George Kateb was interviewed by William C. Taubman on June 16, 2008.  Excerpts from the interview are below.   Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

George Kateb came to Amherst in 1957 and served as Professor of Political Science until 1986 when he went to Princeton University.  He is credited with making significant contributions to liberal political theory, focusing on the ethical dimensions of the individual in a constitutional democracy.  He has written scholarly works on Emerson, Mill, and Arendt as well as articles on the Bill of Rights and constitutional law.  He retired from teaching at Princeton in 2002.

William C. Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science and in 2004 received the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Khrushchev.  He has been a member of the faculty since 1967, teaching in the field of international, Russian, and Soviet politics.

  • Kateb describes Amherst as a "small-scale utopia":


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  • Kateb discusses his political evolution in the late 1960's and early 1970s:


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  • Kateb talks about Amherst as a "teaching college":


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