Michael Rogin
  • Michael Rogin

  • Date of birth: June 29, 1937
  • Died: November 25, 2001
  • Born: in Mt. Kisko, NY, The United States.

  • Description: [NB: sometimes published as Michael Paul Rogin]

    Rogin was a political theorist and the Robson Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in government from Harvard University and his master's and doctoral degrees in political science at the University of Chicago.

    Rogin began teaching at UC Berkeley in 1963 and remained there throughout his distinguished career. His books and many articles and essays earned him a distinguished place in the United States and Europe among scholars of American politics, who valued the breadth and originality of his work and its interdisciplinary character.

    Rogin's books included:

    The Intellectuals and McCarthy (1967) [which he described as "a Gothic horror story disguised as social science."]
    Fathers and Children: Andrew Jackson and the Subjugation of the American Indian (1975)
    Subversive Genealogy: the Politics and Art of Herman Melville (1983)
    'Ronald Reagan', the Movie, and Other Episodes in Political Demonology (1987)
    Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot (1996)
    Independence Day, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Enola Gay (1998)

    Rogin's work appealed to and challenged the preconceptions of a wide variety of academics. His book on Ronald Reagan attracted the attention of the media (Rogin was interviewed on CBS TV's "60 Minutes") and the general public.

    He served on the editorial committee of UC Press for several decades and was one of the founding members of the prestigious humanities journal Representations.

    He was famed at Berkeley for his remarkably creative lectures, which would combine political theory, literature, feminism, interpretations of film and art, psychoanalytic insights, and a firm grasp of the history & material conditions underlying any lecture topic.