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Charles Stewart III

Kenan Sahin (1963) Distinguished Professor of Political Science, 2007 - present

Kenan Sahin (1963) Distinguished Professor of Political Science, 2007 - present

Charles Stewart III
Kenan Sahin (1963) Distinguished Professor of Political Science, 2007 -present
Head of the Department of Political Science, 2005 - 2010
Housemaster, McCormick Hall, 1992 - present

Charles Stewart III, the Kenan Sahin distinguished professor of political science at MIT, just completed a five-year term as the head of the Department of Political Science. His research focus is on American politics, political institutions, and on elections. Professor Stewart was also a member of the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project that was established after the furor over the 2000 presidential election results in Florida. 

Professor Stewart founded the MIT Washington Summer Internship Program in 1994 and has been its faculty director ever since. Noted for his teaching, Professor Stewart was elected a MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 1993 and received the Baker Award for Undergraduate Teaching, as well as an award for innovation in education. Since 1992, he has been a housemaster at McCormick Hall (the only all-women dormitory at MIT) along with his wife Catherine Hess, an environmental scientist. Professor Stewart has also served as associate dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and has participated in or led several MIT curriculum initiatives. 

Highlights from this interview include:

  • Transitioning from being a Methodist minister to a political scientist.
  • Experiences and responsibilities of a housemaster at McCormick Hall.
  • Involvement with the Committee on the Undergraduate Program.
  • Overview of some of his academic work exploring American political history.
  • Commentary on his creation of the Washington Internship Program at MIT.
  • Discoveries of the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project.

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