Ira Katznelson, Political Science and History, Columbia University

On Jim Crow and the Liberal Tradition

“When Affirmative Action was White”

Tuesday, May 8, 7pm, Pyle Center Room 313

“Southern Nation: Did a ‘Solid South’ Shape American Political Development?”

Wednesday, May 9, 4pm, 8147 Social Science

Public Seminar

Thursday, May 10, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Ira Katznelson (Ph.D., Cambridge University, 1969) is an Americanist whose work has straddled comparative politics and political theory, as well a political and social history. He returned in the Fall 1994 to Columbia, where he had been an assistant and associate professor from 1969-1974. In the interim, he taught at the University of Chicago, chairing its department of political science from 1979 to 1982, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, where he was Dean from 1983-1989. 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 is 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.

Sean Farhang and Ira Katznelson, “The Southern Imposition: Congress and Labor in the New Deal and Fair Deal,” Studies in American Political Development, 19 (April 2005) (PDF)
Ira Katznelson, “‘To Give Counsel and Consent: Why the King (Edward I) Expelled His Jews (in 1290),” in Ira Katznelson and Barry Weingast, Eds., Preferences and Situations. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005. (PDF).
Key, V.O. Southern Politics, Chs. 16 “Solidarity in the Senate” and 17 “The South in the House.” New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. (PDF).
Skrowneck, S. “The Reassociation of Ideas and Purposes: Racism, Liberalism, and the American Political Tradition,” American Political Science Review, 100 (August 2006)(PDF).