Reich named Wells Fargo Advisors Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship by Skandalaris Center

Rob Reich, PhD, associate professor of political science at Stanford University, has been named the 2013-14 Wells Fargo Advisors Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship by the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.


Reich, an expert on political theory who is writing a book on ethics, public policy and philanthropy, will make four visits to WUSTL during the 2013-14 academic year to meet with community members as well as students and faculty. His first two visits will focus on the theme “Tectonic Shifts in the Social Economy.” Subsequent visits will focus on “Ethics and Politics of Social Entrepreneurship” and “What are Foundations For?”

His first visit is Sept. 9-11, when he will be accompanied by research partner Lucy Bernholz, PhD.

“The Wells Fargo Advisors Visiting Professorship allows us to invite thought leaders to campus, introduce them to the community and gain valuable insight into how we can grow our entrepreneurial support systems,” said Ken Harrington, managing director of the Skandalaris Center. “We look forward to collaborating with the Brown School throughout the year and to getting Rob and Lucy’s advice and inputs.”

Reich and Bernholz will lead “New Skills for the New Social Economy — Implications for St. Louis,” a workshop for nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs Monday, Sept. 9, from 2-5 p.m. The workshop is free but registration is required. A reception will follow. More information and registration information can be found here.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Reich will deliver a keynote address, “The New Social Economy: Private Resources for Public Good,” for the YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition and Olin Cup kickoff. The two competitions annually award more than $200,000 to startup social and commercial enterprises. The kickoff is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. More information is at

Reich also will meet with students Sept. 11.

Reich, who has courtesy appointments in philosophy and at the School of Education at Stanford, is a co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), which brings together scholars and philanthropists to examine how institutions and nonprofits address public interests worldwide. He also directs the undergraduate program in Ethics and Society.

He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (2002), co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation (2005), and co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin (2009), Occupy the Future (2013), and Education, Justice, and Democracy (2013).

A popular teacher at Stanford, Reich has received several teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Walter J. Gores Award. He also is a university fellow in undergraduate education at Stanford.

Bernholz’s research focuses on philanthropy, technology, information and policy, and she recently was selected as one of The NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50” for 2013.