Roger Boesche

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Roger Boesche

Roger Boesche teaches the history of European and American political thought at Occidental College in Los Angeles.[1] He is also a socialist and a proponent of John Rawls' book, A Theory of Justice.[citation needed]

Teaching Barack Obama

Socialist activist Caroline Boss, socialist and feminist activist Susan Coll (then Susan Keselenko) and Barack Obama took classes from Professor Roger Boesche.[citation needed] Obama stated that he had "fond memories" of his time at Occidental,

"It's a wonderful, small liberal arts college. The professors were diverse and inspiring. I ended up making some lifelong friendships there, and those first two years really helped me grow up."[2]


  • Loftsgordon Award (the senior class teaching award) twice
  • Sterling Award given by his faculty colleagues for teaching and publication
  • Linda and Todd White Teaching Prize


  • Alexis de Tocqueville: Selected Letters on Politics and Society (1985)
  • The Strange Liberalism of Alexis de Tocqueville (1987)
  • Theories of Tyranny: From Plato to Arendt (1996)
  • The First Great Political Realist: Kautilya and his Arthashastra (2002)
  • Tocqueville's Road Map: Methodology, Liberalism, Revolution, and Despotism (2006)