Brian Weiner received his B.A. from Princeton University, and
his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
He specializes in political theory (from the ancients to
contemporary theory), American political theory, and public law. He
teaches courses in the areas of political theory, law, and American
politics. Professor Weiner also teaches Literature and Political
Thought and Democratic Theory and Democratic Transitions. He is a
member of the Honors Program in the Humanities, where he teaches a
course on the Enlightenment (From Baroque to Enlightenment). He
also serves as a Pre-Law Advisor and faculty sponsor of the Student
Pre-Law Society. Weiner was the recipient of the 2003-2004
University Distinguished Teaching Award.
Weiner's book, Sins of the Parents: The Politics of
National Apologies in the United States, was published by Temple
University Press in 2005. The book examines the political and legal
issues raised by recent attempts by the U.S. government to redress
past wrongs. Weiner has presented papers at the American Political
Science Association Convention, the Law & Society Convention,
and the Western Political Science Association Convention on the
Hawaiian Sovereignty movement, Japanese American Redress Movement,
the political theory of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, the
political theory of Hannah Arendt, and the "emotional
jurisprudence" of Harry Blackmun.