Susan McWilliams

Written by Susan McWilliams

Susan McWilliams is a Professor of Politics at Pomona College. She is the author of Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory (Oxford, 2014); The American Road Trip and American Political Thought (Lexington, 2018); and a co-editor of several books, most recently The Best Kind of College: An Insiders' Guide to America's Small Liberal Arts Colleges (SUNY, 2015).

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“We are immigrants still, who travel in time,
Bound where the thought of America beckons;
But we hold our course, and the wind is with us.
-Richard Wilbur[1]
 
“After the teacher asked if anyone had
            a sacred place
and the students fidgeted and shrank
 in their chairs, the most serious of all
            said it was his car,
being in it alone.”
-Stephen Dunn[2]
 
Not long after he left the…