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From 1969 through 2008, Dennis Gilmore Dalton was the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University where he received tenure after twelve years. Dalton holds a Ph.D., University of London, 1965, M.A., University of Chicago, 1962, and B.A., Rutgers University, 1960.
Dalton, who is a Marxist, is regarded as one of the authorities on Mahatma Gandhi and civil disobedience; at Columbia, he is also known his lectures. He began teaching at Barnard in 1969, and had a reputation for being emotional.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, his M.A.(in Political Science) from the University of Chicago, and finally his Ph.D. in political theory from the University of London. During lectures at Barnard, he mentioned spending time studying by Karl Marx's grave while he was at the University of London.
Joining a student hunger strike advocating a more multi-cultural curriculum, Dalton told a reporter, "I want the core curriculum supplemented by writings on Gandhi, King, Malcolm X. I want a change. I have been arguing with the people in the administration since 1969 about this and have been met by indifference. I would like some acknowledgment of non-violence in the Core." 
Dalton is the author of numerous articles and books, including "Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action" and "Indian Idea of Freedom."
- Indian Idea of Freedom: Political Thought of Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghose, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, The Academic Press, 1982
- Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action, Columbia University Press, 1993
- Senior Fulbright Scholarship for Research and Teaching in Nepal, 1994–95
- Ann Whitney Olin Senior Award for Teaching and Research, 1989–94
- Emily Gregory Award for Distinguished Teaching, Barnard College, 1978
- American Council of Learned Societies grant for research in South Africa, August 1975
- American Philosophical Institute grant for research in India, January–July 1975
- American Council of Learned Societies grant for research at the India Office Library, London, England, June–August 1972
- Dennis G. Dalton
- Retiring, Professor Dalton Reflects on 39-Year Tenure by Joy Resmovits, Columbia Spectator
- Prof. Dalton Joins Hunger Strike by Joy Resmovits, Columbia Spectator
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