Ginsberg, Benjamin

Will Kirk

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of American Government at the Johns Hopkins University.  He is the author or co-author of a number of books including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced, Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public, Politics By Other Means, The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State, The Consequences of Consent, American Government: Freedom and Power, We The People, and The Captive Public.  Ginsberg is a frequent radio and television commentator and his political essays have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post.  He lives in Potomac, Maryland, just outside the capital beltway, a location he believes gives him both analytic proximity to and critical distance from Washington politics.  Ginsberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1973.  Before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1992, Ginsberg was Professor of Government at Cornell.

On Rorotoko:

On his book The American Lie: Government by the People and Other Political Fables
(Our Cover Feature of December 04, 2008)