Joseph D. Lewandowski is a professor, writer, and avid pugilist. He currently serves as Dean of The Honors College and International Affairs and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Missouri (USA). Lewandowski is the author of Interpreting Culture: Rethinking Method and Truth in Social Theory (University of Nebraska Press) and, along with Milan Znoj, co-editor of Trust and Transitions: Social Capital in a Changing World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Most recently, he is the co-editor of Urban Social Capital: Civil Society and City Life (Ashgate Publishing). Lewandowski has published essays in the European Journal of Social Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Cultural Critique, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Poverty and elsewhere. His recent work appears in Theory, Culture & Society, Public Reason, and in German in Berliner Debatte Initial.
In 2005-2006 he was a US Fulbright Scholar in Political Theory at Charles University in Prague. He is also a former Fulbright Graduate Fellow in the Institute of Philosophy at the Free University in Berlin. The co-founder of the Prague-based Social Capital Research Group, Dr. Lewandowski has lectured in social philosophy and political theory at the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies (Holland), the Institute for British and Commonwealth Studies at the University of Lodz (Poland), the Center for European Studies at the University of Florida (Prague Summer Program), the Department of Political Science at Charles University (Prague), and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest (Romania). His current project is entitled The Epistemology of Cool: Essays on Boxing and Post-industrial Urban Life.