Richard Shusterman received a B.A. in Philosophy and English and an M.A. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After three years as an officer in the Israeli army, he continued his academic studies in England, receiving his doctorate in Philosophy from St. John's College, Oxford University. From 1998-2004, he served as chair of the Philosophy Department at Temple University, and in 2004 was appointed the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University. He is also associated with the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris. Although most of his career has been in philosophy, Professor Shusterman has held appointments in other disciplines in the humanities. In Israel, he taught in a comparative literature department and also lectured on art theory at Jersualem's Bezalel Art Academy. For ten years, he has been a recurrent visiting professor at the interdisciplinary Department of Liberal Studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. In Paris, he was an associate of the École des Hautes Études in Sciences Sociales; in Berlin, he was a Fulbright Professor in both philosophy and American studies; and in Hiroshima he was appointed as Visiting Research Professor in Aesthetics, Somatic Philosophy, and Education.
Professor Shusterman's research (for which he received a Senior National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship and other prestigious awards) ranges widely from high-brow topics to popular culture, integrating perspectives from European, American, Jewish, African-American, and East-Asian studies. His authored books include Body Consciousness (2008); Surface and Depth (2002); Performing Live (2000); Practicing Philosophy: Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life (1997); Sous l'interprétation (1994), Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art (1992, 2nd edition 2000, and already translated into twelve languages); and T.S. Eliot and the Philosphy of Criticism (1988). The editor of Analytic Aesthetics (1989), Bourdieu: A Critical Reader (1999), and The Range of Pragmatism and the LImits of Philosophy (2004), he is also co-editor of The Interpretive Turn (1991) and Interpretation, Relativism, and the Metaphysics of Culture (1999). Find more information about Dr. Shusterman's books here.
Besides his academic writing, Professor Shusterman has reviewed books for The Nation and contributed catalogue essays for prominent art museums and for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has directed a project for UNESCO on urban culture and hosted a long-running monthly book discussion series at Barnes and Noble, Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia. Not included in the list of publications of his CV are Shusterman's articles of popular rap criticism, written between 1992-1994 for the North Philly rap fanzine, JOR. His research in somatic philosophy is fueled by his experience as a professional practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, an educational and therapeutic discipline to enhance body awareness and performance.