Dennis G. Dalton

Professor Emeritus

Political Theory

Dennis Gilmore Dalton taught at Barnard College from fall 1969 through spring 2008. The Barnard Magazine interviewed him for its Spring 2008 issue, see the article "Pillar and Passion for Political Theory."

Academic Focus: 

Political theory
Political thought in South Asia
Nonviolence and violence in society
Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King, Jr.


POLS BC 1013 Political Theory I (Classical)
POLS BC 1014 Political Theory II (Modern)
POLS BC 3007 Modern Political Movements
POLS BC 3423y Colloquium on Nonviolence
POLS BC 3761-62 Senior Research Seminar in Political Theory
FSM BC 1206 First-Year Seminar on Violence & Nonviolence

Awards & Honors: 
  • Senior Fulbright Scholarship for Research and Teaching in Nepal, 1994-95
  • Ann Whitney Olin Senior Award for Teaching and Research, 1989-94
  • Emily Gregory Award for Distinguished Teaching, Barnard College, 1978
  • American Council of Learned Societies grant for research in South Africa, August 1975
  • American Philosophical Institute grant for research in India, January-July 1975
  • American Council of Learned Societies grant for research at the India Office Library, London, England, June-August 1972
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Ph.D., University of London
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Rutgers University



Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action


Indian Idea of Freedom


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