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Roger Boesche

The Arthur G. Coons Distinguished Professor of the History of Ideas, Politics

Boesche teaches the history of European and American political thought.


  • Office: Johnson Hall/McKinnon Center for Global Affairs 3rd Floor, Room #309
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  • Phone: (323) 259-2869

Education: B.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

He has won the Loftsgordon Award twice, the Graham L. Sterling Memorial Award, and the Linda and Todd White Teaching Prize.  He has published many articles and books, including Alexis de Tocqueville: Selected Letters on Politics and Society (1985), The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville (1987), Theories of Tyranny: From Plato to Arendt (1996), The First Great Political Realist:  Kautilya and His Arthashastra (2002), and Tocqueville's Road Map: Methodology, Liberalism, Revolution, and Despotism (2006).  The Faculty elected him for Faculty Council President (1990-1992).