professor
Dan Nexon

Jan 2000

Somehow, Dan managed to make CC one of the most enjoyable experiences i've had here at Columbia. Do not be put off by the first class - he comes across as a little dictator. However, he is a brilliant man who consistently brings out interesting and often vehement class discussion. Be forewarned: you will work in his class. Requirements include weekly 1-2 pg. responses to the reading, two longer papers, midterm and final, both of which are difficult, yet fair, and consist of identifications. Readings are often a little long, and include several additional texts (Do you REALLY like Alexis de Tocqueville? Whoa doggie, this is the class for YOU) It really is worth it though. I mean, in what other class are you going to be assigned a paper on Nietzche, Kierkegaard and The Matrix? Dan truly cares about his students, is always available for consultation, and tries to make the class relatively fun and laid back; several students in my class still keep in touch with him.