Associate Professor of Political Science
Professor Berger is an authority in modern political theory, with special concentration on the work of Alexis de Tocqueville and Hannah Arendt. His expertise extends beyond theory to the practice of democratic politics: citizen participation, civic engagement, ethics in politics, and the advantages as well as challenges of community-based learning. He recently completed a book manuscript on the difficulties that democracies often encounter—not only now, but dating back to ancient Greece—in sustaining adequate political attention among their citizens.
Berger teaches courses on modern political theory (from Machiavelli to the present day), political ethics and the "good life," and a community-based learning course on American civic engagement. In that course, students augment their traditional classroom learning by meeting with civic leaders, visiting town hall and school board meetings, and interning with political or public interest organizations. The goal is to understand better the daily experience of democracy in different types of communities.
Professor Berger received his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.