Stephen Bronner

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Stephen Eric Bronner
Born 19 August 1949 (1949-08-19) (age 70)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Professor, Rutgers University
Political theorist

Stephen Eric Bronner (born 19 August 1949) is a noted political philosopher and Professor (II) of Political Science, Comparative Literature, and German Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. A prolific writer, Bronner has published over 25 books and 200 journal articles.[citation needed]


Born in New York City, New York, United States on 19 August 1949, Bronner earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at City College of New York, spent a year at the Universität Tübingen in Germany on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in 1973, and completed his Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976.[citation needed] He has been employed at Rutgers University since 1976, and has held visiting professor positions[citation needed] at the New School for Social Research (1989), and most recently at the Universität Leipzig (1998).[citation needed]

Currently Director of Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University, Bronner is the Executive Chair of US Academics for Peace and an advisor to Conscience International. His activities in civic diplomacy led him to visit Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Sudan, and Darfur. Many of his experiences are discussed in works dealing with internal relations like Blood in the Sand (2005) and Peace out of Reach (2007). Bronner was the recipient of the MEPeace Award by the Network for Middle Eastern Politics in 2011.

Senior Editor of Logos, he is on the editorial board of more than a dozen journals in the United States and abroad. His various works include studies of contemporary political theory, political history, and cultural politics. Along with various teaching awards, the Bronner received the Michael A. Harrington Prize for Moments of Decision (1991) and Honorable Mention for the David Easton Prize, which honored the best work of political theory of the last five years, for Reclaiming the Enlightenment. Bronner’s writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages and he received the Charles McCoy Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Political Science Association in 2005.

Theoretical contributions

Influenced by critical theory, existentialism, and liberal socialism, Bronner is best known his reinterpretation of tradition and a host of concepts like the class ideal and the cosmopolitan sensibility. He is perhaps the foremost contemporary proponent of developing the linkage of political theory, which has become increasingly academic and metaphysical in orientation, with practical and progressive political concerns. His work is discussed in Rational Radicalism and Political Theory: Essays in Honor of `Stephen Eric Bronner ed. Michael J. Thompson (Lexington Books: Lanham, 2010)


Scholarly works

  • Modernism at the Barricades: Aesthetics, Politics, Utopia (Columbia University Press 2012) ISBN 978-0231158220
  • Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2011) ISBN 978-0199730070
  • Peace Out of Reach: Middle Eastern Travels and the Search for Reconciliation (The University Press of Kentucky 2007) ISBN 978-0813124469
  • Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Right-Wing Ambitions, and the Erosion of American Democracy (The University Press of Kentucky 2005) ISBN 0-8131-2367-4
  • Sketch for a New Critical Theory (Zurich: Diaphanes Verlag, publication pending)
  • Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004). ISBN 0-231-12608-5. Translation into Spanish: Reivindicación de la Ilustración, Pamplona, Laetoli, 2008. ISBN 978-84-935661-7-3.
  • A Rumor about the Jews: Anti-Semitism. Conspiracy, and the Protocols of Zion (Paperback Edition–New York: Oxford University Press, 2004; Hardcover Edition–New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000; Translation into German–Berlin: Propylaen Verlag, 2000). ISBN 0-19-516956-5; Translation into Spanish: Un rumor sobre los judíos, Pamplona, Laetoli, 2009. ISBN 978-84-92422-06-7.
  • Imagining the Possible: Radical Politics for Conservative Times (New York: Routledge, 2002). ISBN 0-415-93260-2
  • Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists (2nd Edition–New York: Routledge, 2002; 1st Edition–London: Basil Blackwell, 1994; Translation into Portuguese–Rio de Janeiro: Papirus, 1997). ISBN 0-415-93263-7
  • Socialism Unbound (2nd Edition:–Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2000; 1st edition–New York: Routledge, 1990). ISBN 0-8133-6776-X
  • Ideas in Action: Political Tradition in the Twentieth Century (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999; Translation into Korean–Seoul, Korea: Ingansarang Publishers, 2003). ISBN 0-8476-9387-2
  • Camus: Portrait of a Moralist (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999; Translation into German–Berlin: Verlag Vorwerk 8, 2002). ISBN 0-8166-3283-9
  • Moments of Decision: Political History and the Crises of Radicalism (New York: Routledge, 1992; Translation into German–Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2000). ISBN 0-415-90465-X
  • Rosa Luxemburg: A Revolutionary for Our Times (3rd printing– Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997; 2nd printing–New York: Columbia University Press, 1987; 1st printing–London: Pluto Press, 1980). ISBN 0-271-02505-0

Popular works

  • Albert Camus: The Thinker, The Artist, The Man (New York: Franklin Watts, 1996). ISBN 0-531-11305-1
  • Leon Blum (New York: Chelsea House Publishing Co., 1986). ISBN 0-87754-511-1
  • A Beggar’s Tales (New York: Pella Press, 1978). NO ISBN.
  • Afterword for Will Eisner's graphic novel, The Plot (New York: W. W. Norton, 2005). ISBN 0-393-06045-4


  • " Tribute to a Socialist: Henry M. Pachter (1907-1980) ". TELOS 46 (Winter 1980-81). New York: Telos Press

Edited works

  • The Logos Reader: Rational Radicalism And the Future of Politics (with Michael J. Thompson) (University Press of Kentucky, 2005). ISBN 0-8131-9148-3
  • Planetary Politics: Human Rights, Terror, and Global Society (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). ISBN 0-7425-4199-1
  • Twentieth Century Political Theory: A Reader (Revised 2nd Edition–New York: Routledge, publication pending 2004; 1st Edition, 1996). ISBN 0-415-94899-1
  • Re-Framing the International: Law, Politics and Culture, co-edited with Lester Edwin J. Ruiz and R. B. J. Walker (Editor) (New York: Routledge, 2002). ISBN 0-415-93175-4
  • Vienna: The World of Yesterday 1889-1914, co-edited with F. Peter Wagner, (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1997). ISBN 0-391-03987-3
  • Television and the Crisis of Democracy, co-edited with Douglas Kellner (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1990). ISBN 0-8133-0549-7
  • The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, edited, translated, and with an introduction (2nd edition–Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1993; 1st edition–Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1979). ISBN 1-57392-581-0
  • Critical Theory and Society, co-edited with Douglas Kellner,(New York: Routledge, 1989). ISBN 0-415-90041-7
  • Socialism in History: Political Essays of Henry Patcher (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984). ISBN 0-231-05660-5
  • Passion and Rebellion: The Expressionist Heritage co-edited with Douglas Kellner (2nd printing–New York: Columbia University Press, 1988; 1st printing– South Hadley, Massachusetts: Bergin & Garvey; New York: Universe Books; and London: Croom Helm, 1983). ISBN 0-87663-356-4

Series editor

  • Polemics (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Interventions: Social Theory and Contemporary Politics (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press).

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