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Stephen P. Steinberg



Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of Pennsylvania, 1989
M.A. (Philosophy), New School for Social Research, 1982
M.S. (Journalism), Columbia University, 1972
A. B. (Philosophy), with distinction, University of Michigan, 1971


Advisor to the President, 2004-2015.

Executive Director, Penn National Commission on Society, Culture, and Community, 1996-2004.

Assistant to the President, 1990-2004.

Interim Director, 21st Century Project for the Undergraduate Experience, 1997-98.

Administrative Fellow, Offices of the President and Provost, 1987-90.

Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, 1978-87. 

Lecturer in Philosophy, 1981-present.

Lecturer in Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, Spring 2006.

Faculty Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences, 1990-2019.

Affiliated Faculty, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, 1999-.

Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response, 2002-.

Research Interests

  • 20th Century Continential Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Nationalism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Public Discourse
  • Ideological Conflict
  • Higher Educaton

Selected Publications

Public Discourse in America, Conversation and Community in the 21st Century, Judith Rodin and Stephen P. Steinberg, eds. (Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003; reissued 2011).


429 Cohen Hall

By appointment.