Benjamin Berger

Associate Professor of Political Science

Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Political Science, received his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He directs Swarthmore's Engaging Democracy Project, works with the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and (with Professor Amy Cheng-Vollmer) served as one of two Luhrs Fellows steering the nascent Center for Innovation and Leadership.  For his community-based learning pedagogy and research, he was selected by the civic education consortium Project Pericles as one of twenty-six Periclean Faculty Leaders nationwide. 

Ben's research straddles the intersection between normative political theory and empirical political science.  His book, Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement-published by Princeton University Press-won the NASSP (North American Society for Social Philosophy) Book Award for the best social philosophy book published in 2011.  Ben has also published work on Alexis de Tocqueville, Hannah Arendt, political participation, and civic education, and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated NPR program "Radio Times." Current research projects include a book on civic education and another on moral engagement and disengagement, which spans the fields of political philosophy, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.