Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and web sites all over the world. He contributes to local organizing in Austin, TX, through his work with the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, which offers educational resources and organizes community events about U.S. policy around the world; and 5604 Manor, a progressive community center that brings people together to make positive social change.

His most recent books are Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); We Are All Apocalyptic Now: On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out (CreateSpace, 2013) and Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, forthcoming fall 2015). In his 2009 book All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voicehe states that at the root of the current political, economic, cultural, and ecological chaos is a national spiritual unrest, a fragmentation that has inhibited society’s self-awareness and slowed theological progress to a glacial crawl. Jensen suggests a new communion: a way to use theology to create a sustainable society and meet the uncertainty of our lives with confidence.

His published books include The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White PrivilegeCitizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our HumanityWriting Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream; and Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, co-authored with Gail Dines and Ann Russo.

Jensen's project is to engage people in critical analysis of the way in which we all live, while working toward a more humane and ecologically sustainable world. In his words, “… we know there can be no difference between how we treat those we love and those on the other side of the world whom we will never know and never touch…if by virtue of being human we have a claim to life and dignity in living –- then everyone must have that same claim.”

Jensen also challenges men to reject the typical concept of masculinity –- aggressive, competitive, looking to conquer and control –- as being destructive to both sexes and antithetical to creating a just world. His is a strong feminist voice against male dominance and cruelty toward women, and he is an activist against pornography.

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