Dr. robert ben-zion Van Sickel

Dr. Robert Van Sickel

Associate Professor: Legal Studies / American Political Thought / Cultural Politics

Year Joined ISU

Expertise and Activity Statement
Professor Robert Ben-Zion Van Sickel (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995) has taught at Indiana State University since 2002. Dr. Van Sickel’s research and teaching interests include Western political thought and philosophy, American civil rights, the United States Supreme Court, and American political culture.

He is the author of Tabloid Justice: Criminal Justice in an Age of Media Frenzy (2007) and the Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O'Connor (1998), as well as a number of articles and papers analyzing various aspects of the Supreme Court, mass media and politics, and American political culture. At ISU, “Dr. Bob” teaches courses such as Law and American Society (PSCI 419), Civil Rights and Liberties (PSCI 418), Western Political Thought (PSCI 319), the Judicial Process (PSCI 308), Mass Media and Politics (PSCI 400), Film and Politics (PSCI 400), and American Political Thought (PSCI 309).

When not teaching and studying in Terre Haute, Dr. Bob lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he enjoys playing his guitars, attending concerts and the theatre, going to the movies, following the AAA Louisville Bats, and dining in all manner of restaurants as often as possible. A native Southern Californian, he is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers (although he’ll never turn down the chance to catch a ballgame at Wrigley Field in Chicago).

Office Location
Holmstedt Hall 314