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POL 332 – American Statesmanship
Professor Darren M. Staloff

T   11:00 am - 12:20 pm

This course explores the founding of the American Republic from the Revolution through the early Republic by focusing on the thought and practice of several leading figures including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.  Combining biographical materials and primary sources, this course places the lives of these men within the context and political dynamics of the new nation with a particular focus on the problem of constitutional founding and the first party system.

This course will consist of lectures and seminar discussions.  Participation in seminar discussions will comprise 30% of the final grade and requires the completion of all readings prior to class.  Take home mid-term and final examinations will comprise an additional 30 and 40 percent of the grade respectively, each of which will be between 8-12 typed double spaced pages.

Darren M. Staloff is Professor of Early American History, The City College of New York and the City University of New York.  He is the Madison Program’s Spring 2010 Garwood Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor in Politics at Princeton University.   He served as a postdoctoral fellow and National Endowment of the Humanities Scholar at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture. He was the James Madison Program’s 2006-07 Garwood Family Visiting Fellow.  His primary interests are early American intellectual and political history. He is the author of two books, The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts (Oxford University Press, 1998) and Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding (Hill and Wang, 2005). He has also designed and performed in several taped lecture series with Teaching Company on American History and the History of Philosophy.   He received his B.A. from Columbia College and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.