Reitz is the author of several publications on educational and political philosophy with special interest in the life and work of Herbert Marcuse.

"Ecology and Revolution: Herbert Marcuse and the Challenge of a New World System Today" has just been published by Routledge. It is part of Henry A. Giroux's series Critical Interventions. Peter McLaren's series with Peter Lang Publishing included Reitz's book, "Philosophy & Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection & Commonwealth," released in 2016. Both of these volumes are intended to serve as a countervailing force to conventional political and educational theory. Like critical philosophy, critical pedagogy is centrally concerned with the alleviation of suffering, resistance to oppressive power, building a social and historical context for understanding, and agency for emancipatory social change. Reitz argues GreenCommonWealth as an attainable ecosocialist alternative characterized by racial equality, women's equality, the liberation of labor, the restoration of nature, leisure, abundance, and peace.

In August 2015 his edited collection, "Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren," appeared with Lexington Books in a paperback edition with a foreword by Peter McLaren. This features the critical theories of Marcuse and Marx and extends them to an analysis of the intensifying inequalities symptomatic of our current economic distress. A new foundation for emancipatory practice is proposed―a labor theory of ethics and commonwealth. The collection appeals to the contemporary interests of college students and teachers in several interrelated social science disciplines: sociology, social problems, economics, ethics, business ethics, labor education, history, political philosophy, multicultural education, and critical pedagogy. It concludes with a manifesto for radical educators by Peter McLaren.

In 2013 he co-edited a Special Edition of the Radical Philosophy Review on Herbert Marcuse (with Andrew Lamas, Arnold L. Farr, and Douglas Kellner) including "Art, Alienation, and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse" (SUNY Press, 2000) which received a 2002 Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association; "Marcuse in America: Exile as Educator" in Fast Capitalism, online edition, issue 5.2, Fall 2009; "Herbert Marcuse and the Humanities: Emancipatory Education and Predatory Culture," and "Herbert Marcuse and the New Culture Wars," in Douglas Kellner, Tyson Lewis, Clayton Pierce, K. Daniel Cho, Marcuse's Challenge to Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Other publications by Reitz explore the social and theoretical foundations of historical writing and curriculum formation, for example "Horace Greeley, Karl Marx, and German 48ers: Anti-Racism in the Kansas Free State Struggle, 1854-64," which appeared in the Marx-Engels Jahrbuch 2008 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2009).
Education
PhD 1983 State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Critical social and political theory; origins of inequality; education and reproduction of unequal social division of labor; ecosocialist alternatives to capitalist system.
Personal Interests
German-English translations: more than a dozen brief translations of Marcuse's posthumous papers have been published in Douglas Kellner's series with Routledge, Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, Volumes. 4, 5, and 6.