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Ian Shapiro

Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

He has written widely on democracy, justice and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department — where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004.

Mr. Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town and Nuffield College, Oxford.

His most recent books are “Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror,” “The Flight From Reality in the Human Sciences,” “Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth” (with Michael Graetz), “The Moral Foundations of Politics” — and “The State of Democratic Theory.”

Articles by Ian Shapiro

Containing Iran

How is current U.S. policy toward Iran fundamentally flawed?

May 31, 2007