Robert W. Fuller
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Robert W. Fuller

Robert Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored the text Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. He then served as president of Oberlin College, his alma mater. Beginning in 1978, he worked as a “citizen diplomat” to improve the Cold War relationship. With the collapse of the USSR, Fuller looked back reflectively on his career and understood that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into “Nobodyland” led him to identify rankism—abuse of the power inherent in rank—and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank and All Rise, which describes the “politics of dignity.” His books have been published in translation in Korea, China, India, and Bangladesh. In all of them, Fuller shows how we can combat rankism and narrow the dignity gap between “somebodies” and “nobodies.” Having uncovered the damage rankism causes to individuals and organizations, Fuller lays out a vision for a dignity movement that will transform society in a way that the identity-based movements have not. This is not a call for an egalitarian society where all are equal in rank, but rather a roadmap to a “dignitarian” society where all are equal in dignity.
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