Ken Jowitt

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Kenneth "Ken" Jowitt is an American
United States
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 political scientist. He is currently the Pres and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow at Stanford University
Stanford University
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's Hoover Institution
Hoover Institution
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 and the Robson Professor of Political Science
Political science
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 at the University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
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, positions he has held since 2001 and 1995 respectively.

Biography


Jowitt was born and raised in Ossining, New York
Ossining (town), New York
Ossining is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 37,674 at the 2010 census. It contains two villages, the Village of Ossining and part of Briarcliff Manor, the rest of which is located in the Town of Mount Pleasant....

, approximately thirty miles north of New York City
New York City
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. After graduating from Columbia University
Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

 in 1962, Jowitt pursued post-graduate and doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley , is a teaching and research university established in 1868 and located in Berkeley, California, USA...

, earning his Master's in 1963 and his doctorate in 1970. Jowitt also spent some of his post-graduate life in Romania
Romania
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 during the Ceauşescu
Nicolae Ceausescu
Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader...

 regime, where he studied the political and cultural dynamics of post-Stalinist Communist Europe.

Professional career


He has been a professor at UC-Berkeley since 1968. Among other honors and forms of recognition, he won the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983, and has been the recipient of two Stanford Hoover fellowships. From 1983 to 1986 he was dean of undergraduate studies at his alma mater
Alma mater
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, the University of California-Berkeley.

Focusing on social theory and comparative politics, Jowitt specializes in the study of post-Stalinist Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
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 and Communist studies. He has published numerous essays, articles, books, and scholarly theses related to these and other Cold War and post-Cold War era subjects.

One of Jowitt's more notable scholarly works is "New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction," a collection of essays written between 1974 and 1990 that focuses on the nature of Communist regimes. The last three essays argue against a popular early '90s philosophy that espoused Western triumphalism, and the essays dispute the "end of history" theory propounded at the time by former neoconservative scholar Francis Fukayama.

He also contributed an essay, entitled "In Praise of the Ordinary: An Essay on Democracy," to Adam Michnik
Adam Michnik
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's anthology, "Letters from Freedom."

Recent history


However, Jowitt is primarily known for taking what some would consider a qualified, anti-Wilsonian stance with respect to the Global War on Terror
War on Terror
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, and criticizing—both in print and during public debates—writers such as David Frum
David Frum
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, who has articulated a desire for the United States to change the Middle East
Middle East
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 into a more pluralistic, democratic region.

Although he initially supported the invasion of Iraq
Iraq
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 in 2003, he has since become one of the most persistent critics of what he views as an unwillingness on the part of the Bush administration
George W. Bush administration
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 to implement a "realist" foreign policy, especially with respect to the Middle East and the ongoing War on Terror
War on Terror
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.

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