Dennis Gilbert
Dennis Gilbert

Few individuals have taught in a college classroom before embarking on a campaign for the presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is one exception. Prior to his successful run for the U.S. Congress and after serving as mayor of Burlington, Vt., Sanders taught at both Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1989 and at Hamilton in 1990.

Professor of Sociology Dennis Gilbert, who was department chair that year, hired Sanders to teach two courses during the 1990 spring semester. Ultimately, as his recent essay in the Huffington Post explains, Gilbert joined Sanders, serving as his research director for Bernie Sanders' first successful congressional campaign and later served as legislative assistant in Sanders' congressional office. 

Gilbert wrote about his time working with and for Sanders in “Adventures with Bernie,” published by Huffington Post on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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