Memorial Lecture DJU 2016

Movements of Rage: Past, Present, Future


Ken Jowitt, Hotchkis Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley
Moderator: Ivan Krastev

Ken Jowitt is an American political scientist. He is the Hotchkis Senior Fellow, Emeritus at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the Robson Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jowitt specializes in the study of comparative politics, American foreign policy, and postcommunist countries. He is particularly interested in studying anti-Western ideologies and movements.

Jowitt received his bachelor's degree from Columbia College in 1962 and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963 and 1970, respectively. The University of California Press published his doctoral thesis, Revolutionary Breakthroughs and National Development: The Case of Romania, in 1971.

Jowitt taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for thirty-five years. In 1983 he won the University Distinguished Teaching Award and was made Dean of Undergraduate studies from 1983 to 1986. In 1995, the year he was named Robson Professor of Political Science, he also received the Distinguished Teaching Award for the Division of Social Sciences. In fact, he won every teaching award the University granted.
In 1998, he delivered the Princeton Lectures and was the Jean Monnet Visiting Scholar at the European University in Florence. Most recently he delivered the Gay Hart Gaines Lectures on George Washington at Mount Vernon. Jowitt has spoken for McKinsey & Co., Morgan Stanley, the World Presidents' Organization, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and numerous other academic, professional and business organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His incisive and humorous speaking style have made him a sought after speaker in many venues.

Among his major publications is The New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction (University of California Press, 1992). He has also written "Really Imaginary Socialism" (East European Constitutional Review, spring/summer 1997), "In Praise of the Ordinary: An Essay on Democracy," in Adam Michnik's Letters from Freedom (University of California Press, 1998), "Challenging the Correct Line" (East European Politics and Society, fall 1998), and "Ethnicity: Nice, Nasty, Nihilistic," in Ethnopolitical Warfare: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Solutions, ed. Daniel Chirot and Martin E. P. Seligman (American Psychological Association, 2001), "Rus United-Putin's Russia"(Journal of Communist Studies & Transition Politics,2008), and "Setting History's Course" (Policy Review, Oct, 2009).

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