About

Professor Ruth O’Brien (Graduate Center, CUNY) writes about American politics and teaches Political Science at the Ph.D. & M.A. unique specialization she founded that GC President Bill Kelly coined – Writing Politics.  Her lastest forthcoming book is Out of Many One: Obama and the Third American Political Tradition (University of Chicago Press, May 2013). “A truly original book, Out of Many One will enrage and persuade” writes Columbia J-School’s Distinguished Professor & Journalist Thomas Byrnes Edsall in the foreword.  She keynoted an earlier incarnation of this book at Copenhagen Business School’s One Year Out.  Her other single authored books by O’Brien are: Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace (University of Chicago Press, 2001), which received an honorable mention from Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry; and Workers’ Paradox: The Republican Origins of the New Deal Labor Policy, 1886-1935  (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).  Her emphasis in Writing Politics is emanated in two books she edited: Telling Stories out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination (ILR, Cornell University Press, 2008) and Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, 2004), also earning them an honorable mention from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry, as well as being featured at NYPL ADA celebrating this law’s 20th Anniversary  She is an adjunct affiliated scholar with the Center for American Progressin Washington, D. C.

O’Brien is a Princeton University Press book series editor for The Public Square (click GC-drawn icon below), including books and forthcoming books by our 2011 Sawyer Mellon discussants and/or speakers: Danielle Allen, Anne Norton, Joan Wallach Scott, and Martha Fineman, among others.  The 8 Public Square books earned a dozen awards, so far.

 

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Single Authored Books: O’Brien published 4 single-authored books 1. Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (University of Chicago, May 2013) 2. Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability, and a Workplace Ethic of Care (Routledge, 2005). 2. Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace (University of Chicago, 2001), which received an honorable mention from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights and Bigotry, and 3. Workers’ Paradox: The Republican Origins of New Deal Labor Policy, 1886–1935 (University of North Carolina, 1998).

Edited Books: O’Brien’s involvement with Writing Politics can be seen in 2 edited books: Telling Stories out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination (ILR, Cornell University Press, 2008) and Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, 2004), which also earned an honorable mention from the Gustavus Meyers Center. She is currently revising a book on Barack Obama and contemporary theory and ideas underlying the American political tradition.

O’Brien has published articles in Polity, Studies in American Political Development, Law & Social Inquiry, and SIGNS, among other journals.

Book Series Editor O’Brien is the book series editor of the Public Square Books for Princeton University Press.  The authors in this series have won over a dozen awards.  It is series showcases the world’s finest public intellectuals, such as Andrei Codrescu, Jill Lepore, Jeff Madrick, and Martha Nussbaum, writing about social-justice issues. Public Square books have received a total of 11 awards and mentions thus far, including a PEN nomination and the APSA Human Rights Award.  They have been reviewed in international dailies and national weeklies such as the New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

EXTERNAL INSTITUTIONAL GRANTS O’Brien ran a Fulbright Summer Institute for the U.S. State Department, hosting 18 international scholars on “American Political Development: The Rise to Globalism” (read “America as Empire”).  In 2012–13 she is co-directing a Mellon Sawyer Seminar series with Richard Wolin, Carol Gould, and Omar Dahbour.

OUTREACH AWARDS O’Brien won the CUNY Chancellor’s Disability Awareness Award in 2011. O’Brien was nominated for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for radio commentary by KPFK, where she can be heard regularly. In 2005 J.M. Kaplan Furthermore Foundation Award provided funding for the Public Square series.

TEACHING O’Brien teaches the Core Political Science Course for all entering students in the Ph.D. and M.A. Program; American Politics, specifically American political development (APD) and American political thought (APT); contemporary American political thought; Writing Politics (the role of public intellectuals); and Life Writing (legal storytelling or narration).