Blog Taxonomy


Over 1,000 posts and counting — all organized around categories that I reorganize according to events, compounded by my current research interests in terms of public and academic projects, teaching, and speaking under categories.*

Obama’s Leadership and World View in the 3rd American Political Tradition: embodied in his: foreign policy, domestic policy (including battling with Democrats and GOP in Congress as well as executive action in terms of implementing old and new civil rights and Obamacare), the surveillance state (NSA & PRISM), inclusivity at home and abroad; and second-term failures.

Hillary Clinton and 2016: such as undermining Obama’s governance with national campaigns; the intersectionality of their ideas and their identities in terms of cosmopolitanism; the intersection of gun violence and the war on women (neotribalism, reproductive rights, new civil rights or LGBTers and disability rights).

Idea Impact: Testing the role of the blogger in the academy in terms of “idea impact” or as “thought leaders” with more gravitas, and/or in amplifying or placing the mainstream media in context (practicing critical thinking).

*Being someone who gets more excited and therefore enthusiastic about “content,” rather than website cleanup, please be patient with my weekly organizing.

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see

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