Robert Weissberg

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Robert Weissberg
EducationTeaneck High School
Alma materBard College
University of Wisconsin
OccupationPolitical scientist, writer

Robert Weissberg (/ˈvsbɜːrɡ/; born 1941) is an American political scientist and writer. He is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois and is the author of twelve books on politics and pedagogy. He has published numerous scientific papers in leading journals in political science.[1] Weissberg has also written for magazines such as Forbes, Society, and The Weekly Standard.[citation needed] He has also been a speaker at American Renaissance Magazine conferences[2] where he has been outspoken about his belief in the average mental differences between racial populations.

Education and academic career[edit]

Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey and a graduate of Teaneck High School, Weissberg earned an A.B. from Bard College and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin.[3] He was an assistant professor at Cornell University and later associate professor and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He retired from the University of Illinois in 2003.[4]


In his 2010 book, Bad Students, Not Bad Schools Weissberg argues that students, rather than teachers or curriculum, are the root cause of poor educational outcomes.[5] A review in the Journal of School Choice praised the book as bold and readable, but also critiqued what the author viewed as occasionally an "intellectually lazy and (arguably) racist" argument. [6] Weissberg's [7][8] In April 2012, in the wake of the John Derbyshire firing, National Review ended its relationship with Weissberg, noting that the editors only recently discovered that Weissberg had "participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism".[9][10]


  • American Democracy: Theory & Reality (1972), ASIN B000SGT9O4.
  • Political Learning, Political Choice, & Democratic Citizenship (1974). ISBN 978-0136849933.
  • Elementary Political Analysis (co-authored with Herbert Jacob) (1975). ISBN 978-0070321366.
  • Public Opinion and Popular Government (1976). ISBN 978-0137379088.
  • Understanding American Government (1979). ASIN B000OA72PM.
  • Political Tolerance: Balancing Community and Diversity (1998). ISBN 978-0803973435.
  • The Politics of Empowerment (1999). ISBN 978-0275964269.
  • Democracy and the Academy (2000). ISBN 978-1560727835.
  • Polling, Policy, and Public Opinion: The Case Against Heeding the "Voice of the People" (2002). ISBN 978-0312294953.
  • The Limits of Civic Activism: Cautionary Tales on the Use of Politics (2004). ISBN 978-0765802613.
  • Pernicious Tolerance: How Teaching to "Accept Differences" Undermines Civil Society (2008). ISBN 978-1412845793.
  • Bad Students, Not Bad Schools (2010). ISBN 978-1412813457.


  • "Academic Deception for Fun and Profit". Telos 112 (Summer 1998). New York: Telos Press.
  • "The Perils of Keeping America America". Human Events August 25, 2004


  1. ^ For example, "Political Efficacy and Political Illusion," Journal of Politics 37 (1975): 469-487, "Consensual Attitudes and Attitude Structure," Public Opinion Quarterly 40 (1976): 349-359, "Collective vs. Dyadic Representation in Congress, American Political Science Review 72 (1978): 535-547; (with Ben Ginsberg) "Elections and Mobilization of Popular Support," American Journal of Political Science 22 (1978): 31-55, and "Assessing Legislator-Constituency Policy Agreement," Legislative Studies Quarterly 4 (1979): 605-622.
  2. ^ ARM conference on YouTube
  3. ^ Robert Weissberg, James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Accessed February 13, 2020. "Robert Weissberg was born in New York City and graduated from Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bard College and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
  4. ^ "One hundred thirty-four faculty members and academic professionals retire," University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign News Bureau, Inside Illinois, Vol. 23, No. 9, Nov. 6, 2003.
  5. ^ Patrick, Barbara; Rollins Jr., Aaron (2016). "Shifting the Blame in Public Education: Are There Parallels Between Opinion and Policy?". Journal of Public Management & Social Policy. 23 (2). Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  6. ^ Maranto, Robert (2012). "Debating Robert Weissberg: Why We Should Read but Not Accept "Bad Students, Not Bad Schools"". Journal of School Choice. 6 (4). Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  7. ^ John K. Wilson, "The Racist Professor at the University of Illinois," The Academe Blog, September 4, 2014.
  8. ^ Rich Lowry, "Regarding Robert Weissberg", April 11, 2012 National Review.
  9. ^ Rich Lowry, "Regarding Robert Weissberg", April 11, 2012 National Review.
  10. ^ Annie-Rose Strasser, "National Review Fires Another Racist Writer", April 11, 2012 Think Progress.