Professor of Political Science with St. John's University since 1992.
B.A., Carleton College, 1983;
M.A., The University of Chicago, 1985;
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1992.
Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction, 2011
Faculty Advisor Award, 1995, 2002.
Director, CSB/SJU London Fine Arts Program, Fall 2008
Director, CSB/SJU Tokyo Program, Fall 2004
Director, CSB/SJU Greco-Roman Program, Fall 1999
Policy Fellow, Humphrey Institute Policy Forum. 2001-2002
Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic. 2000
Senior Associate Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 1999
Stanford Humanities Center, Pre-dissertation Fellow. 1988-89
RAND Corporation, Summer Intern. 1988
SJU Office: Simons 168
Spring 2016 Courses
Director of Study Abroad in South Africa
Fall 2016 Courses
12:45 pm - 2:05 pm POLS 221 - Intro to Political Theory
6:15 pm - 9:15 pm POLS 320 - Law & Literature
In this course we will read a series of books and discuss them as a group. This is not a lecture course. Some of the texts are novels, some are plays, some are monographs, some are short stories, some are collections of theoretical essays. There is something here for every taste. Each of the books illustrates some aspect of the law that is worth understanding, whether that aspect concerns interpretation or a particular problem such as vengeance. We will also read a selected set of essays related to the book of the week from various law journals and these are available on-line via Lexis/Nexis. The point of this course is to give each student an understanding of the law as something beyond the cases and institutions studied in POLS 111, 224, 323 and 324. This is not a course in the nitty gritty practicalities of the law. Here I want you to begin to see some of the theoretical complexity as well as the majesty and diversity of law. For the future lawyers among you, this is an undergraduate version of a seminar you might see during your second or third year in law school. For those of you who have no intention of ever setting foot in a court room, let alone a law school, this should be a challenging course that will improve your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.