03/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Daniel Biss: Math Professor Who Gave Up Career To Run For Office Offers Lessons On Progressive Movement

As you probably know, math professors don't usually up and run for office. And yet, starting in the spring of 2007, I - an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago, someone who as a teenager dreamt of nothing more than teaching math for a living - embarked on a campaign for State Representative in Illinois' 17th District, a journey that would ultimately lead me to effectively end my academic career by not seeking tenure.

So, what happened?

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