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James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University, North Carolina

Siemens Fellow - Class of Spring 2013

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University. He is the author of seven books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), which won the Ralph Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association; The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001); and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.


Horowitz has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and the Central European University. He has also been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia. In 2001, he was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and in 2001-02, he was a Carnegie Scholar. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993. He was also a member of the Secretary of State’s bipartisan Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion from 2007 to 2009 and served as president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy from 2007 to 2010. From 2010-2011, he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He has recently worked on drafts of the Kenya constitution and on a critical analysis of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan. In 2011, Professor Horowitz was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the Vrije Universitet Brussel (the Flemish-speaking Free University of Brussels).

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