John Rankin | Joanna Regulska | Janusz Reiter | Wolfgang Renezeder | Laurence Rickels | Christopher Ricks | David Rivard | Carlos Robles | Michel Rocard | Joel Rogers | Pierre Rosanvallon | Chandler Rosenberger | Jan Ross | Adam D. Rotfeld | Tomasz Rozycki | Olivier Roy | Volker Rühe | Jaques Rupnik
Joanna Regulska is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Geography and a Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, USA. She is the founder and director since 1989 of the Local Democracy Partnership (formerly Local Democracy in Poland) Program, Rutgers University. In 1996-98 she was a co-director of the Program on Gender and Culture at the Central European University in Budapest. Most of her research and teaching concentrates on women’s agency, political activism, grassroots mobilization and construction of women’s political spaces. She has also conducted extensive work on the impacts of political and economic restructuring on the process of democratization, citizens’ participation and decentralization in Central and Eastern Europe. (2004)
Janusz Reiter sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the United States of America on October 3, 2005. From 1977 he worked for the daily Zycie Warszawy but was dismissed during martial law. He was among the founders and editors of a number of opposition magazines. In the years 1984-1989 he was a commentator of the independent weekly, Przeglad Katolicki. From 1990 to 1995 Janusz Reiter served as Polish Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996 he founded the Warsaw-based Center for International Relations and was its President until October 2005. He was a founding member of the Foreign Policy Council, member of the National European Integration Council, and other Polish and international institutions. (2006)
Professor Rickels is both a theorist and psychotherapist and a regular contributor to Artforum, Art + Text, and Flash Art. He is currently professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara and adjunct professor in the Art and the Film Studies Departments. He is also the Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He has taught at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Umeå University and Universität Düsseldorf. He is uthor of Aberrations of Mourning (1988), Der unbetrauerbare Tod (1990), The Case of California (1991), and The Vampire Lectures (1999), and editor of Looking After Nietzsche (1990), Gottfried Keller’s Jugenddramen (1990), and Acting Out in Groups (1999), and the three-volume Nazi Psychoanalysis (2002).
Christopher Ricks co-director of the Editorial Institute and the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University where he also teaches in the Core Curriculum. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 2004, and is known both for his critical studies and for his editorial work. The latter includes The Poems of Tennyson (revised 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), and Samuel Menashe: New and Selected Poems (2005). In 2002 he delivered the Panizzi Lectures in Bibliography at the British Library. He is the General Editor of Poetry for Penguin Classics, and a co-editor of Essays in Criticism. He is undertaking a full critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s complete poems, to be published by Faber & Faber. With Frances Whistler he co-directs the Selected Edition of the Work of James Fitzjames Stephen. (2009)
David Rivard is the author of four books: Sugartown (Graywolf, 2006), Bewitched Playground (Graywolf, 2000), Wise Poison (Graywolf, 1996), the winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Torque (Pitt, 1988), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, AGNI, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and other magazines. Among his awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Arts Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as two Pushcart Prizes. A former poetry editor at Harvard Review, he teaches at the University of New Hampshire MFA in Writing Program. (2009)
Joel Rogers is professor of law, political science, and sociology, and director of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), a research center and project laboratory for progressive state and local policy. He has written widely on democratic theory, American politics, and comparative public policy. Recent books include Working Capital: Using the Power of Labor’s Pensions, America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters, and Metro Futures: Economic Solutions for the Cities and their Suburbs. As reflected in the Public Law & Private Power course he regularly teaches at the law school, his major legal interests follow from essentially political ones, viz. finding a successor to the institutions and mass politics of social democracy and the Keynesian welfare state. Rogers is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, and a MacArthur Foundation fellow. (2005)
Pierre Rosanvallon is a professor at the Collège de France and L’Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (Ehess), Paris. He also heads the Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron. Among his many books is The New Social Question: rethinking the welfare state. He is the author of many works, including Le capitalisme utopique: histoire de l’idée de marché (Seuil, 1999) and Le peuple introuvable: histoire de la représentation démocratique en France (Gallimard, 1998). (2004)
Jan Ross is a rising star among Germany’s talented essayists on politics and foreign policy. He has been a staff writer at Die Zeit since 1998. He covers the more ideological aspects of politics and the political aspects of culture – especially the politico-intellectual debates Germans are fond of (such as the “Historikerstreit”). He has written two books: Die neuen Staatsfeinde on German domestic policy and its roots and Der Papst on Pope John Paul II. Before joining Die Zeit, Dr. Ross was a staff writer for the Berliner Zeitung (1997-98) and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (1991-1996). (2006)
Adam D. Rotfeld
Olivier Roy is a political scientist and scholar of Persian language and civilization. He has been professor at the EHESS in Paris since 2003 and senior researcher at the CNRS since 1985. He is author of numerous books and articles on Afghanistan, Iran, former Soviet Central Asia, the Middle East, political Islam and Muslims in Europe. His books include: Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan (1990); The Failure of Political Islam (1994); The New Central Asia, The Creation of Nations (2000); and, most recently, Globalized Islam (2004).
In 1988 he was consultant to UNOCA (United Nations Office of the coordinator for Afghanistan), and in 1993 he was special envoy for the OSCE in Tajikistan. He has acted as a part-time consultant to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1984. (2006)
Volker Rühe is former Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany. He joined the CDU in 1963 and was a member of the German Bundestag from 1975 until last year. Shortly after his election to the Bundestag for his home city of Hamburg, he took over the chairmanship of the Foreign and Domestic Policy Committee of his parliamentary group. He held the position of secretary general of his party from 1989 until he assumed office as Minister of Defense under Helmut Kohl in April 1992. Rühe was the first Minister of Defense to send German troops on peace-keeping operations outside the NATO area. When the Kohl government lost the election in 1998, Rühe was elected deputy chairman of the CDU. He took over again his position as spokesman for the foreign, security, domestic and development aid policy in the Bundestag. (2006)
Jacques Rupnik is a political scientist and historian. He is Directeur de recherche at the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris, and Visiting Professor at the Collège d’Europe, Brügge. His publications include: “Die Dilemmata der Europäischen Union. Anatomie einer Krise”, in: Transit — Europäische Revue (2006); International Perspectives on the Balkans (2003); The Road to the European Union: The Czech and the Slovak Republik (Ed., 2003); Kosovo Report: Conflict, International Response, Lessons Learned (2000). (2004)