Amitai Etzioni


George Washington UniversityAfter receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the international Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He is the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organizationís quarterly journal. In 1991, the press began referring to Etzioni as the Ďguruí of the communitarian movement.

Amitai Etzioni is the author of twenty-two books, including the recently released autobiography My Brotherís Keeper: A Memoir and a Message (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The Monochrome Society (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), Next: The Road to the Good Society (New York: Basic Books, 2001), The Limits of Privacy (New York: Basic Books, 1999), The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society (New York: Basic Books, 1996), which received the Simon Wiesenthal Centerís 1997 Tolerance Book Award, The Spirit of Community: Rights, Responsibilities and the Communitarian Agenda (New York: Crown Books, 1993), and The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics (New York: Free Press, 1988).

Outside of academia, Etzioni's voice is frequently heard in the leading news media, in articles in publications such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, as well as in appearances on network television..

In 2001, Etzioni was named among the top 100 American intellectuals as measured by academic citations in Richard Posnerís book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline.

He was recently awarded the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences as well as the Officerís Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also the recipient of the Seventh James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values by the Conference on Value Inquiry, as well as the Sociological Practice Associationís Outstanding Contribution Award.

Etzioni is married and has five sons.