Zundel, Alan F(rancis) 1952-
ZUNDEL, Alan F(rancis) 1952-
PERSONAL: Born July 20, 1952, in Detroit, MI; son of Francis and Arline (Walsh) Zundel; married Marianna Bobowski, June 5, 1982; children: Nicholas D., Rachel J. Education: Attended Michigan State University, 1970; University of Detroit, B.A., 1985; Wayne State University, M.A., 1987; University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1994. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Spirituality, politics, movies.
CAREER: University of Nevada—Las Vegas, Las Vegas, assistant professor, 1994-2000, associate professor, 2000—.
Declarations of Dependency: The Civic Republican Tradition in U.S. Poverty Policy, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 2000.
Contributor to periodicals, including Spiritual Life Journal.
WORK IN PROGRESS: A Heart Awake, a novel; research on democracy and economic justice.
SIDELIGHTS: Alan F. Zundel told CA: "My first published piece was an autobiographical essay about my experiences with meditation, published in Spiritual Life Journal a couple decades ago. I had developed an intense interest in spirituality and comparative religions, and the article was the outgrowth of a few years of exploring those topics.
"Shortly after that I returned to college to major in religious studies, and my writing efforts were directed to papers for my classes. A concern about economic justice and the plight of the inner-city poor led to graduate study in political science, and eventually to an M.A. and a Ph.D. My dissertation became my first book, Declarations of Dependency: The Civic Republican Tradition in U.S. Poverty Policy. I have also published several academic articles related to various aspects of public policy and economic justice, and I am planning a book on economic justice and democracy.
"In the meantime an early interest in fiction returned, and I wrote a novel loosely based on my early experiences with meditation, but now with the perspective of many more years of experience with meditation and spiritual growth. My writing interests seem to be gravitating back to the spiritual themes very strongly, and I hope and expect to continue writing fiction as an outlet for this."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, December, 2001, review of Declarations of Dependency: The Civic Republican Tradition in U.S. Poverty Policy, p. 232.
Perspectives on Political Science, fall, 2001, Richard Flannery, review of Declarations of Dependency, p. 239.
Social Service Review, June, 2001, review of Declarations of Dependency, p. 354.