I have written about Dr. Rejali before. Here is his home page. In thinking over my professors, I have decided he was the best one I ever had. It was not one single thing about him or even what he revealed about politics in his seminars that makes me praise him so highly.
What it was was his total engagement in every aspect of his career: teaching, writing, preserving the past, polemicizing in both academic and popular publications on the issue of most importance to him: the use of torture to control the populace. I noticed how everything he said and did fit together. I never felt with him that his life was one thing and his career another. Looking at him in the light of my concerns about the pressures of academic life on professors, I am wondering how he manages this seemingly simple thing of being just who he is.
His latest book is Torture and Democracy.