Arthur Melzer

Arthur  Melzer
  • Professor
  • Political Thought
  • Department of Political Science
  • Director, LeFrak Forum
  • 309 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-355-6597

CURRICULUM VITAE

Arthur Melzer


BIOGRAPHY

Arthur Melzer is a Professor in the Department, specializing in political thought. He is also a co-founder and Executive director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy (also known as the LeFrak Forum), an independent research center housed in the Department, which is dedicated to the study of the theory and practice of modern democracy. In 2004 the Symposium was awarded a “We The People” Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From 1992-94, Prof. Melzer was a visiting professor and visiting scholar at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978. His dissertation won the Toppan Prize from Harvard’s Government Department and the Strauss Prize from the American Political Science Association. He has been awarded research fellowships by the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Educational Affairs, the Earhart Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a winner of the MSU Social Science Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award and the Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Melzer, Arthur M. 2008. “On the Inherent Tension Between Reason and Society,” in Reason, Faith, and Politics, eds. Arthur Melzer and Robert Kraynak. Lexington Press.
  • Melzer, Arthur M. 2008. Reason, Faith, and Politics, Co-editor and contributor with Robert Kraynak. Lexington Press.
  • Melzer, Arthur M. 2008. “Introduction,” in Reason, Faith, and Politics, eds. Arthur Melzer and Robert Kraynak. Lexington Press.
  • Melzer, Arthur M. 2007 “On the Pedagogical Motive for Esoteric Writing,” Journal of Politics, 69: 1015-1031.
  • Melzer, Arthur M. 2006. “Esotericism and the Critique of Historicism.” American Political Science Review, 100 (2).