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Irving Leonard Markovitz
Position: Professor
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: theories of globalization, democratization, modernization, and political change

Prof. Markovitz's books include Leopold Sedar Senghor and the Politics of Negritude, Atheneum Publishers, and Heinemann Books; African Politics and Society: Basic Issues of Government and Development (co-author and editor), Free Press; Power and Class in Africa, Prentice-Hall; and Studies in Power and Class in Africa (co-author and editor), Oxford University Press. His articles and studies have appeared in the leading journals of the field. He was a Foreign Area Fellow of the Social Science Research Council, an African Affairs Fellow of the African Studies Center at Boston University, a Mellon Fellow, and a Ford Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has received numerous grants from the Faculty Research Program of the City University of New York. He has received ten grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also was the recipient of the Presidential Innovation in Teaching Award, and the Presidential Research Award of Queens College. Professor Markovitz's current work is on the development of capitalism in Africa. He is Co- Editor-in-Chief of Comparative Politics. During January of 1994, he acted as a consultant to the Constitutional Commission of Ethiopia in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia. During January of 1995, he acted as a consultant to the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea in Asmara, Eritrea.. Recent publications include: "Uncivil Society, the State, and Capitalism in Africa", pp. 21-53 in Civil Society in Africa?, Nelson Kasfir, ed., London: Frank Cass, 1998; "Constitutions, The Federalist Papers, and The Transition To Democracy", pp. 42-71 in Democracy in Comparative Politics, ed., Lisa Anderson, New York: Columbia University Press , 1999; "Civil Society, Pluralism, Goldilocks, and other Fairy Tales in Africa", pp. 117-144 in Contested Terrains and Constructed Categories: Contemporary Africa in Focus , eds., George Bond and Nigel Gibson, Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 2002; and "Forging and Framing Democracy", pps. 270-277, in The Making and Unmaking of Democracy, eds., Theodore K. Rabb and Ezra N. Suleiman, New York: Routledge, 2003.