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Post Theda and Bill Skocpol in Flint, Michigan
Created by John Eipper on 09/23/21 5:43 AM

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Theda and Bill Skocpol in Flint, Michigan (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 09/23/21 5:43 am)

This is more in the nature of gossip, but if you want to post it, it is fine by me. [Absolutely! This is a textbook example of the "WAIS Effect"--JE]

In Francisco Ramírez's post, he cites an article written by Theda Barron Skocpol, who was born in Detroit in 1947. In 1967, she married Bill Skocpol, a physics major from Texas who attended Michigan State University, where they had met as students. In the fall of 1968, they had moved to Flint, Michigan, where Bill was hired by St. Agnes High School to teach Physics to seniors like myself. He was an extremely intelligent, kind, and thoughtful person and teacher. I never had the opportunity to meet his wife, unfortunately. I am not surprised that their son clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Here is her Wikipedia entry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theda_Skocpol

JE comments:  Pat, Small World indeed!  This question has never appeared on WAIS, but it might yield some fascinating fruit:  Did any of you have a high school, or even elementary school, teacher who went on to great achievements?  Granted, an inspirational HS teacher is a tremendous achievement in itself.

Theda Skocpol (Harvard U) is possibly best known for the State Autonomy theory.  Here's my bare-bones gloss:  Government bureaucracies take on a life of their own, completely divorced from the societies they purportedly serve.  I am convinced.  We could say the same thing about all institutional bureaucracies--corporate, academic, military...

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