Jim Sleeper, a writer on national civic cultures and politics, is a lecturer in political science at Yale, teaching seminars of journalism, liberalism, and democracy. He is the author of The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York (1990) and Liberal Racism (1997) and editor of or contributor to several anthologies. A former editor and columnist for the New York Daily News and Newsday, Sleeper is a member of the editorial board of the quarterly Dissent. He holds a doctorate in education from Harvard (1977) and a B.A. from Yale. His reportage and commentary on foreign policy and other subjects can be found at www.jimsleeper.com.