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John R. Wallach
Position: Professor of Political Science at Hunter College & The Graduate Center, and Director of the new Hunter Human Rights Program
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Politics (Program in Political Philosophy) from Princeton University in 1981
Research Interests: political ethics, democratic theory, human rights, history of political theory, ancient Greek political thought

Before coming to Hunter in 1991, Prof. Wallach was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University and Vassar College. He is a classically trained political theorist.  Having also studied the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, he has an interest in interdisciplinary issues concerning approaches to the understanding of politics.  He is well-versed in the history of Western political theory and has specialized in ancient Greek political thought.  He also teaches course in contemporary political theory--on the concept of "the political," democratic theory, and the political theory of human rights.  His publications include THE PLATONIC POLITICAL ART: A Study of Critical Reason and Democracy (Penn State Press, 2001); a co-edited volume (with J. Peter Euben and Josiah Ober), ATHENIAN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (Cornell, 1994), as well as other articles in ancient Greek political theory, the history of political thought, and contemporary democratic theory.  More recently, he has focused on democratic theory and human rights--as illustrated in the following publications and works in progress: "Human Rights as an Ethics of Power" (1995); "Constitutive Paradoxes of Human Rights and Democracy" (forthcoming), and "Democracy and Virtue: Legitimation Crises in History and Political Theory" (monograph in progress).  Wallach has been a Liberal Arts Fellow in Political Science at Harvard Law School (1998-1999), recipient of a NEH Fellowship for College and University Teachers (2003-2004), and Director of a NEH Institute for College & University Teachers at The Graduate Center (Summer, 2006), on the subject of "Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives."