Benjamin R. Barber is the Whitman Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and the director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy. He is the author of numerous books, including the political classic Strong Democracy as well as An Aristocracy of Everyone. With Patrick Watson, Barber also created and wrote the prizewinning television series and book The Struggle for Democracy. He writes regularly for Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. He is married to the dancer and choreographer Leah Kreutzer.