Thomas Ponniah

Thomas Ponniah, Ph.D, was a Lecturer on Social Studies, Assistant Director of Studies, and Faculty Associate of the Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics at Harvard University from 2003-2011. He taught courses on modern social and political thought, the philosophy and methods of the social sciences, globalization and global justice. He is currently an affiliate of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

His rabble column offers commentary on contemporary social, political and cultural ideas, issues and events.

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Mar 6, 2013

Science versus democracy

The politics of science have to be re-thought -- that is, we should not assume that the link between scientific method, epistemology and political implementation is pre-determined.
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Feb 27, 2013

Pedagogy, mentoring and innovation

In today's column I touch on one aspect of the art of pedagogy, that is, not on the technical procedures that enable understanding, but the incitement to knowledge provided by good instructors.
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Feb 13, 2013

Activism and the cult of youth

As the elder members of our society cease to work they will not fade into retirement homes, bridge clubs and gardening but will instead revive the activist impulses of their youth.
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Feb 6, 2013

Pedagogy and progressives

The dilemma for progressives is of a higher order than that of the incoming student: there is consensus that neoliberalism is dangerous but there is no agreement on a framework for information.

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