Margaret Levi, Editor of the Annual Review of Political Science, talks with Elinor Ostrom. In this prefatory interview, Dr. Ostrom talks about her personal journey in academia, not only as a woman, but also as a non-traditional student who worked outside of academia before pursuing graduate work. She discusses her belief in collaboration and multi-disciplinary research, as well as her research in common-pool resources and governance.
Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), talks about his life and career with Nancy Rosenblum, Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government at Harvard University and Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Growing up in a "family of lefties" during World War II, Professor Walzer began writing about politics as a child, and for the rest of his career, he toed the line between professorship and militancy. For over 30 years, he has co-edited Dissent, a magazine about politics and culture founded in 1954. He wrote 27 books and over 300 articles, about topics ranging from Just War Theory to religion, and civil society.
Dr. Govindjee, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about his life and career with Dr. Donald Ort, Professor of Plant Biology at the same university and Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Plant Biology. Dr. Ort describes Dr. Govindjee as an icon of photosynthesis, and Dr. Govindjee discusses some of his most exciting discoveries on photosynthesis since he started investigating the matter with Robert Emerson in the 1950s. Dr. Govindjee also tells Dr. Ort about his beginnings at the University of Allahabad in India, and explains why he doesn't have a family name.