Faculty Profile

Toby Reiner

Assistant Professor of Political Science (2011)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 3


His research and teaching interests are in contemporary Anglo-American political theory, including ethical aspects of world politics, especially the ethics of war and global distributive justice, public policy, including immigration, citizenship, and minority rights, and in political ideologies, especially liberalism and social democracy.


  • B.A., University of Manchester, 2000
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2001
  • M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 2006
  • Ph.D., 2011

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

POSC 390 Global Political Thinking
Did Gandhi have a political theory? Confucius? Mohammed? In this class, we will study the emerging field of Comparative Political Theory, exploring political thought outside the Western world, and considering how politics has been though about in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. We will also consider how this challenges our conceptions of political philosophy, constitutional law, and human rights, and indeed of politics itself.

Spring 2018

PHIL 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01.

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01.

POSC 206 Multiculturalism
Cross-listed with PHIL 253-01.

POSC 208 Justice in World Politics
Cross-listed with PHIL 285-01.

PHIL 253 Multiculturalism
Cross-listed with POSC 206-01. An introduction to contemporary Russian politics and policy, set against the backdrop of both the communist legacy and traditional Russian political culture. Coverage includes political institutions such as the presidency and the legislature, political processes and behavior such as elections and voting, and key policy issues such as economic policy. The course will conclude with an examination of Russia's evolving place and role in the international system

PHIL 285 Justice in World Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 208-01.