Joseph A. Schlesinger

Professor Emeritus

Joseph A. Schlesinger is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Michigan State University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1942. After serving in the U.S Army during World War II, he received an A.M. from Harvard in 1947, and an A.M. in Political Science from Yale University in 1947 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1955. He joined the Political Science Department as in Instructor in 1953, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1958, and promoted to Professor in 1963. Schlesinger is author of How They Became Governor: A Study of Comparative State Politics (1957), Ambition and Politics: Political Careers in the United States (1966), and Political Parties and the Winning of Office (1991). He and his wife Mildred S. Schlesinger live in East Lansing and study French political parties.