Norman Jacobson

On my dissertation committee, and a professor from whom I learned how to teach, was Norman Jacobson.  A man with a gift for weaving narratives into lessons, with a calm, patient and thoughtful voice, and a sense of irony–Norman Jacobson persuaded me through his pedagogy that political theory was a field of …

Michael Rogin

Another Political Theory professor on my dissertation committee was Michael Rogin.  While I had discovered Stephen Oates’ biography on abolitionist John Brown, To Purge This Land with Blood, Mike Rogin’s work on President Andrew Jackson Fathers and Children, helped to guide me towards issues of political authority and its origins in America.  …

Richard Hutson

When I was a freshman, I was assigned to English 1A with Professor William Nestrick.  From that first class session when he had us read the opening of Shakespeare’s “Anthony and Cleopatra” out loud, I was captivated with his teaching and style.  I later took a class in American literature …

A Conversation with Hanna Pitkin

Professor Hanna Pitkin was a member of my dissertation committee, and someone who had a profound impact on me as an undergraduate and graduate student at Berkeley.  This is a description of a conversation with her in 2014, captured at the video below: Hanna Pitkin, Professor Emerita of Political Science at …

American Cultures Student Prize for Writing 2018

In the fall of 2017, I had the good fortune to meet a community college transfer in my Rhetoric 152AC class.  Over the course of the semester, I was able to get to know him through meetings in my office, comments he made in class, and the papers he wrote.  In the spring of 2018 he asked if I would support his submission of an essay written on Frederick Douglass to the American Cultures Student Prize competition.  His essay was selected as the award winner for 2018.  At Cal, we are fortunate to meet and work with students who have the passion and desire to engage, to learn, and to expand their perspectives.  Nick Deleon was one of those students.