Faculty Profile

Jason Reiner

Assistant Professor of Political Science (2011)

Contact Information

reinerj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 3
717.245.1705

Bio

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.

Education

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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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 180 Political Philosophy
An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution 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 2015

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.

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.