While You Were Sleeping, Lee Was Publishing

by John Sides on December 22, 2009 · 5 comments

in Obituary

The title paraphrases something Nelson Polsby used to say about his co-author and friend, the famously prolific Aaron Wildavsky: “While Polsby sleeps, Wildavsky publishes!

The same is true of Lee. I didn’t realize how true this was until earlier today, when I obtained a copy of his CV, as of May 2009. All 26 pages are here.

By my count, Lee authored or co-authored 5 books and edited 5 more. The (co-)authored books are:

  • Modernization and the Political System: A Critique and Preliminary Empirical Analysis (here).
  • Black Americans’ Views of Racial Inequality: The Dream Deferred (here). With Susan Welch.
  • Computer Simulation Applications: An Introduction (here). With Marcia Lynn Whicker.
  • Race and Place: Residence and Race Relations in an American City (here). With Susan Welch, Timothy Bledsoe, and Michael Combs.
  • Attack Politics: Negative Campaigning in Preisdential Elections Since 1960 (here). With Emmett H. Buell, Jr.

In addition to these books, Lee published 269 peer-reviewed articles. He published about 10 articles since his diagnosis in September 2007 alone. Put differently, he published approximately 7.5 articles every year since he was awarded his doctorate. And these numbers are undercounts. I am told that he had 2 articles accepted for publication in the past week.

Here is a sampling of the topics on which Lee has written:

Lee’s scholarly output is also a testament to his collegiality and generosity as a co-author. In fact, when I tried to find a copy of Lee’s vita on-line, none was forthcoming. Most of what I found was . . . the vitae of his co-authors. That is a testament to his modesty.

Various Monkey Cage bloggers and guest-bloggers will have more to say on Lee’s other contributions to political science, to our department, and to us individually. In the time it takes us to write these posts—and you to read them—I’m sure Lee will have published something else.


Tim December 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm

But can he hit left handed pitching?

Tim December 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Sorry, I missed that he had passed. Great loss and much condolences to the GW faculty.

John Sides December 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Tim, no need to apologize. Lee would have appreciated your first comment. He loved both self-deprecation and baseball.

Chris Deering December 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Well, Lee was left handed so it might have given him some trouble.

Jennifer Saunders December 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

When I was a grad student at GW, Dr. Sigelman used to toss odd jobs my way and pay out of pocket. One of those jobs was to update his CV for him, check for formatting errors, and to see if he had “missed anything.” I remember taking those pages – it was probably about 23 or 24 back then – open-mouthed to the TAs’ offices. “Look at his CV!* It’s like a book!” It took half a day to brush off the awe and start doing the work.

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