Rob Reich

Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, http://robreich.stanford.edu, @robreich


Are Stanford Students Just Excellent Sheep?


In a series of articles and speeches over the past few years, William Deresiewicz has levied some damning accusations against elite education…


When Adequacy Is Inadequate


The Unappreciated Rejection of Equal Educational Opportunity


We take public schooling and compulsory education laws for granted, a…


Best New Yorker Profiles of Scholars


The New Yorker ungated its archive. Here are three excellent longform pieces about scholars worth attention.

  1. How to be Good, Larissa…

Are Stanford Students Just Excellent Sheep?


In a series of articles and speeches over the past few years, William Deresiewicz has levied some damning accusations against elite education…

Publications edited by Rob Reich

Concerning philanthropy, charity, nonprofits, and foundations.

Articles, Stories, and Posts by and about Scholars

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Lean In, One Year Later


It’s been a good year for Sheryl Sandberg. In January, she became one of the youngest billionaires in the world, joining the small group of women on the list and the…


#GivingTuesday Gaining Ground

The Power of Digital Civil Society


Consumer spending on holiday shopping this past weekend was down $1.7 billion dollars, according to


On Private Donations to Public Schools


Glamorous and lucrative school auctions to support wealthy suburban schools have become a stock feature of popular writing about Silicon Valley. David Kaplan opened his 1999 book, The Silicon Boys, with an account of the over-the-top excesses of the annual charity auction of the Woodside School Foundation. And George Packer’s recent article in the New


Does Philanthropy Help the Poor? Should it?

Caring for the Needs of Strangers


Peter Singer says that people who give to art museums rather than to poverty…


What Are Foundations For?

On the role of philanthropy in democratic societies


I’ve been writing about the role of philanthropy in democracy for the past few years. Through my work with the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, I’ve come to understand a little better the work of one significant component of American philanthropy: private philanthropic…