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Stephen Eric Bronner was born in 1949. He received his B.A. from the City College of New York and his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. The Senior Editor of Logos, an interdisciplinary internet journal, he is also Chair of the Executive Committee of US Academics for Peace and a member of the advisory board of Conscience International. Professor Bronner's works have been translated into over a dozen languages and they include: Socialism Unbound (Routledge); Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press); A Rumor about the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the "Protocols of Zion" (Oxford University Press); Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement (Columbia University Press); Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Rightwing Ambitions, and the Erosion of American Democracy (University Press of Kentucky); Peace Out of Reach: Middle Eastern Travels and the Search for Reconciliation (University Press of Kentucky). His most recent works are The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persists (Yale University Press) and The Bitter Taste of Hope: Ideals, Ideologies and Interests in the Age of Obama (SUNY Press). Dr. Bronner is currently Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Director of Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and a member of the Executive Committee for the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention and Human Rights. In 2011, he was awarded the Middle East Peace Prize by the Middle East Peace Network based in Jerusalem.
Over the last ten years I have been engaged in various projects with the aim of helping resolve conflicts and bettering understanding between nations. Working as the Chair of the Executive Committee with US Academics for Peace and as an advisor for Conscience International (and, more recently, the Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry), I have been a member of various delegations that have visited “hotspots” in the Middle East and elsewhere. Meetings were arranged in each case at major universities and conferences. More intimate discussions were also organized with leading politicians — including President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, former Presidents Khatami and Ahmadinejad of Iran, former President Nimeiry of Sudan, and the late Yasser Arafat — as well as institutes and individuals advising on policy. The aim was to give important policymakers abroad a better understanding of American politics and public opinion and for us to gain more insight into the thinking of major players on the world stage with respect to some of the crucial issues of our time. On returning to the United States I have given interviews to both the foreign press and America media, published scholarly and journalistic articles, and also used my experiences for a number of books. I also received the MEPeace Award for Contributions to Peace in 2011 for my efforts. All of these activities obviously fit the mandate of the UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention and, in each case, my role in my connection the Center for Genocide and Human Rights was highlighted. I hope to continue with these activities in the future.