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Lorenzo Morris, Ph.D.,is professor and former chair of Political Science at Howard University. He recently held the Tocqueville-Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Paris. He is an author and consultant on electoral behavior, black politics, and international and American public policy. He has taught previously at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for the Study of Educational Policy. He has served internationally as a visiting lecturer and analyst on electoral behavior and civil rights in numerous countries. He provides frequent television, radio and newspaper commentary on public affairs in the U.S., Western Europe, Canada, and francophone West Africa. He has published five scholarly books, including Elusive Equality, and more than a hundred fifty articles. His most recent publications include "Behavioral Pragmatism: President Obama' s Approach to Unemployment, ” Review of Black Political Economy (2012) and "The United Nations and the African American Presence, ” National Political Science Review (2012).


He has been an officer in numerous professional associations including the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, of which he was president. He has also directed the Census Information Center and the Community Development Minor at Howard. He has been consistently active in faculty governance since joining the Howard faculty. He has advised numerous public policy associations and leaders on electoral issues. He was vice-chair of the University Senate and at-large representative of the faculty for many years.


He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Fisk University. He studied at Oberlin College and Yale University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in political science from the University of Chicago.




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