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Kenneth Prewitt

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Kenneth Prewitt

Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


Kenneth Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Future of Scholarly Knowledge Project at Columbia University. He taught political science at the University of Chicago from 1965 to 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.
Kenneth was Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, President of the Social Science Research Council, Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Director of the National Opinion Research Center. He has authored or co-authored a dozen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters.  His most recent book is What is Your Race?  The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans.