Block, James E. 1946–

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Block, James E. 1946–

PERSONAL: Born October 17, 1946, in Chicago, IL; son of Herbert J. (a contractor) and Mildred (a teacher; maiden name, Green) Block; married Ruth Fuerst (a psychotherapist), June 3, 1974; children: Matt. Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1967; University of Sussex, M.A., 1968; doctoral study at Columbia University, 1968–70; New York University, J.D., 1973; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1998.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Political Science, DePaul University, 990 West Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Agent—Garamond Agency, 1245 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02465. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: DePaul University, Chicago, IL, professor of political science, 1978–, director of Honors Program, 1992–93.


A Nation of Agents, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2002.

Contributor to periodicals.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Shaping of American Selfhood, completion expected in 2005.

SIDELIGHTS: James E. Block told CA: "I began writing major projects later in life, after decades of working on shorter pieces for publication, conferences, and so forth. Eventually, the latent desire surfaced to offer more sweeping understandings and to seek a larger impact on the present configuration of culture, politics, and meaning."