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CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Acclaimed academic, author and former politician Michael Ignatieff will rejoin Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in January 2013 in a half-time faculty appointment as professor of practice. He will also assume a half-time appointment as professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard University, Ignatieff has written 17 books, worked as a television presenter and documentary film maker, editorial columnist and university instructor. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees.
Ignatieff will return to HKS approximately seven years after he won political office in his native Canada, where he served as Member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. From 2000-06 Ignatieff served as the Carr Professor of Human Rights Policy and faculty director of the Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
"I’m honored to return to the Kennedy School, and I’m delighted to continue to teach young Canadians at the Munk School of Global Affairs,” said Ignatieff. “It’s a privilege to teach at these great schools of global affairs and public policy."
David Ellwood, dean of the Kennedy School, said, "Michael Ignatieff bridges the gap between academic and practitioner. His experience and insights on matters of politics, public policy and human rights bring a unique and invaluable perspective to the classroom. We are very pleased to have him back at HKS.”
At the Munk School, Ignatieff will be teaching human rights and international politics.
“Having Michael Ignatieff at the Munk School is a wonderful opportunity for our students," said Janice Stein, director of the Munk School. "He brings a deeply global perspective to our biggest policy challenges and will work with our students to give them the analytic skills they need in today’s connected world.”
Ignatieff has written extensively on the legal and human rights considerations influencing military policy and international affairs. He is the author of many books including "The Needs of Strangers" (1984); "The Rights Revolution" (2000); "Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry" (2001); and "The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror" (2004). He served on the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty and helped author its report: "The Responsibility to Protect."