Edward Stettner


Faculty emeritus
B.A. Brown University, M.A. Princeton University, Ph.D. Princeton University

Edward Stettner
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.

I taught at Wellesley from 1966 to 2008.  The courses I taught most often were Classical and Medieval Political Theory, Modern Political Theory and American Political Thought.  In the early years of my career, I also taught European comparative politics.  And I taught the introductory course in the Political Science Department most years, as well as various seminars in such topics as political obligation and civil disobedience and utopian political thought.
I've been a member of various political science associations, as well as the American Association of University Professors.  In recent years I've served on the Board of Trustees of Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.