Loneliness as a Way of Life

By Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm. Harvard University Press.


Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

An Interview with Professor Thomas Dumm

Loneliness as a Way of Life

By Thomas Dumm, Professor of Political Science; Chair of the Political Science Dept. Harvard University Press, 2008

Reviewed by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

The Lonely Self


Overheard on campus

“I position it behind students so that they can’t see it. When they’re sitting and talking to me, and I’m asking them why their paper is late, they don’t dare ever speak anything but the truth. Nothing holds as much fear for them as this lie detector.”

What They Are Reading

We asked Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm what he has been reading lately. Here’s what he told us:

I can’t distinguish between reading for leisure and reading for work any more. These days, everything feels like it has the potential to be a subject for political thinking. I even read the National Enquirer occasionally, trying to solve a mystery: what keeps Britney Spears in the news as much as Hillary Clinton?

Political Science Professor Dumm Edits Special Issue of Theory and Event Devoted to September 11

Political Scientist Dumm Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

April 19, 2001Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Thomas Dumm, professor of political science at Amherst College, has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The foundation will support his research on loneliness and experience for the 12-month period beginning in September 2001. Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded on the basis of past accomplishment and future promise as a scholar, writer and artist.