Faculty Profile

Toby Reiner

Associate Professor of Political Science (2011)

Contact Information

reinerj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 305
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

2018-2019 Academic Year

Fall 2018

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 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.

POSC 500 Independent Study

POSC 500 Independent Study

POSC 550 Independent Research

Spring 2019

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

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

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

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

POSC 390 Identity Ethics & Multicult
Cross-listed with PHIL 391-02. Questions of social identity dominate contemporary politics, from the American Presidential election of 2016 through the Brexit vote and debates about migration to issues of gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. But why does identity matter politically and ethically? This class surveys the main recent responses to these questions, including the role of group membership in the construction of individual identity, the meaning and possibility of equality in culturally diverse societies, intersectionality and the tensions between different aspects of identity and the problem of internal minorities (minorities within minorities, such as women and children in cultural minorities), the notions of internalized oppression and double consciousness, and the limits of toleration.

PHIL 391 Identity Ethics & Multicult
Cross-listed with POSC 390-03. Questions of social identity dominate contemporary politics, from the American Presidential election of 2016 through the Brexit vote and debates about migration to issues of gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. But why does identity matter politically and ethically? This class surveys the main recent responses to these questions, including the role of group membership in the construction of individual identity, the meaning and possibility of equality in culturally diverse societies, intersectionality and the tensions between different aspects of identity and the problem of internal minorities (minorities within minorities, such as women and children in cultural minorities), the notions of internalized oppression and double consciousness, and the limits of toleration.