Geoffrey Kurtz

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-669

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1245

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


  • B.A. New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL), Political Science,1996
  • Ph.D. Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), Political Science,2007

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • I am currently studying the American social democratic tradition, looking at its ambiguous pattern of emergence and invisibility, its place within the broader tradition of American thinking about democracy and community, and its relationship to mid-century trans-Atlantic debates about humanism, personhood, and the idea of the political. Much of my past writing has been about the nature and meaning of European social democracy and American community organizing.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Phi Theta Kappa Award for Excellence in Education (2008)

Additional Information

My book Jean Jaures: The Inner Life of Social Democracy (preview here) is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook versions. The hardback and ebook can both be found in the CUNY library system.