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Email: RuthOBrienCUNYGC@gmail.com

Professor Ruth O’Brien (Graduate Center) writes about American politics and the Political Science Ph.D. & M.A. unique specialization she founded that the now interim Chancellor of the City University of New York William P. 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, including books and forthcoming books by our 2012-13 Sawyer Mellon discussants and/or speakers: Danielle Allen, Anne Norton, Joan Wallach Scott, and Martha Fineman, among others.  The 9 Public Square books earned a dozen awards and mentions, thus far.

O’Brien is about to launch a new political theory book series called Heretical Thought with Oxford University Press.  Stay tuned.

O’Brien’s seminars as well as advising and teaching materials are found on: http://robrienseminars.ws.gc.cuny.edu/wp-admin/

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