Ira Katznelson, President Ira Katznelson, President Columbia University

Ira Katznelson, Columbia University
President 2005-06

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, where he received his B.A. in 1966 and first taught after completing his Ph.D. in history from 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).

His scholarship at the boundary of political science and history on the liberal state, inequality, social knowledge, and institutions primarily concerns the United States, but is indebted, and seeks to contribute to, the discipline's other subfields. Professor Katznelson is currently finishing a short book on affirmative action and a long volume on the New Deal. His most recent book is When Affirmative Action was White (2005).  Other books include: Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge after Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (2003), 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), which won the Michael Harrington and Lionel Trilling Book Awards. He also co-edited Working Class Formation (with Aristide Zolberg, 1986), Paths of Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (with Pierre Birnbaum, 1995), and Shaped by War and Trade: International Influences on American Political Development (with Martin Shefter, 2002).

He co-chaired, with Helen Milner, the APSA 2000 Program Committee and edited Political Science: The State of the Discipline, Centennial Edition (Norton Publishers, 2002). He has also 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.