(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post to learn more!)   In her widely-viewed TED Talk, “Color Blind or Color Brave?” Mellody Hobson raises a critical point of discussion related to the contemporary state of race in American society.  Hobson, chairwoman of Starbucks Corporation, questions whether people can address significant issues without talking about them.  The […]

(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post to learn more!) On January 20th of this year, the nation anxiously watched the peaceful transfer of power, long a hallmark of democracy, after more than two months of heated claims of inaccurate presidential election outcomes, which culminated in a riot at the Capitol just two weeks […]

(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post to learn more!) “At a time of deep partisan and demographic divides related to the 2020 election, more than two-thirds of Americans surprisingly agree that they ‘have more in common with each other than many people think,’ including 74% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans and 66% of […]

(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!) In September 2015, I learned that a former student, who had been diagnosed with cancer, was in ICU.  A little over a month later, I traveled to Maryland for his memorial service.  Although the loss of someone was not new to me, this particular one had […]

(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!) Over half of my career as a political scientist has included serving in organizational or institutional positions of leadership – treasurer, chair, director, dean.  I have found that my discipline has had much to offer in those experiences – the value of understanding how institutional/organizational structure, […]

  (What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!) For the last several years, my husband and I have spent Christmas Day with my cousins, joining in several traditions.  We begin our gathering with the “white elephant” gift exchange – which is really a misnomer as everyone has such creative ideas hidden in deceptive […]

  (What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!) In this edition of Tocqueville Capital, we return to the land of Alexis’s roots.  Last May, I traveled with my colleague – and friend – Heather, along with our students on a three-week cross-cultural course to Strasbourg and Paris, France.  Our college offers these courses […]

  (What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!) Two years ago, I visited Quito, Ecuador to conduct a site visit at a potential semester-long program partner for the college, in which our students could participate.  However, even though I traveled in my then role of administrator, I could not subdue the Latin Americanist within […]

(What is Tocqueville Capital?  Read the welcome post for the series!)   For the last several months, a large trophy has sat in front of our fireplace.  My husband bowls through a league set up by his last employer that allows current and former employees to compete; he has participated for over 20 years.  He currently […]

Welcome to the blog series Tocqueville Capital, which will connect the writings of a Frenchman who spent 9 months in America during the early 1800s to more current works in a variety of fields. Alexis De Tocqueville journeyed here as a means of gathering information from the just decades-old U.S. government, which offered a new […]