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. He joined the faculty at Indiana State University in June of 2002. Dr. Van Sickel’s research and teaching interests include law and society, political theory, and American political and legal 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, and music, and how these intersect with American “politics.” At ISU, “Dr. Bob” 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), the Politics of American Popular Culture (PSCI 400), and Introduction to Politics (PSCI 130).

When not teaching and writing in Terre Haute, Dr. Bob lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he enjoys attending concerts, plays, and Louisville Bats AAA baseball games; going to the movies; and dining on ethnic and vegetarian cuisine as much as possible. He serves on the Advisory Board for the annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival, and is involved in numerous volunteer activities with Louisville Public Radio. A native Southern Californian, Dr. Bob is also a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Office Location
Holmstedt Hall 314