Department of Political Science, Queens College

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Irving Leonard Markovitz
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Professor Markovitz specializes in the politics and economics of development and of globalization, especially in Africa. His books include Leopold Sedar Senghor and the Politics of Negritude (Atheneum Publishers, and Heinemann Books) and Power and Class in Africa (Prentice-Hall). His also a co-author and editor of Studies in Power and Class in Africa (Oxford University Press) and African Politics and Society: Basic Issues of Government and Development (Free Press). His articles and studies have appeared in the leading journals of the field.

Professor Markovitz was a Foreign Area Fellow of the Social Science Research Council, an African Affairs Fellow of the African Studies Center at Boston University, a Mellon Fellow, and a Ford Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has received ten grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous grants from the Faculty Research Program of the City University of New York. He was also a recipient of the Presidential Research Award of Queens College.

Professor Markovitz has also won several teaching awards including the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Queens College Presidential Innovation in Teaching Award.

Professor Markovitz's current work is on the development of capitalism in Africa. He is Co- Editor-in-Chief of Comparative Politics. During January of 1994, he acted as a consultant to the Constitutional Commission of Ethiopia in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia. During January of 1995, he acted as a consultant to the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea in Asmara, Eritrea. In December, 2011, he presented an invited paper, “Federalism, Globalization, and Education Policy in Ethiopia”, to the 5th International Conference on Federalism, sponsored by the Forum for Federalism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,