Oral History Interview with George Kateb

Interviewed by William C. Taubman on June 16, 2008

George Kateb, former professor of political science, was interviewed by William Taubman, also a former professor of political science.


George Kateb came to Amherst in 1957 and served as a 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 a 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.

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