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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