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Lecturer in English 

State University of New Jersey  
at Rutgers  



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Dr. Robert J. Roecklein was born in Washington Township New Jersey. He received the B.A. degree in Government cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1983. In 1990 and 1997, Roecklein received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Roecklein received training in an interdisciplinary writing program at Rutgers while writing his dissertation. In the fall of 1999, he was appointed co-director of the Douglas campus writing program, overseeing thirty-five faculty, and running the college writing center. In September of 2001, Roecklein joined the Composition program at Penn State Behrend, teaching three semesters of composition and one section of political philosophy each semester.

In December of 2010, Roecklein published his first book with Lexington Books of Lanham, Md: Plato versus Parmenides: the Debate over Coming into Being in Greek Philosophy. This book is a systematic examination of the major Pre-Socratic and Platonic philosophies, and it was composed to serve as a foundation for an examination of the politicized fact-finding dimension of modern liberal political science. Roecklein is currently at work on a second book: Epicurean Liberalism in the Republican Writings of Machiavelli. Roecklein is a member of the Northeast Political Science Association, and presents a paper there every November at the annual meeting.

Roecklein teaches four different political philosophy courses here at Penn State Behrend: 017W (Writing Intensive Introduction to Political Philosophy); 430 (Selected Texts in the History of Political Philosophy); 432 (Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy); and 155 (Understanding Tyranny).

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