Ira Katznelson has been the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University since 1994, and, since 2012, president of the Social Science Research Council. He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 2005–06, as chair of the Russell Sage Foundation Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2002, and as president of the Social Science History Association in 1997–98.
His most recent book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time(Liveright 2013) has been awarded the Bancroft Prize in History, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in Political Science, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize for Book Journalism, and the J. David Greenstone Book Prize in Political Science and History. Other recent books include Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns (Cambridge University Press 2008; written with Andreas Kalyvas),When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (W.W. Norton 2006), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (Columbia University Press 2003).
Professor Katznelson has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a research associate at Cambridge University’s Centre for History and Economics.
Ira Katznelson Induction Remarks