Donald L. Horowitz

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Donald L. Horowitz (born 1939) is James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke Law School and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States.

He earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1968 and also holds degrees from Syracuse University. He is a specialist in the study of ethnic conflict and author of the books Ethnic Groups in Conflict (University of California Press, 1985),[1] A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (University of California Press, 1991), The Deadly Ethnic Riot (University of California Press, 2001) and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia (Cambridge University Press, 2013).[2] Writing about Ethnic Groups in Conflict, political scientist Ashutosh Varshney states that it "was a seminal text", and that: "For the first time in scholarly history, a book on ethnic conflict covered a whole variety of topics, ranging from concepts and definitions to those spheres of institutional politics (party politics, military politics, affirmative action) in which the power of ethnicity had become obvious and could no longer be ignored".[3]

Horowitz has acted as a consultant on the problems of divided societies and on policies to reduce ethnic conflict in locations including Russia, Romania, Nigeria, Tatarstan and Northern Ireland. In 2006, he was appointed to Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion.[4]

Prior to his appointment at Duke, Horowitz was employed as a lawyer at the Department of Justice and undertook research at the Harvard Center for International Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Brookings Institution and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is awarded a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.


  1. ^ Lijphart, Arend (10 November 1985). "Ties of blood, rivers of blood". New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Horowitz examines Indonesia's transition to democracy in new book". Duke Law School. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Varshney, Ashutosh (2007). "Ethnicity and ethnic conflict". In Boix, Carles; Stokes, Susan C. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 274–294. ISBN 978-0199278480. 
  4. ^ "Professor Donald Horowitz appointed to Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion". Duke Law School. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 

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