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The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism

In The Fragility of Things, eminent theorist William E. Connolly focuses on several self-organizing ecologies that help to constitute our world. These interacting geological, biological, and climate systems, some of which harbor creative capacities, are depreciated by that brand of neoliberalism that confines self-organization to economic markets and equates the latter with impersonal rationality. Neoliberal practice […]


Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters

Until very recently, American universities were led mainly by their faculties, which viewed intellectual production and pedagogy as the core missions of higher education. Today, as Benjamin Ginsberg warns in this eye-opening, controversial book, “deanlets”–administrators and staffers often without serious academic backgrounds or experience–are setting the educational agenda. The Fall of the Faculty examines the fallout […]


Joel Grossman Named Academy Professor

Three faculty members from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences have been named professors of The Academy at Johns Hopkins, including political science Professor Joel Grossman. The Academy at Johns Hopkins is an institute for advanced study, where retired professors can pursue research opportunities, conduct and attend academic seminars, and explore other opportunities for continued scholarship.


Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America’s Positive Rights

Unlike many national constitutions, which contain explicit positive rights to such things as education, a living wage, and a healthful environment, the U.S. Bill of Rights appears to contain only a long list of prohibitions on government. American constitutional rights, we are often told, protect people only from an overbearing government, but give no explicit […]


How the Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Face of Nazism

One of the most common assumptions about World War II is that the Jews did not actively or effectively resist their own extermination at the hands of the Nazis. In this powerful book, Benjamin Ginsberg convincingly argues that the Jews not only resisted the Germans but actually played a major role in the defeat of […]


Coming to Grips With ‘Kludgeocracy’

Steven Teles

In an interview with Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, Prof. Steven Teles argues that issues concerning the complexity of government, rather than its size, will dominate American politics going forward. The nation has become a “kludgeocracy,” he says, with too many government programs and policies—”kludges”—that are substantially more complicated than the problems they are […]


Market Irrationality

William Connolly’s new book, The Fragility of Things, is featured in Johns Hopkins Magazine.


Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire

Why did colonial subjects mobilize for national independence from the French empire? This question has rarely been posed because the answer appears obvious: in the modern era, nationalism was bound to confront colonialism. This book argues against taking nationalist mobilization for granted. Contrary to conventional accounts, it shows that nationalism was not the only or […]


We the People

We the People is the best text for showing students that politics is relevant to their lives and that political participation matters—especially in the digital age. Based on the full-length text, this low-priced, very brief text offers authoritative coverage of the core topics in American politics. New co-author Caroline Tolbert brings expertise in political behavior to […]


Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

The American racial order—the beliefs and practices that organize relationships among the nation’s many races and ethnicities—is undergoing its greatest transformation since the 1960s. Creating a New Racial Order takes a groundbreaking look at the reasons behind this dramatic change, from the late twentieth century to today, and considers what parts of the American population have been […]