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Ian Buruma

Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism, Bard College
Ian Buruma writes about politics and culture for a variety of major publications—most frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, The Financial Times, and The Guardian. He has served as cultural editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review and Foreign Editor of The Spectator, and in 2008 he was awarded the Erasmus Prize for his "especially important contribution to culture, society or social science in Europe." He is currently the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College. His most recent book, "Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents" was published by Princeton university Press in March, 2010.