Faculty Profile

Toby Reiner

Associate 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

POSC 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01 and MEMS 200-05.

PHIL 180 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with POSC 180-01 and MEMS 200-05.

MEMS 200 Political Philosophy
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01 and POSC 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. How can ethnic minorities be incorporated into Western democracies as equal citizens? Must the state support the continuation of cultural practices and traditions? What if those practices conflict with the freedom and equality of members of minority groups, especially of women or children? These are among the most vexed and pressing issues for many democracies and a key part of recent debate in political theory. They raise major philosophical questions, such as how we can treat people as equals while respecting the differences between them and what the limits of toleration are. We will survey the main recent responses to these questions.

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

POSC 550 Independent Research

POSC 550 Independent Research

POSC 550 Independent Research