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Dr. Benjamin R. Barber

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Fordham University Urban Consortium
President and Founder, The Global Parliament of Mayors Project

Dr. Diana L. Gustafson, Professor at Memorial University

Benjamin R. Barber is the first Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fordham School of Law’s Urban Consortium, and the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement as well as the project for a GLOBAL PARLIAMENT OF MAYORS growing out of his new book If Mayors Ruled The World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, (Yale University Press). He is Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University.

An internationally renowned political theorist, Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (he was an advisor to President Clinton and Governor Howard Dean) and abroad, and is currently working with over one hundred cities and mayors around the world on the Global Parliament of Mayors which had its inaugural convening in The Hague on September 9-11, 2016 ( and

Benjamin Barber’s 18 books include the 2014 If Mayors Ruled the World (now in eight foreign editions including Chinese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, French and Catalan); the classic Strong Democracy (1984, 20th anniversary edition, 2004); and the international best- seller Jihad vs. McWorld (1995), translated into thirty languages with the new sequel forthcoming in 2017. The Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival chose Jihad vs. McWorld as a primary theme book for its 2015 festival. Barber has just completed Cool Cities: The Urban Fix for Global Warming, which will appear at the end 2016.

Barber’s honors include a knighthood (Palmes Academiques/Chevalier) from the French Government (2001), the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin (2001) and the John Dewey Award (2003). He has also been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships, honorary doctorates from Grinnell College, Monmouth University and Connecticut College, and has held the chair of American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and writes for The Nation, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Prospect, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, La Repubblica, El País and The Guardian. He was a founding editor and for ten years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and an M.A. and Doctorate from Harvard University.

Barber appears often on television, including CNN, the BBC, RTV, Fox News, Fox Business, the Tavis Smiley Show, Bill Moyers Journal, Charlie Rose, and GRITtv. With Patrick Watson he wrote the prize-winning ten-part PBS/CBC/ITV series The Struggle for Democracy and contributed to the British TV series Greek Fire. He wrote and narrated the film Music Inn, featured at the Tribeca and Munich film festivals. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and at regional theaters, while his song lyrics for British tenor Martin Best appear on the EMI concept album Knight on the Road. He wrote the libretto for George Quincy’s opera Home and the River, produced by Encompass in New York.


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