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Robert C. Cottrell, PhD, JD Biography

Professor of History and American Studies at California State University at Chico
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“[ACLU founder and first Executive Director] Roger Baldwin deservedly was acclaimed ‘the patriarch of the American civil liberties movement.’ That movement… was a remarkable undertaking, one as important as the momentous civil rights crusade. Significantly, the two movements have worked in tandem to extend individual liberties in this land in a hitherto unprecedented manner.”

Roger Nash Baldwin and the American Civil Liberties Union, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of History and American Studies, California State University at Chico, 1984-present
  • Recipient, Wang Family Excellence Award, California State University at Chico, 2000
  • Recipient, Outstanding Professor Award, California State University at Chico, 1998-1999
  • PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1984
  • JD, Cal Northern School of Law
  • MA, University of Texas at Arlington
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin
  • Married to Sue Cottrell; they have two daughters