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Benjamin R. Barber (1939-2017) was a senior research scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University.

From 2007 to 2012, Barber was a distinguished senior fellow at Demos. He was also founding editor and editor-in-chief for 10 years at Political Theory.

Barber was the author of 17 books, including Jihad vs. McWorld; Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age; Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy in an Age of Interdependence; and If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and writes for The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and other publications.

In addition, Barber wrote and narrated the film The Music Inn and his plays have been produced in off-Broadway and regional theaters. He also worked as a songwriter.

Last Updated: April 27, 2017