Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 870604
Mesa, AZ 85287-0604
- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Assistant Professor, Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Robert Kirsch is a political theorist with an interdisciplinary lens. His work focuses on multiple vectors of citizenship in advanced industrial democracies, in particular theories of sovereignty, heterodox rationalities of political economy, and Frankfurt School critical theory in its "first generation" and their integration into American Institutionalism, particularly Veblen and Mumford.
Kirsch is also a Principal Investigator on an NSF grant to increase faculty diversity in the geosciences. His work in this area uses small group theory to develop change leaders who are able to overcome institutional inertia and change departmental culture.
Kirsch is membership director for the Caucus for a New Political Science, and a member of Green Politics and Theory, the International Leadership Association, the International Herbert Marcuse Society, and the International Confederation for the Application of Pluralism in Economics
- PhD, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2012
- MA, Political Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2008
- BA, Political Science, St. John's University, 2004
Kirsch, R. 2017. Toward a theory of economic development as a mode of flash capitalism. Fast Capitalism 14(1):Art 11. (link )
Kirsch, R. E. 2016. The "Digital Revolution" reconsidered -- NPS Christian Bay Best Paper Award APSA 2015, San Francisco, CA. New Political Science 38(1):100-115. DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2015.1125635. (link )
Kirsch, R. and S. Surak. 2016. Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Marcuse in the Twenty-First Century: Radical Politics, Critical Theory, and Revolutionary Praxis". New Political Science 38(4):455-464. DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2016.1228589. (link )
Marcuse, H. and R. Kirsch. 2016. The rationality of philosophy (Introduction by Robert Kirsch). New Political Science 38(4):476-484. DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2016.1228576. (link )
Chandler, J. L. and R. E. Kirsch. 2018. Critical Leadership Theory: Integrating Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-96471-3.
Kirsch, R. and S. Surak eds. 2017. Marcuse in the Twenty-First Century: Radical Politics, Critical Theory, and Revolutionary Praxis. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138573215.
Chandler, J. L. and R. E. Kirsch. 2018. Addressing race and culture within a critical leadership approach. Pp. 307-322 In: Chin, J., J. E. Trimble and J. E. Garcia eds., Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: New Dimensions and Challenges for Business, Education and Society. Emerald Publishing Limited. Bingley, UK. ISBN: 978-1787434967.
Kirsch, R. E. 2018. Focusing on leadership to improve diversity in the geosciences [Blog Post]. Retrieved from link