Dr. robert ben-zion Van Sickel

Dr. Robert Van Sickel

Associate Professor: Legal Studies / American Political Thought / Cultural Politics

Year Joined ISU

Expertise and Activity Statement
Professor Robert Ben-Zion Van Sickel (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995) has previously taught at Purdue University Calumet, the University of California, and Sonoma State University.  Dr. Van Sickel’s research and teaching interests include law and society, political theory, and American political culture.  He is the author of Tabloid Justice: Criminal Justice in an Age of Media Frenzy (2007) and the Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O'Connor (1998), as well as a number of articles and papers analyzing various aspects of the Supreme Court, media and politics, and American political and popular culture.  His interests are primarily located in the areas of media, film, music, and how these intersect with American “politics

At Indiana State University, Professor Van Sickel teaches courses such as Law and American Society (PSCI 419), the Judicial Process (PSCI 308), Civil Rights and Liberties (PSCI 418), Western Political Thought (PSCI 319), Mass Media and Politics (PSCI 400), Film and Politics (PSCI 400), Politics and American Popular Culture (PSCI 400), and American Political Thought (PSCI 309).

When not teaching and writing in Terre Haute, Dr. Van Sickel lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he enjoys spending time with his family, attending concerts, record collecting, going to the movies, and dining on ethnic and vegetarian cuisine as much as possible.  And of course, rooting for the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Office Location
Holmstedt Hall 314