• Social Research An Int'l Quarterly

APOLOGY / Vol. 87, No. 4 (Winter 2020)

Arien Mack, Journal Editor

Ebby Abramson

Dolunay Bulut

Endangered Scholars Worldwide

Arjun Appadurai

On questions of reparation, restitution, and repatriation of objects in which the actors involved, especially nation-states, did not exist during the original acquisition or expropriation

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard professor in media, culture and communication at New York University, where he is also senior fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as honorary professor in the department of media and communication at Erasmus University, the Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, and as a senior research partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (1996; 1997).

Roy Brooks

On apology and reparations for racial justice in the light of the current state of race relations in the United States

Roy Brooks is the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, a member of the American Law Institute and the Authors Guild. His works include The Racial Glass Ceiling (2017), Structures of Judicial Decision Making from Legal Formalism to Critical Theory, no. Rev. 2nd (2012), and Racial Justice in the Age of Obama (2009).

Thomas Brudholm

On apology failure/reflection on apology, evil, anger, forgiveness, using the case of survivors refusing to accept their torturer's apology

Thomas Brudholm is an associate professor of minority research theory at the University of Copenhagen (Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies) and a visiting scholar at CERI-Sciences Po-CNRS in Paris. He is also an editor and contributor to several books, including The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity (2009, co-edited with Thomas Cushman) and the author of Resentment's Virtue (2008).

Jean-Marc Coicaud

On the role, if any, of apology in international law and international justice

Jean-Marc Coicaud is a professor of law and global affairs and director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He also serves on the advisory board of Global Policy Journal and is a member of the Carnegie Council Advisory Board of Global Policy Innovations. He has authored 14 books including L’introuvable démocratie autoritaire [The Thin Authoritarian Democracy] (1997), Politics and Legitimacy: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (2002), and Beyond the National Interest (2007).

Jon Elster On apology and transitional justice

Jon Elster is the Robert K. Merton professor of the social sciences and teaches political science at Columbia University. His publications include Ulysses and the Sirens (1979), Sour Grapes (1983), Making Sense of Marx (1985), The Cement of Society (1989), Solomonic Judgements (1989), Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences (1989), Local Justice (1992) and Political Psychology (1993).

Alice MacLachlan

On public apology in the current political context

Alice MacLachlan is an associate professor of philosophy in the department of philosophy at York University, where she writes and teaches in moral, political, and feminist philosophy. Her publications include Fiduciary Duties and the Ethics of Public Apology (2016), 'Trust Me, I’m Sorry:’ The Paradox of Public Apology (2015), Closet Doors and Stage Lights: On the Goods of Out (2012), and Unreasonable Resentments (2010).

Thomas Meaney

On apologies and nationalism; why some people/states apologize and some don't

Thomas Meaney is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University, a visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, and a fellow at the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Heinrich Böll Stiftung).

Melissa Nobles

On the role, if any, of apology with regards to human rights violations and transitional justice

Melissa Nobles is the Kenan Sahin dean of the school of humanities, arts, and social sciences, and professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (2000), The Politics of Official Apologies (2008), and co-editor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (2013).

Claire Potter

On public apology and #MeToo

Claire Potter is a professor of history in the schools of public engagement and the school for social research at The New School. She is also the executive editor of public seminar and is currently working on a forthcoming book called Click Bait Nation: the Origins of American iPolitics.

Francey Russell

On character apologies at the individual vs social and public apologies

Francey Russell is a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in philosophy, and the humanities at Yale for 2017–2019. Starting July 2019, she will be an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Barnard College at Columbia University.

Cass Sunstein


Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University professor at Harvard. He is author of many articles and books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014). He is now working on group decisionmaking and various projects on the idea of liberty.

Janna Lea Thompson

On how the concept of apology plays out overintergenerational terms, considering both reparations we owe for wrongs done to the dead and our obligations to future generations

Janna Lea Thompson is a philosopher at large.