Robert B. Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. A native of New Jersey, Talisse earned his PhD in Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate School. His academic work focuses on democracy. More specifically, Talisse writes about how a democratic political order can assist and complicate our efforts to acquire knowledge, share ideas, understand what is of value, and address our disagreements. His research engages questions about public discourse, popular political ignorance, partisan polarization, and the ethics of citizenship.
Talisse has lectured throughout the world. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and twelve books.