Geoffrey Kurtz

Associate Professor of Political Science
Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice


Office: N669

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Phone: 212-220-1245

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I have taught at BMCC since Fall 2007. Influenced by the study of political theory and by experiences in political action, I try to make each of my courses an occasion for students (and for me) to become more thoughtful observers of public life, the better to participate in it.


Political Theory, Intellectual History

Courses Taught

Current Projects


Current Interests

My scholarly work is in the field of political theory. Much of my writing has been about the nature and meaning of European social democracy and American community organizing. In addition to the new project on American social democracy described above, I have been thinking lately about the virtues of representative democracy, the concepts of "community" and "society", the intellectual history of institutional pluralism, and the problem of political hope. I find myself influenced a great deal by the writings of Wilson Carey McWilliams, Karl Polanyi, Paul Tillich, and Michael Walzer -- a set of thinkers who don't fit easily together, and whose connections and differences I am trying to sort out.

Additional Information

My book (preview here) is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook versions. The hardback and ebook can both be found in the CUNY library system.

Here are the syllabi for my Spring 2017 classes:

Lists of required texts for my Fall 2017 American Government (POL 100) and Political Theory (POL 260) classes are available on CUNYFirst. I will post the syllabi here before the fall semester begins.

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