar, eds., Oxford University Press.[23]


In 2001, Reich and Debra Satz founded the non-profit Hope House Scholars Program to teach humanities to women in Hope House, a substance abuse treatment center for women in Redwood City, California. The pair received the Roland Prize from Stanford for their work on the program.[24] He is also involved with several committees for evaluating undergraduate education, faculty diversity, admission and student life at Stanford.[4]

Reich has worked as a researcher and moderator at the Aspen Institute, and has served on various committees for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[4] He is a co-founder and advisor to the #GivingTuesday campaign, and is currently a board member for the Boston Review and for, a nonprofit that evaluates charities for donors.[25][26]

Personal life and education[edit]

Reich received his B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and his Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Stanford University. He served as an early corps member in Teach for America, during which he taught sixth grade in Houston, Texas.[27] He is often confused with Robert Reich, professor of political science at the University of California - Berkeley and former secretary of the department of labor.[28][29]


  1. ^ "Rob Reich -- Stanford Department of Political Science". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford: People". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society: People". Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Rob Reich | Teaching". Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  5. ^ "Walter J Gores Award, Stanford Humanities and Sciences". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Phi Beta Kappa | Stanford Undergrad". Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  7. ^ "The Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program, Stanford Teaching Commons". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Election 2016". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  9. ^ Strom, Stephanie (6 September 2007). "Big Gifts, Tax Breaks and a Debate on Charity". New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  10. ^ Katz, Stanley (6 January 2010). "What Should We Make of Teach for America?". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  11. ^ White, Doug (1 June 2011). "Is Charity Status Becoming Irrelevant?". Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  12. ^ Reich, Rob. "What Are Foundations For?". Boston Review. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  13. ^ Reich, Rob (2002). Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education. Chicago, United States: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226707372.
  14. ^ Toward a Humanist Justice.
  15. ^ Reich, Rob (2013). Education, Justice, and Democracy. Chicago, United States: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226012766.
  16. ^ Reich, Rob (2013). Occupy the Future. Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States: MIT Press.
  17. ^ Philanthropy in Democratic Societies.
  18. ^ Reich, Rob (2016-07-01). "Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies". PS: Political Science & Politics. 49 (3): 466–472. doi:10.1017/S1049096516000718. ISSN 1537-5935.
  19. ^ Reich, Rob (2014-10-02). "Gift Giving and Philanthropy in Market Democracy". Critical Review. 26 (3–4): 408–422. doi:10.1080/08913811.2014.969095. ISSN 0891-3811.
  20. ^ Reich, Rob. "Philanthropy and Caring for the Needs of Strangers". Social Research: An International Quarterly. 80 (2). ISSN 1944-768X.
  21. ^ "Equality, Adequacy, and K–12 Education - Chicago Scholarship". doi:10.7208/chicago/9780226012933.001.0001/upso-9780226012629-chapter-03 (inactive 2019-02-16).
  22. ^ Reich, Rob (2013-09-04). "Not Very Giving". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  23. ^ Reich, Rob (2011). "Toward a Political Theory of Philanthropy". Giving Well. pp. 177–192. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739073.003.0010. ISBN 9780199739073.
  24. ^ Chesley, Kate (4 May 2010). "Satz, Reich named Roland Prize winners; three programs get Community Partnership Awards". Stanford Report. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  25. ^ "Masthead". Boston Review. ISSN 0734-2306. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  26. ^ "Our People | GiveWell". GiveWell. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  27. ^ Cannon, John (31 October 2007). "Teaching matters to Rob Reich, political scientist and philosopher of education". Stanford News Service. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  28. ^ Lieszkovszky, Ida. "Counting Ohio's Homeschoolers: "We Don't Know How Many"". NPR State Impact. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  29. ^ "Texas Ed Spectator".