SSRC Staff

Ira Katznelson



Ira Katznelson, president of the SSRC and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, is an accomplished social scientist, whose distinctive scholarship ranges across multiple fields, including American politics, comparative politics, and political theory. Formerly, he taught at the University of Chicago, chairing its department of political science from 1979 to 1982, and at the New School for Social Research, where he was dean of the graduate faculty from 1983 to 1989. He was president of the American Political Science Association for 2005–2006, is a vice chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and previously served as president of the Social Science History Association. Katznelson has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. An influential and prolific author, he was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Politics & Society. His latest book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, was published in 2013 by Norton’s Liveright imprint.


In addition to his current position as president, Dr. Katznelson has played a leading role in many SSRC activities over the years, notably as a member of the Committee on States and Social Structures, a major Council initiative connecting new analyses of modern states within the social sciences, and a contributor to that committee’s volume on Bringing the State Back In (Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Programs and Projects

The Albert O. Hirschman Prize