Michael Berube

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Michael Berube, who was named, in 2006, as one of the "101 Most Dangerous Academics in America" by conservative commentator David Horowitz - was born in 1961 in New York City, New York.[1]

He currently lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife Janet Lyon and their two sons, Nick and James.[2]


Berube attended Regis High School and was in the same graduating class with Patrick Fitzgerald - the U.S. Attourney Special Prosecutor.[3]

Berube attained, in 1982, a B.A. from Colombia University and his Ph.D. in 1989, from the University of Virginia.[4]

He held a professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[5]

While at the University of Illinois, he was director of the program for research in the humanities.[6]

He is currently the Paterno Family Professor in Literature at Pennsylvania State University where he teaches American literature and cultural studies.[7]

Some of his other academic persuits include African-American literature and critical theory.[8]

He was elected, in 2010, second vice president of the Modern Language Association, the presidency of which he will resume in 2012.

Berube also serves on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors, in addition to his being on the AAUP's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.


Berube is the author of a number of books on disability rights, cultural studies, "liberal politics" and debates in higher education.[9]

He has written nine books, including Public Access: Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics.[10]

Berube is the author of over 150 essays.[11]

He has also written for many academic journals, as well as The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Harpers, Dissent and The Nation.


Berube had, from 2004 to January 8, 2007, had his own blog, wherein he focused on cultural studies, "liberal politics", disability rights and debates in higher education, mixing these subjects with such things as his family life to music and sports.[12]

On March 22, 2007, he joined the political blog Crooked Timber, which is run by a number of academics.[13]

Berube also occasionally blogs at the TPM Cafe.[14]

On September 29, 2008, he restarted his own blog.[15]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Michael Berube signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[16] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.


Michael Berube was an identified member of JournoList - an email group of approximately 400 "progressive" and socialist journalists, academics and "new media" activists.

JournoList members reportedly coordinated their messages in favor of Barack Obama and the Democrats, and against Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. JournoList was founded in 2007 and was closed down in early 2010.[17]


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  16. http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml
  17. Free Republic: JournoList: 151 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations), July 30, 2010 (accessed August 2, 2010)