Faculty Profile

Jason 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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

POSC 202 Recent Political Thought
Cross-listed with PHIL 280-01.

POSC 204 Competing Political Ideologies
This class surveys the major ideologies that compete for political support in Western societies, such as liberalism, conservatism, and socialism, as well as radical alternatives (anarchism and fascism), and new perspectives such as feminism and ecologism/environmentalism. We will also examine the nature of ideology, and whether it is possible to develop a neutral, non-ideological perspective on politics. Prerequisite: 180, or permission of the instructor.

PHIL 280 Recent Political Thought
Cross-listed with POSC 202-01.

POSC 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

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

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

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

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

POSC 390 Global Thinking About Politics
This class introduces students to the political thought of the non-Western world by exploring some of the major themes in political philosophy from Africa, the Caribbean, south Asia, east Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. We will study the emerging academic discipline comparative political theory, which seeks to systematize this study and to correct for the distortions that have occurred within traditional political philosophy by studying only Western texts and treating it as only a Western tradition. We will also read fictional depictions of politics and accounts that blur the line between political thought and practice, such as the liberation struggles in India, Algeria, and South Africa engaged in by Gandhi, Fanon, and Mandela. We will think about the central concepts of political philosophy, such as justice, freedom, equality, power, democracy, rights, and citizenship, and seek to bring to the fore the contested concept of politics itself. The class will also focus on how the ideas continue to resonate in today’s world. How, for example, do the arguments about resistance to colonialism affect how we should think about the struggle in the Middle East or in Ukraine? What are the benefits and drawbacks of non-violent and violent resistance? Not appropriate for first-year students.

POSC 550 Independent Research