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 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 discussions of humanism, personhood, and the concept of the political. Much of my past writing has been about the nature and meaning of European social democracy and American community organizing.



Essays, articles, etc.

Reviews and review essays

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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

Additional Information

During the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be on sabbatical.