My role model in my undergraduate years at Cornell for
empirical social science and an influential public
intellectual. He seemed to have another article in the New
York Times magazine every other Sunday in those days.
More recently in the New York Review of Books.
Hard to believe my official undergraduate advisor at
Cornell was Allan Bloom who was amused at my
struggles to integrate behavioral social science with
Straussian insights into the human condition. He was
working on a new translation of The Republic then. I took
him to McDonalds for lunch to celebrate his draft of the
long introduction. He made me promise not to tell
anybody he loved their double cheeseburgers.
Everybody should have Stinchcombe as their dissertation
chair. He was mine at Berkeley. Always thoughtfully
encouraging, let you make your mistakes and then show
you how to learn from them.
Charlie always knew exactly what he was doing. Paul
Lazarsfeld was so furious when Charlie left Lazarsfeld’s
shop at Columbia to teach at Berkeley Sociology
Lazarsfeld wouldn’t talk to him for years. Charlie wanted
his independence. Then Charlie finished his eighth book
and retired with his wife to the woods of Idaho where he
took up serious wood carving. Charlie wanted his
Herb was the senior guy on the Social Indicators Political
Alienation Project at the UC Berkeley Survey Research
Center with Paul Sniderman, Jack Citrin, and Merrill
Shanks. Pretty good company for us grad students trying
to learn the ropes.
Phil is a role model for just about every political science
grad student in American politics in my generation (and a
few of us sociologists too). As a grad student himself he
stayed up late at ISR in Ann Arbor reading the actual
hand written notes of interviewers on questionnaires as
respondents volunteered explanations and answered
open-ended questions. Phil puzzled over the process by
which half-attentive citizens crafted reasonable answers
to these strange questions. His thinking on the curious
character political attitudes in mass publics turned
scholarship in the field in new directions. I still remember
reading at a kitchen table in Berkeley in awe when I first
discovered Phil’s work.
“A technology of freedom aims at pluralism of expression
rather than a dissemination of preferred ideas.” A scholar
and a gentleman. He defined what being a professor was
all about to many of us starting out in faculty ranks at
MIT. He made it look easy, although it must not have
been easy to be the son of a world famous rabbi.
It was a distinct honor and privilege to work with Marvin at
the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. One of Murrow’s boys
and a journalist to the core, he was amused by the rituals
and tribulations of the academy.
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