Kenneth Sharpe

Academic Appointments

Visiting Professor

Kenneth E. Sharpe is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College where he teaches political philosophy, practical ethics, Latin American politics, and foreign policy.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia, at the Law School at the University of Colorado, and most regularly at Dartmouth College in the MALS program and the Government Department.  He is author (with Professor Deborah Cantrell) of “Practicing Practical Wisdom,” 67 Mercer Law Review 331, 2016.   He is co-author, with Professor Barry Schwartz, of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do The Right Thing (Penguin/Riverhead, 2010).  Most recently they have co-authored “Practical Wisdom and Health Care” in R.J. Sternberg et. al. Applying Wisdom to Contemporary World Problems (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).  Sharpe’s previous books include, Drug War Politics: The Price of Denial (University of California Press, 1996), The State and the Transnational Corporations: The Political Economy of the Mexican Auto Industry (Princeton, 1985), and Peasant Politics: Struggle in a Dominican Village (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977).  He has also published articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Foreign Policy Magazine and The American Prospect.