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Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President
International Affairs Building, Room 1314A


Kenneth Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and the Vice-President for Global Centers. He taught Political Science at the University of Chicago from 1965-1982, and for shorter stints was on the faculty of Stanford University, Washington University, the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and the Graduate Faculty at the New School University (where he was also Dean).

Prewitt's professional career also includes: Director of the United States Census Bureau, Director of the National Opinion Research Center, President of the Social Science Research Council, and Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Russell-Sage Foundation, and member of other professional associations, including the Council on Foreign Relations. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Southern Methodist University, a Distinguished Service Award from the New School for Social Research, the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, the Charles E. Merriam Lifetime Career Award, American Political Science Association and a Lifetime National Associate of the NRC/NAS.

Prewitt holds a BA from Southern Methodist University (1958); MA from Washington University (1959), Harvard Divinity School (1960) as a Danforth fellow; PhD from Stanford University (1963).


  • The Hard Count: The Political and Social Challenges of Census Mobilization (2006)
  • Politics and Science in Census Taking (2003)
  • The Legitimacy of Foundations (2006). 

He has authored or coauthored another half-dozen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. He is currently completing Counting the Races of America: Do We Still Need To? Do We Still Want To?


Research & Publications

Princeton University Press
Kenneth Prewitt
National Research Council on the National Academies
Kenneth Prewitt
The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives
Kenneth Prewitt