Michael James, associate dean of faculty, Division of Social Sciences and a political science professor, is the recipient of the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching. In conjunction with that award, he’ll present a free, public lecture entitled “Citizenship and Responsibility for the Past: The Case of Spain’s Sephardim and Moriscos” on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, third floor, Elaine Langone Center.
James joined the Bucknell political science faculty in 1999. In addition to teaching and his current associate dean position, James has previously served as chair of political science (2014-17) and as coordinator of the legal studies program (2010-14). A theorist who studies contemporary democratic theory, theories of political representation, theories of immigration, and the philosophy of race, he authored the book Deliberative Democracy and the Plural Polity. The book was nominated for several prizes including the Ralph J. Bunche Award and the Giovanni Sartori Award. He is an active scholar publishing in journals such as the Political Research Quarterly; The Journal of Politics, Polity; and European Journal of Political Theory. He is actively working on his next manuscript.
A reception in James’ honor will be held afterward in Arches Lounge.
The Class of 1956 Lectureship was established in recognition of inspirational teaching. The lecture is given annually by a Bucknell faculty member chosen by a committee of the provost, deans, two faculty representatives and two student representatives.