VITA

Peter J. Steinberger

Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities and Dean of the Faculty
Reed College
Portland, Oregon 97202
Office Phone: 503-777-7257
Home Phone: 503-777-3157
FAX: 503-777-7581
peter.steinberger@reed.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1976
M.A.  Fordham University, 1972
B.A. Fordham University, 1970

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Robert H. and Blanche Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities, Reed College, 1993-present
Professor, Reed College, 1989-1993
Associate Professor, Reed College, 1980-89
Assistant Professor, Reed College, 1977-1980.  Courses include:

Assistant Professor, University of Denver, 1975-1977
Acting Instructor, University of California, Riverside, 1975
Teaching Assistant, University of California, Riverside, 1973-1975

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE (selected)

Dean of the Faculty, Reed College, 1997-present (excluding 2001-02).
Acting President, Reed College, 2001-02 academic year.
Chair, Department of Political Science, Reed College, various terms between 1979 and 1990.

 

BOOKS

Ideology and the Urban Crisis (Albany: State University of New York Press, hardcover and softcover editions 1985).

Logic and Politics: Hegel's Philosophy of Right (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1988).

The Concept of Political Judgment (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, hardcover and softcover editions 1993).

The Idea of the State (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, hardcover 2004, softcover 2009.)

 

EDITED VOLUME

Readings in Classical Political Thought (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, hardcover and softcover editions 2000), 625 pp.

 

ARTICLES IN LEARNED JOURNALS

"Hegel as a Social Scientist," American Political Science Review 71 (March 1977), pp. 95-110.

"Typologies of Public Policy: Meaning Construction and the Policy Process," Social Science Quarterly 61 (June 1980), pp. 185-198.

Reprinted in: Irving Louis Horowitz, Policy Studies Review Annual: Volume Five (Beverly Hills: Sage Publications, 1981).

Reprinted in: Daniel C. McCool, Public Policy Theories, Models, and Concepts:An Anthology (Engelwood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall, 1995), pp. 220-33.

See also my "Replies to Ostrom and Sharkansky," Social Science Quarterly 61 (June1980), pp. 206-207.

"Social Context and Political Efficacy," Sociology and Social Research 65 (January 1981), pp. 129-141.

"Calhoun's Concept of the Public Interest," Polity 13 (Spring 1981), pp. 410-424.

"Political Participation and Communality: A Cultural/Interpersonal Approach," Rural Sociology 46 (Spring 1981), pp. 7-19.

"Desert and Justice in Rawls," Journal of Politics 44 (November 1982), pp. 983-995.

"Nostromo's Fall: Conrad on Political Action," Polity 15 (Spring 1983), pp. 416-428.

"Hegel's Occasional Writings: State and Individual," Review of Politics 45 (April 1983), pp. 188-208.

"Hegel on Crime and Punishment," American Political Science Review 77 (December 1983), pp. 858-870.

"Urban Politics and Communality," Urban Affairs Quarterly 20 (September 1984), pp. 4-21.

"Hegel on Marriage and Politics," Political Studies 34 (December 1986), pp. 575-591.

"A Fallacy in Rawls's Theory of Justice," Review of Politics 51 (Winter 1989), pp. 55-69.

"Ruling: Guardians and Philosopher-Kings," American Political Science Review 83 (December 1989), pp. 1207-1225.

See also my response to Duncan: "Plato's Paradox: Guardians and Philosopher-Kings," American Political Science Review 84 (December 1990), pp. 1320-1321.

"Hannah Arendt on Judgment," American Journal of Political Science 34 (August 1990), pp. 803-821.

"Who is Cephalus?" Political Theory 24 (May 1996), pp. 172-199.

"Was Socrates Guilty as Charged? 'Apology' 24c-28a," Ancient Philosophy 17 (Spring 1997), pp. 13-30.

"The Standard View of the Categorical Imperative," Kant-Studien 90 (Spring 1999), pp. 91-99.

"Public and Private," Political Studies 47 (June 1999), pp. 292-313.

"The Impossibility of a 'Political' Conception," Journal of Politics 62 (February 2000), pp. 147-65.

"Political Obligations and Derivative Duties," Journal of Politics 64 (May 2002), pp. 449-65.

"Hobbesian Resistance," American Journal of Political Science 46 (October, 2002), pp. 856-65.

"Hobbes, Rousseau, and the Modern Conception of the State," Journal of Politics 70 (July 2008), pp. 595-611.

"Analysis and the History of Political Thought," American Political Science Review 103 (February 2009), pp. 135-46.

 

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

"Introduction to Political Science at Reed," DEA News: American Political Science Association 21 (Spring 1979).

"Carter: Saying Something Wrong About America," The Christian Science Monitor (August 28, 1979).

"Opposition to the Draft," The New York Times (March 22, 1980).

"Realists-Moralists: Who's Right on Human Rights?" The (Portland) Oregonian (September 9, 1979).

Reprinted in: Social Issues Resources Series: Human Rights (Boca Raton, Florida: 1980).

"Trawling for Bloopers," Oregon Magazine (December 1980). (An essay on politics, personality, and the media in the 1980 elections.)

"Rightism? Wrongism," The New York Times (November 19, 1980).

Reprinted in: The Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, Arizona Republic, and many other newspapers nationwide.

"A Significant Shift to the Right?  Wrong," USA Today (March 1981).(This is the old USA Today, a now-defunct magazine of commentary and criticism.)

"Religion's Role in Politics," The Christian Science Monitor (August 19, 1981).

"Layoffs in Legal Services: A Values-Clarification Approach," The Clearinghouse Review: The United States Legal Services Corporation (October 1981), co-authored.

"Registering for Academic Freedom," The Christian Science Monitor (August 18, 1983). (Reprinted in many newspapers nationwide.)

"Preface: The Socialist Vision of Henry de Man," in Henry de Man, The Psychology of Marxian Socialism (New York: Transaction Books, 1985).

"Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum," NEWS for Teachers of Political Science: American Political Science Association 46 (Summer 1985).

"Reason, Nature, and the Future of American Liberalism," Virginia Quarterly Review 20 (Spring 1986), pp. 389-402.

"The Magna Carta and American Democracy," The Oregonian (July 10, 1986).

"Skip Tonight's Debate," The New York Times (October 19, 1992).

"Simple Solution to the Not-So-Simple Problem of Tort Reform," The Christian Science Monitor (November 20, 1995).

"Why Clinton Will Lose," The Wall Street Journal (November 29, 1995).

"Culture and Freedom in the Fifties: The Case of Jazz," Virginia Quarterly Review 74 (Winter 1998), pp. 118-133.

"The Impact on Legislative Committees and Legislative Processes of the Use of the Initiative in the American West," Willamette Law Review 34:3/4 (Summer/Fall 1998), pp. 689-706, co-authored.

"Reforming the Discipline: Some Doubts," in Perestroika: The Raucous Rebellion in Political Science, edited by Kristin Renwick Monroe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).

"Henri de Man," in The Encyclopedia of Europe: 1914-2004, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter (New York: Charles Scribner's, 2006).

“Immanuel Kant,” “Thomas Kuhn,” “Georges Sorel,” “Political Judgment,” and “Public Private Dichotomy,” in International Encyclopedia of Political Science, edited by James Alt, Simone Chambers, Margaret Levi and Paula McClain (Washington: CQ Press and the American Political Science Assocation, forthcoming 2010).

 

LOCAL OP-ED ARTICLES

"Interpreting Court Rule on Housing Policies," The Denver Post (May 30, 1976).  "The Erosion of City Sovereignty," The Denver Post (January 2, 1977).  "The Moral Implications of Metro Government," The Denver Post (August 14, 1977).  "Morality of the Death Sentence Elusive," The Oregonian (January 19, 1984).  "Small Pebbles Started Landslide," The Oregonian (November 15, 1984).  "Question of Morality Misconstrues Challenges to Primary," The Oregonian (August 9, 1984).  "Uncertainty Rules in Questions of Religion, Politics," The Oregonian (September 30, 1984).  "Judicial Conservatism has Three Faces," The Oregonian (June 6, 1986).  "O'Connor's Voting Shift Welcome," The Oregonian (June 9, 1986).  "Constitution was carefully Drafted for a People without Halos," The Oregonian (April 12, 1987).  "If All Follows Form, Bush Should Win," The Oregonian (August 5, 1988).  "Presiding Over U.S. a Different Kind of Task," The Oregonian (June 2, 1992). "The Pseudo-science of College Rankings," The Oregonian (September 10, 2007).

 

PAPERS PRESENTED, ETC.

"Inquiry and Engagement in Political Theory." Invited presentation at the plenary session of the annual meeting of the Association for Political Theory, College Station, Texas, October 2009.

"Varieties of Objectivity." Invited lecture. Symposium on Philosophical Idealism. The Institute for Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 2009.

"Hobbes, Rousseau, and the Modern Conception of the State." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2007.

"Dahl's 'Concept of Power' and Politics as a Science." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, September 2006.

"Democratic Government and Democratic State."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Bellevue, Washington, October 2002.

"Thoughts on Democracy."  Invited lecture, Department of Government, University of Notre Dame, March 2002.

"The Argument of Locke's 'Letter on Toleration.'"  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Victoria, British Columbia, October 1998.

"The Contemporary Politics of the Initiative and Referendum."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Conference for the Study of Public Policy and Political Science, Budapest, Hungary, July 1996.

Roundtable Participant: "The Public Voice of Political Theory."  Annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, March 1996.

"Socrates's Interrogation of Meletus."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Bellingham, Washington, October 1995.

"Public and Private."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon, March 1995.

"Hannah Arendt on Judgment."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon, November 1990.

"Ruling: Guardians and Philosophy-Kings."  Invited lecture, Rice University Humanities Center, Houston, Texas, October 1987.

"Hegel and Democracy."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 1986.

"Hegel on the Family."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, August 1985.

"The Problem of Desert in Rawls."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Bellingham, Washington, October 1982.

"Typological Analysis in the Policy Sciences."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 1982.

"Rousseau and Hegel."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 1980.

"Hegel's Political Writings."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Spokane, Washington, May 1980.

"Ethical Theory and Public Policy: A Phenomenological Approach."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, April 1979.

"John C. Calhoun and the General Will."  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, Seattle, Washington, April 1978.

"The Tocquevillian Tradition: An Explication and Critique." Paper presented to the Colorado Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Denver, Colorado, October 1976.

Book reviews in Political Theory (November 1977, February 1983, May 1990); American Political Science Review (March 1982, December 1984, December 1986 [2 reviews], December 1991, March 2001); International Journal of Comparative Sociology (Spring 1988, Summer 1997); Ethics (June 1990); Ancient Philosophy (June 1993); Review of Politics (Fall 2006); Perspectives on Politics (June 2007); Review of Metaphysics (July 2007).

 

AWARD

Reed College's Burlington Northern Award in recognition of distinguished teaching, 1989.

 

GRANTS, CONSULTING, ETC. (selected)

Seminar Director, "Plato's Republic: The Ethical Bases of Politics."  A National Endowment  for the Humanities Seminar for Secondary School Teachers, Summer 1990.  Total Grant: $51,000.

Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1988-89.  Total Grant: $27,500.

Seminar Director, "Plato's Republic: The Ethical Bases of Politics."  A National Endowment  for the Humanities Seminar for Secondary School Teachers, Summer 1987.  Total Grant: $47,000.

Seminar Director, "Plato and Hegel: The Ethical Bases of Politics."  A National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar for Secondary School Teachers, Summer 1985.  Total Grant: $53,000.

Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1984-85.  Total Grant: $25,000.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Summer 1984 (declined because of the NEH Fellowship).

Vollum Faculty Research Sabbatical, supported by Reed College, Fall 1983.

NEH Summer Seminar, "Political Freedom," with Richard Flathman at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Summer 1982.

Issues Consultant, Don Clark for Governor Campaign Committee, Portland, Oregon, Spring 1982.

Project Director, "Human Resource Management in a Period of Retrenchment: A Workshop," for the Region IX Office of the United States Legal Services Corporation, Seattle, Washington, June 1981.

Project Director, "Layoffs in Legal Services: A Values-Clarification Approach."  Training materials and documentation for the Office of Field Services, United States Legal Services Corporation, Washington, D.C., 1981.

Project Director, "Personnel Retrenchment in O.L.S.C.: A Workshop for Administrators," for Policy Research Associates and the Oregon Legal Services Corporation, Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon, August 1981.

Project Associate, "A Management Study of Legal Services in Spokane, Washington," for Policy Research Associates in conjunction with the Legal Services Corporation and the Spokane Legal Services Center, Spring 1980.

Mellon Junior Research Sabbatical, Spring 1981, supported by Reed College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (selected)

President, Western Political Science Association, 2007-08. Vice President and Program Chair, Western Political Science Association, 2006-07.

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Review of Politics, 2005-present.

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon, 2005-06. Member of the Board, 2002-present.

Member of the Executive Council, Western Political Science Association, 1993-95.

President, Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, 1984-1985.  Member of the Executive Board, PNWPSA, 1979-84.

Associate Editor/Member of the Editorial Board, Western Political Quarterly (1984-1987).

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Urban Resources (term: 1986-1989).

Member of the Editorial Board/Editorial Writer, The Oregonian (1987)

 

Service on Panels, etc.:

PROGRAM CHAIR: Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, 1981, 1984; Western Political Science Association, 2007.

SECTION/DIVISION CHAIR: Western Political Science Association, 1996, 2004; American Political Science Association, 2007.

PANEL CHAIR: Western Political Science Association, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2010; Hegel Society of America, 1984; American Political Science Association, 1982, 1990; Pacific Northwest  Political Science Association, 1980, 1987.

DISCUSSANT: American Political Science Association, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1993; Western Political Science Association, 1979, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2007, 2010; Western Social Science Association, 1979.