Teaching Overview

At Yale, I taught an intensive freshman seminar, Historical and Political Thought from Herodotus to Machiavelli (part of the Directed Studies program); a mixed graduate and undergraduate seminar entitled "Ancient Greek Political Development," which surveys the varieties of political experience and ideas from Homer to the beginning of the Hellenistic era (twice); "Classics of Ethics, Politics and Economics," a core course for the Ethics, Politics and Economics major focusing on the history of political economy; a graduate seminar on the key political statements of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero; and an undergraduate lecture course titled "Democracy Ancient and Modern."

At Berkeley, I will continue to teach this material and will also take responsibility for undergraduate lectures in ancient and medieval political thought and modern political thought from the French Revolution to the mid-twentieth century, as well as seminars on single authors (from all periods) and occasional forays into contemporary theoretical topics. 

For details of past classes, including student comments, evaluations and sample materials, please see the "Classes" section of this site.