Thomas HalperThomas Halper

Phone: (646) 312-4413
Location: VC 5-278


Thomas Halper received his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, and taught at Tulane University and Coe College before coming to Baruch, where, after chairing the political science department for many years, he is now professor.  He teaches constitutional law and civil liberties, where he relishes the give and take with students.  Professor Halper lives in Brooklyn, around the corner from where he grew up.


Civil Liberties (POL 3314)                                                Constitutional Law (POL 3313)

Selected Publications


Positive Rights in a Republic of Talk: A Survey and a Critique.  Dordrecht, Netherlands, London, and Boston: Kluwer Academic, 2003.

The Misfortunes of Others: End-State Renal Disease in the United Kingdom.  New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Power, Politics, and American Democracy.  Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman, 1981.

Foreign Policy Crises: Appearance and Reality in Decision Making.  Columbus: Charles E. Merrill, 1971.

Journal Articles:

2014.  “Trainspotters and Bullet Boys: Race and Class in British Underclass Movies, 1980-the Present.”   City, Culture and Society (5): 11-20.

2011.  “The Republic in the Metropolis” (with Doug Muzzio).  Journal of Popular Culture 44: 473-488.

2007.  “Hobbes in the City” (with Doug Muzzio).  Journal of American Culture 30: 379-390.

1996.  “Privacy and Autonomy: From Warren and Brandeis to Roe and Cruzan.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 21: 121-135.

1985.  “Life and Death in a Welfare State: End-Stage Renal Disease in the United Kingdom.”  Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly 63 (Winter): 52-93.

1979. “On Death, Dying, and Terminality.”   Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 4: 11-29.

1976. “Supreme Court Appointments: Criteria and Consequences.”  New York Law Forum 21: 563-584.

1973.  “The Poor as Pawns: The New ‘Deserving Poor’ and the Old.”  Polity 6 (Fall): 71-96.

1968.  “Logic in Judicial Reasoning.”   Indiana Law Journal 44 (Fall): 33-48.


1981.  A Philosophical Critique, Dordrecht, Netherlands and Boston: Reidel, “Causation and Responsibility: Medicine, Science, and the Law” (pp. 129-136).

Book Chapters:

2000.  “Accommodating Death: Euthanasia in the Netherlands.”  Pp. 81-116 in The Philosophy of Medicine.  Boston: Kluwer.

1991.  “Rights, Reform, and the Health Care Crisis.”  Pp. 135-168 in Rights to Health Care.  Boston: Kluwer.

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