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Josiah Ober

Josiah Ober is a historian and Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University, where he holds the Markos & Eleni Kounalakis Chair in Honor of Constantine Mitsotakis. He specializes in historical institutionalism and political theory, focusing on the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world and its contemporary relevance. He is the author of a number of books on those subjects, including Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens (1989), Political Dissent in Democratic Athens (2008), and Democracy and Knowledge (2008). He has also published about 75 articles and chapters, including recent articles in American Political Science Review, Philosophical Studies, Hesperia, Polis, and Transactions of the American Philological Association.

Most recently, Ober is the author, along with Brook Manville, of The Civic Bargain: How Democracy Survives. His other works in progress include a general theory of democracy, a study of rational cooperation, and useful knowledge in Greek political thought.