Jerry Weinberger

Director, Lefrak Forum and Co-director, Symposium On Science, Reason and Modern Democracy

Jerry Weinberger

Jerry Weinberger is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Michigan State University.  From 1997 until 2001 he was Chair of the Department of Political Science.  He received his B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973.  He won the Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award, has won fellowships from the Earhart Foundation and the Institute for Educational Affairs, and has twice been a Senior Research Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is the Director of the LeFrak Forum and Co-Director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, both located in the Department of Political Science.  In 2007, he won the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award.  

Professor Weinberger has pursued a career-long interest in the relation between modern politics and the rise of modern science and technology.  He has written extensively on the seventeenth centery philosopher and statesman Sir Francis Bacon and more recently has lectured and written on the emerging subject of biotechnology.  Professor Weinberger is also interested in the intersection of politics and literature.  He is currently working on a new book on the political thought of Martin Heidegger.

Among his books and scholarly articles are Science, Faith and Politics: Francis Bacon and the Utopian Roots of the Modern Age (Cornell University Press, 1985); "Politics and the Problem of Technology: An Essay on Heidegger and the Tradition of Political Philosophy" (American Political Science Review, March 1992); "Technology and the Problem of Liberal Democracy" in the The Problem of Technology in the Western Tradition, ed. Melzer, Weinberger, and Zinman (Cornell University Press, 1993); Francis Bacon's History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh: A New Edition and Interpretive Essay (Cornell University Press, 1996); and "Pious Princes and Red-Hot Lovers: The Politics of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" (The Journal of Politics, 2003).  His latest book is Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought (The Univeristy Press of Kansas, 2005).

Professor Weinberger writes occasionally for City Journal and other magazines and is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington DC.