University Professor, The George Washington University,
Washington, D.C.

A former senior adviser to the White House (1979-80), Amitai Etzioni is popularly known as the "guru" of the communitarian movement and an advocate for advancing human values in public policy. He is the founder and first president (1989-90) of the international Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Etzioni was born in Koln, Germany, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, before enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1958. After a 20-year tenure as professor of sociology at Columbia (1958-1978), he was selected as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, served as a senior adviser for the Bush administration, and then joined the faculty of The George Washington University in 1980 as that institution’s first University Professor. In 1968 he was named director of the Center for Policy Research at Columbia, a position he still holds. Etzioni has been editor or editorial board member for a number of sociological and social policy journals, including The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, a communitarian quarterly which he founded. He is the author of 19 books, including The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics (1988) and, most recently, The Limits of Privacy (1999). In 1998, he was awarded the James Wilbur Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Appreciation and Advancement of Human Values by the Conference on Value Inquiry.

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