B.A. Brown University, M.A. Princeton University, Ph.D. Princeton University
Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
Taught political theory courses at Wellesley. Main research field is American Political Thought.
I've been interested in a wide range of issues in political theory and especially in American political thought. My main publication is a study of the political thought of Herbert Croly (1869-1930), an American progressive theorist. The book is Shaping Modern Liberalism: Herbert Croly and Progressive Thought. Croly wrote The Promise of American Life (1909) which influenced Theodore Roosevelt and the progressive movement. I also have written on issues of political obligation and vigilantism among other topics. I also edited a symposium held on European politics, held at Wellesley in 1969.