Amitai Etzioni

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According to his Communitarian Network 'Short Biography' [1], "After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. 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 on domestic affairs from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. 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.

"Dr. 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 organization's quarterly journal. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the 'guru' of the communitarian movement.

"Dr. Etzioni is the author of twenty-two books, including 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 Center's 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). His forthcoming book will be published in April of 2003 under the title, My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

"Outside of academia, Dr. Etzioni's voice is frequently heard in the media.

"In 2001, he was named among the top 100 American intellectuals as measured by academic citations in Richard Posner's book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline.

"Also in 2001, Dr. Etzioni was awarded the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences as well as the Officer's 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 Association's Outstanding Contribution Award.

"Dr. Etzioni is married and has five sons."


  • Core-member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Summer Institute 1962
  • Federation of American Scientists 1963-1969
  • National Board, Americans for Democratic Action 1963-1968
  • Foreign Policy Commission, Americans for Democratic Action 1964-1969
  • Fellow, American Sociological Association 1964-
  • Member, Committee on International Order 1963-1969
  • Chairman, Committee on International Order 1968-1969
  • Member, Committee on Nominations and Elections 1966-1967
  • Member, Committee on Professional Ethics 1967-1968
  • Member, Committee on the Regulation of Research (American Sociological Association) 1983-1986
  • Member, Commission on Sociology and Society 1984
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Eastern Sociological Society 1969-1971
  • Fellow, Hudson Institute 1964-1969
  • Sponsor, The Atlantic Council of the United States 1964-1979
  • Board Member, Canadian Peace Research Institute 1964-1969
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the National Study on Student Unrest (Amercian Council on Education) 1968-1970
  • Founding Member, Research Advisory Group of the World Order Models Project. Yale University Law School (World Law Fund) 1969-1971
  • Member, Commission on Urban Affairs, American Jewish Congress 1969-1971
  • Member, Science Information Council, National Science Foundation 1969-1974
  • Member, Administrative Board, Research Institute on Communist Affairs, Columbia University 1970-1974
  • Member, Social Problems Research Review Committee, National Institute of Mental Health 1970-1972
  • Member, Board of Open Channel 1971-1974
  • Member, Sociological Research Association 1972-
  • Member, Committee on Public Understanding of Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science) 1972-1974
  • Member, Research Committee on Sociotechnics of the International Sociological Association 1972-1973
  • Member, Governing Council, American Jewish Congress 1973-1975
  • Member, Advisory Panel, Population Society 1973-1975
  • Member, International Society for Research on Aggression 1973-1975
  • Member, Hudson Basin Project 1973-1974
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations 1976-1988
  • Founding Member, International Society of Political Psychology 1977-
  • Member, Research Advisory Committee of Resources for the Future 1976-1980
  • Member, National Research Council Assembly of Engineering Committee on Technology and Health Care, National Academy of Sciences 1977-1979
  • Member, Animal Kingdom Fund Committee 1978-
  • Member, Electromagnetic Radiation Management Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Commerce 1979-1982
  • Board Member, Science Program Group 1978-1979
  • Member, National Advisory Board, Center for National Policy 1982-1986
  • Member, Economic Forum, Conference Board 1983-1986
  • Member, National Advisory Board, Center for National Policy 1987-
  • Member, Advisory Board, SABE, Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics 1987-1989
  • Founder and First President, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics 1989-1990
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of the Living Economics/ Living Economy Network Initiative 1988-
  • Member, National Advisory Committee of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs 1989-
  • Member, Special Committee on Lawyering in the 21st Century, American Association of Law Schools 1989-
  • Member, Founding Board, PEGS, Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society 1992-
  • Member, New York Times Syndicate 1993-
  • Member, Council of Advisors, National Civic League 1992-1994
  • Member, Board of Directors, Character Education 1993-1995
  • Partnership Member, Advisory Council, Character Education 1995-
  • Partnership Member, Executive Committee, Character Education Partnership 1993-1994
  • Board Member, Consortium of Social Science Associations 1994-1995
  • Member, Advisory Board, The National Fatherhood Initiative 1994-
  • Member, International Advisory Board, New Israeli 1994 Interdisciplinary University of Law, Management and Technology
  • Member, AmeriCorps Launch Committee 1994
  • Founder and First President, The Communitarian Network 1994-
  • Member, Advisory Board, TIKKUN Magazine 1995-
  • Member, Citizens For Service Advisory Board 1995-

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