Nancy L. Rosenblum
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Rosenblum is an expert on democratic ethics in everyday life, including neighbor relations, civil society and voluntary associations, as well as ethics of partisanship in an age of party polarization, the status of political Independents, and civil liberties at universities. Other areas of expertise include parties and partisanship, civil society, neighbors, and conspiracism in American politics. She served as Chair of the Department of Government at Harvard University for six years. In 2010, she won the Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship for her book, “On the Side of the Angels”, and was elected Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Rosenblum is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Proposes three standards for responsible party officials to use when judging whether to oppose conspiratorial claims: when they are fueled by hatred of certain groups; when they represent the opposition as treasonous and illegitimate; and when conspiracism extends to authority generally, especially expert authority, thereby undermining the basic work of government decision making.
Navigates the ordinary vices and offenses of neighbors, and neighbors in extreme situations of betrayal, murder, and disaster. Expands on the centrality of the good neighbor ideal for democracy in America. Analyses good neighbors as the “saving remnant” of democracy.
Takes issue with contemporary arguments that value the political identity ‘Independent’ and disparage partisanship. Argues that inclusiveness, comprehensiveness, and compromisingness set the contours for an ethic of partisanship.
Argues a political theory of the history of anti-partyism and anti-partisanship. Explains the defense of parties in democracy and of ethical partisanship in the U.S.
Highlights Thoreau on politics, civil disobedience, and American democracy. Analyses radicalism in America.
Expands on the claims of religious groups and on constitutional exemptions.
Presents a study of voluntary associations in America and a qualified defense of undemocratic, illiberal associations. Winner of the APSA David Easton Prize.