All Ratings and Reviews for James A Desveaux
I had him for both PS 40 and for the CAPPP-Washington seminar. He's a great guy, very concerned about his students, very willing to help you find answers to your questions, and he's extremely intelligent. The only downside is that he tends to digress--but then, who doesn't? Definitely take him for upper div poli sci bureaucracy classes, which is his specialty.
My two cents: I am a UCLA Alumnae class of 2002. My BA is in Pol Sci and I took four courses with Desveaux while he was teaching here on campus. He knows his subject extremely well and is definitely an expert in the field. Unequivocally, he is the most caring professor I have ever had. I contacted him last year asking him for a letter of recommendation for graduate school. He went out of his way to make sure I had what I needed in a timely matter (and I was not even the greatest student with 3 B\355s and 1 B+).
My paper was GRILLED by the TA many times until I reached perfection. Sometimes, it felt like I was stuck in a POD and I had nothing to do but finish that paper. However, thanks to the Madhatter and Front Page, the DC trip was very joyous. Next fall, I plan on taking the EAP trip to Tunisia because I heard such great things about the country from a colleague of mind who also happened to be on CAPPP. Well, its 3:00am and its time to grill...
If you're reading this review you're probably going on the CAPPP program, which I personally thought was one of, if no the best, quarter I spent in college. Desveaux is perfect for the job of program director -- he knows about almost any topic you can think of to write your research paper on, and he's very approachable. He's really less of a professor and more of mentor/friend in DC and for long afterwards. He's also hilarious, and really enjoys his job and getting to know his students. I encourage anyone considering taking time in DC to do CAPPP and get to know Desveaux!
While I agree with some of the points made by the previous reviewer, I would like to offer an addendum to this previous argument. CAPPP was not perfect. There were some rough patches, arduously working on my paper was stressful, and at times I felt like ripping my frizzy hair out. It was frustrating to have a less demanding TA grade half the class, while I had to deal with the punctilious Desveaux. I was also not particular fond of the frivolous outlines which needed to be hastily produced (and which were graded harshly might I add) and were completely counterproductive. Sometimes it felt like the program was really physically beating me up but with the help of Professor Desveaux, I was really able to pull through. He really helped me tailor my research and simply talking to him about my research paper made me understand my topic better. It's like I really developed a dialogue with my topic. It was really amazing to see a polisci professor know so much about the Bank of Japan, the BJA if you will. Desveaux has a wide breadth of knowledge that would have any professor at UCLA shudder and I feel supremely honored that I was able to foster a meaningful relationship with our political science department's bright shining star. Our own Sammy Huntington if you will. While I don't necessarily agree with his grading techniques, no one can understimate his virtuous genius. Furthermore, the friends I made really helped to pull me through it. That's what makes CAPPP so special, the friends that I have made. Friends that will last forever. On a campus where average class size is in the 100's it is nice to finally meet kids and really, really connect with them. I have to admit though, I had some doubts about joining the CAPPP. An avid reader of the misogynist, drunk, drippingly sarcastic narrator employer otherwise known as Jack Kerouac, I am always incredulous of any endeavor which renders me a conformist. But as time passed in DC, I realized that, to quote one of my fav poets Rob Frost, CAPPP is the road less travelled. Living on one's own in DC was also a very productive experience. It really serves as a buffer between college life and adult post-collegiate life. You work 3 days, and are basically living on your own. Cooking for myself, I discovered the joys of Tofu. While I'm not anticipating my inevitable entrance into the proverbial real world, I am now ready for it. So in closing, I'd like to quote one of the most clairvoyant, wise individuals I know, who definitely had the hook up, Will...Shakespeare. ""Fair,""kind," and "true" have often liv'd alone,/Which three till now never seat in one." The CAPPP program definitely encapsulates these three glorious virtues.
I'd like to point out that I enjoyed the CAPPP program immensely. I think Professor Desveaux is very well suited for his job. He really helps you in your quest to build that elusive perfect research paper. He has an almost encyclopedic source of knowledge which he is able to readily delve into. To be able to live and work in DC is truly priceless. However, what I do not particularly enjoy is the way in which this forum has dilapidated into nothing more than a joke. I do not appreciate the thinly veiled insults which have been directed my way. This is a juvenile manifestation of the envy which you all hold for me. I can tell you are all green with it. The way I see it is that you may as well get your fun now, because this is the peak of your abysmal lives. I like to think of life as a rat race, and as the No Fear T-shirt points out "He who dies with the most toys wins." So what have you done in your miserable lives? Are you lucky enough to have your GPA marred by a single B+? Have you gotten any prestigious scholarships? Interned at any prestigious establishments? Received any types of accolades? I think that it is safe to assume that the answer is no. So while you may enjoy these verbal jabs, ask yourself, when you arrive at the pearly gates, will you have any kind of substantial resume to submit to our lord and savior Jesus Christ to insure your admittance? Enjoy your fun now, I'll see you at the finish line.
You many not need to do CAPPP to intern in DC, but you won't find a professor who cares about his students like Professor Desveaux anywhere! I've done quite a few 199s and worked closely with many professors in the PS Department, but Professor Desveaux shows ALL his students, male or female, that he not only cares about them as students, but also about their personal lives. He has been more than understanding when some of us have had trouble in our personal lives, here in DC or at home, and has always been there to give comforting and wise words. And as for the claim that he is not knowledgeable, that is so untrue! He knows a lot about a lot. Perhaps the student who wrote that last comment wasn't intelligent enough to engage the Professor in a substantive conversation. In fact, I found myself going into his office plenty times just to ask one question about my paper, and I ended up staying there for an hour because we talked about so many other topics. In short, CAPPP is great, and it's not just because of the Professor, but he has a lot to do with it. And P.S.... I don't need a letter.
I'd like to respond to the claims made by the eloquent review of 11/26. CAPPP does offer an outstanding educational opportunity. At first I was rather incredulous about the program. Being African American (or the closest thing to it), I wasn't sure that I'd be able to readily fit in. After all, DC is one of the most segregated cities in the US. To a certain degree, I've live in a bubble and the program offered me an opportunity to transcend this bubble. Besides being able to produce a paper which I really was interested in (I guess I was one of those who was able to pick a good topic), I think I was able to learn an important timeless life lesson. This lesson revolved around the fact that my misconceptions about other races were rather misguided. After the LA Uprising, I guess there was a certain amount of beef between my brothers and another race which will remain unspecified. However, after the program I was blessed with an epiphany. Spending time with these saffron brothers made me realize how wrong I had been. Whatever crimes this reticent race (which will remain unspecified) was responsible for, such as price gauging, hoovering up whatever vitality exists in the inner city, were simply misconceptions. Just as stereotypes of a black male understood circulate, the same can be said about this compact people. So in closing I'd like to say, we're all just trying to get by, there's no reason for any kind of beef. CAPPP has taught me that it's all good.
On a side note, if you get a chance, y'all gotta hit up ben's chili bowl.
Let us begin by granting our full endorsement for the CAPPP Quarter in Washington program. It was for us and many others a completely rewarding experience, in large part due to the contributions of Professor Desveaux. A fake ID also accounted for our derived level of satisfaction, but that is neither here nor there. Any CAPPPers first encounter with Desveaux is the \354formal\356 interview. The interview process is apparently conducted to both inculcate the applicants with esoteric facts, figures, and personal anecdotes, as well as to test their thresholds for Desveaux himself. Make no mistake about it, you will not be handled with kiddy gloves on the CAPPP program. As the previous poster [who is obviously cow folk from Davis, a tree hugger from Santa Cruz, or a dirty hippy from Berkeley] attests, Desveaux is not necessarily one to blow sunshine up your proverbial rear end. What Desveaux WILL do is guide you to write a damn good research paper. The CAPPP Program succeeds in large part due to Desveaux\355s incredible commitment to his students; he is around the center at most hours and days to help with your research paper and also to chide, challenge, and joke with you with about all subjects, academic or otherwise. You will quickly discover that the brash, intimidating exterior masks a rather delicate constitution. His seemingly limitless experience and reference knowledge (the physical size of his head is unparralled on the UCLA faculty) will prove invaluable to your research efforts, even though he does tend to go on rather irrelevant tangents. Desveaux runs an extremely successful and satisfying program that we would readily recommend to any student strong, humble, and independent enough to accept and benefit from the rigors of a unique, challenging, intense, fun, and ultimately rewarding experience.
DC was an amazing experience, but it was not because of this program at all. I think Desveaux must have been good at some point in his career to get the position, but now he is just burnt out and is not the least interested in undergraduate student research. What he is interested in is boosting about the CAPPP program, increasing its power, flirting with the girls in class and telling his age old jokes. Honestly, you don\355t need to do CAPPP to intern in Washington, there are many other ways to go about it and this one is all hype. Desveaux has limited knowledge and cannot meet the needs of the diverse research interests students have. I thought the program was a big disappointment and the ones that praised it, were merely those who wanted him to write a good letter of recommendation. Don\355t be fooled by the promotional gimmicks, this is not a prestigious program and the only thing they offer is a chance to intern in DC which you can easily do by other means.
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