Faculty

Joshua Foa Dienstag

Professor

Contact Information

Email    dienstag@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  3339 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
Professor of Political Science and Law Originally from New York City, he received his doctorate from Princeton University and taught at the University of Virginia for 13 years before moving to UCLA. His research focuses largely on European political theory between the 17th and 19th centuries but he has also written about cinema, the American Founding, and Don Quixote. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Polity, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, History & Memory and New Literary History among other places. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the Center on Constitutional Government at Harvard University. His first book, Dancing in Chains: Narrative and Memory in Political Theory (Stanford U.P., 1997), pursued the narrative structures embedded in the major texts of political theory. His second book Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit (Princeton U.P., 2006) established the existence of a tradition of pessimistic political theory focused on the burdens that a time-bound existence imposes on life and politics. His new book Cinema, Democracy and Perfectionism: Joshua Foa Dienstag in Dialogue will be published this year. Professor Dienstag teaches classes in modern, continental and contemporary political theory as well as more specialized classes on individual thinkers or topics.

Degrees

Princeton University, Ph.D. in Politics, January 1993. Princeton University, M.A. in Politics, June 1989. Harvard University, B.A. in Government

Fields of Study

Political Theory

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Political Theory Field Seminar 1

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Continental Political Thought

2016 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2016 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Introduction to Political Theory

2015 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Seminar: Political Theory

2014 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Introduction to Political Theory

2013 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2013 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Late Modern and Contemporary Political Theory from Hegel to the Present

2012 Fall Quarter

Politics, Theory, and Film

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2012 Winter Quarter

Continental Political Thought

2011 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

Seminar: Political Theory

2011 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Late Modern and Contemporary Political Theory from Hegel to the Present

2010 Fall Quarter

Continental Political Thought

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2010 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Late Modern and Contemporary Political Theory from Hegel to the Present

Politics, Theory, and Film

2009 Fall Quarter

Continental Political Thought

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2009 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

2008 Fall Quarter

Politics, Theory, and Film

Seminar: Political Theory

2008 Spring Quarter

Special Studies in Political Theory

2008 Winter Quarter

Seminar: Political Theory

2007 Fall Quarter

Politics, Theory, and Film

Continental Political Thought

Teaching Political Science

2007 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2007 Winter Quarter

Politics, Theory, and Film

Continental Political Thought

2005 Fall Quarter

Special Studies in Political Theory

Selected Texts in Political Theory

Previous Courses by Course

GE CLST 21B
History of Modern Thought

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 116B
Continental Political Thought

2017 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 210A
Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2016 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 21A
History of Modern Thought

2016 Fall Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 10
Introduction to Political Theory

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 212
Seminar: Political Theory

2015 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 111C
History of Political Thought: Late Modern and Contemporary Political Theory from Hegel to the Present

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 113B
Politics, Theory, and Film

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 217
Selected Texts in Political Theory

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 218
Selected Topics in Political Theory

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 119
Special Studies in Political Theory

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 495
Teaching Political Science

2007 Fall Quarter