Dirty Politics Dirty Politics: Scandals in American Political History

Dirty Politics: Scandals in American Political History


Robert David “KC” Johnson, Moderator

This Seminar will examine political scandals in American history up to the current day. It will begin by examining the issue of corruption in late 19th and early 20th century American politics, before moving on to discuss the re-emergence of scandal in the post-World War II period. Ethical transgressions in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s will be explored, with the Seminar concluding by analyzing the myriad scandals that dominate U.S. politics today.

Each session will open with a brief survey of contemporary matters, including the looming midterm elections.

Session 1 The Politics of Corruption
Session 2 Postwar Political Scandals
Session 3 Ethics and 1960s Politics
Session 4 Watergate
Session 5 The Clinton Scandals
Session 6 Contemporary Scandals

* Please note:

There are FOUR (4) Sections of this Seminar. Specify your first choice of TIME and DATE.

WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. OR WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SEPT 5, 26
OCT 10, 24
NOV 7, 28


WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  OR  WEDNESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
OCT 3, 17, 31
NOV 14

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Professor Robert David "KC" Johnson

ROBERT DAVID “KC” JOHNSON — Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He has written and edited numerous books about American history, and appears frequently as a pundit on the History Channel. His most recent publication is the edited Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization, published by Palgrave/MacMillan; and he has been selected by Oxford University Press to edit its forthcoming Oxford History Handbook of American Foreign Relations.