Joseph Breckinridge Board, Jr.


Joseph Breckinridge Board, Jr.



Joseph Breckinridge Board, Jr., was born in Princeton, Indiana, on March 5, 1931. Board attended Princeton High School, where he graduated in 1949. Board then enrolled at Indiana University, where he majored in government and received his A.B. degree, with highest honors in 1953. His education continued in England, as a Rhodes Scholar, where he earned a B.A. and a Master’s degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University. Upon returning to the United States, he became a teaching fellow and lecturer in government at I.U. At the same time, he attended the Indiana University School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1958.

Upon graduating from the Law School, Board joined the faculty of Elmira College (1959-1961), in Elmira, New York, before becoming an Associate Professor at Cornell College in Vernon, Iowa. He ultimately rose to the rank of Full Professor, and chaired Cornell’s Political Science Department. In 1965, he joined the faculty of Union College in Schenectady, New York, as Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department. He remained at Union for the rest of his career and was named the Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Government in 1973. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Albany School of Law.

Board served as a Visiting Professor or a Guest Lecturer at schools across the globe – the Sorbonne in Paris, the London School of Economics, the Universities of Umea and Lund in Sweden, the University of California, Brown University, City University of New York, and Oxford University, to name a few.

Joseph B. Board was inducted in the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000. Board died on October 12, 2007.


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