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Jack Citrin Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2001, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.

Photo of Jack Citrin from UC Berkeley Political Science

Jack Citrin was a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, studying voting behavior. He discusses his observations of several of the key events of FSM and his work at Berkeley’s Survey Research Center, which collected data on arrested students. He reflects on the intellectual and political fissures within academic departments that stemmed from the FSM, his esteem for the university and his understanding of the dilemmas posed by the Third World Strike and subsequent campaigns over faculty minority hirings. He also recounts his Russian Jewish background, birth in China and how feeling as an outsider shapes political identity. Citrin was one of a cadre of political science students hired as a professor at Berkeley directly out of graduate school in 1969. While teaching he has published extensively and has had numerous distinguished administrative positons, including his current tenure as Director of The Institute of Governmental Studies.

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