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Sidney Plotkin Professor of Political Science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair

Sidney Plotkin teaches courses on power, public policy, urban politics and the politics of capitalism. His research and writing have centered on the US national and sub-national political economy, with a focus on land use and fiscal politics. He has also written on urban political movements. His current scholarly interest centers on the political and social ideas of the early 20th-century American radical thinker, Thorstein Veblen. Since 2004, he has served as President of the International Thorstein Veblen Association.

  • BA, MS, PhD, City University of New York
  • At Vassar since 1981


Departments and Programs


  • POLI 140. American Politics
  • POLI 277. The Politics of Capitalism


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Photo: Karl Rabe / Vassar College
Photo: Karl Rabe / Vassar College