Confronting fundamental problems of the human condition and pressing problems of the day, using the broad resources of social research, we seek to provoke critical and informed discussion.

Public Seminar is an intellectual commons for analysis, critique and debate. We publish articles that in our judgement are useful, constructive, illuminating or thought-provoking contributions to the conversation of the times.

The views expressed by contributors are not those of the editors or staff of Public Seminar. Nor does Public Seminar represent the views of The New School.

Public Seminar follows in the spirit of The New School’s legendary General Seminar, founded by the original scholars in exile, who came to The New School fleeing Nazi and Fascist repression. Through it, we are constituting a seminar for informed and free inquiry for the 21st century.

Following The New School’s ‘University in Exile’ tradition and Public Seminar’s mission, we support:

Executive Editors

Managing Editor

Editorial Director


Social Media Editor

  • Philomena Mattes

Podcast Editors

  • Molly Mintz
  • Ian Riedel

Media Editor

  • Jeharrah Pearl

Senior Editors