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Ira Katznelson

Columbia University
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, where he received his BA in 1966 and first taught after completing his Ph.D. in History at Cambridge University in 1969. Before returning to Columbia in 1994, he was a member of the Departments of Political Science at the University of Chicago (where he was chair) and the New School for Social Research (where he was Dean of the Graduate Faculty). In 2003-4, he served as Acting Vice President and Dean of the Faculty for the Arts and Sciences at Columbia. His most recent books are When Affirmative Action Was White (2005), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003). Other books include Black Men, White Cities (1973), City Trenches (1981), Schooling for All (with Margaret Weir, 1985), Marxism and the City (1992), and Liberalism's Crooked Circle (1996). He has co-edited Working Class Formation (with Aristide Zolberg, 1986), Paths of Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (with Pierre Birnbaum, 1995), Shaped by War and Trade: International Influences on American Political Development (with Martin Shefter, 2002), Political Science: The State of the Discipline, Centennial Edition (with Helen Milner, 2002), and Preferences and Situations: Points of Intersection Between Historical and Rational Choice Institutionalism (with Barry Weingast, 2005). Professor Katznelson was President of the American Political Science Association for 2005-2006. Previously, he served as President of the Politics and History Section of APSA, President of the Social Science History Association, and Chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.