Tufts University: Jeffrey Taliaferro - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Most people would give Taliaferro either an F or an A, but I'd say he's somewhere in the middle. He's a great lecturer and one of the most knowledgeable professors I've had. However he's very arrogant as everyone knows. He particularly discourages using him as a resource--he puts various notices in the syllabus about strict guidelines for e-mailing him, and asks that no rough drafts be turned in later that 2 weeks before the deadline (which was actually before we had even gotten feedback on our outlines). He even told someone to withdraw rather than helping them. It seems that he doesn't even want to be a professor considering his lack of concern for the students.
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Tons of reading, sometimes 50 pages or more for each lecture, but most of it can be skimmed (don't skim the theory though!). A one-page abstract and then outline that would seem to be straight forward, however you'd better follow his guidelines 100% if you want a good grade on them. Grading on the final paper and exam were more lenient, but still tough. From the guidelines, it seems he considers style to be more important than content.