Eugene B. Skolnikoff

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Political scientist; Educator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy


Professor Eugene B. Skolnikoff is a Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at M.I.T. Skolnikoff’s interests lie in the fields of science and public policy. He was a member of the White House staff during the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Carter administrations, director of the MIT Center for International Studies (1972–1987), and chair of the Board of Trustees for the German Marshall Fund of the US (1980–1986). He has published many articles and several books, including The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International PoliticsProfessor Skolnikoff served as Head of the Department from 1970-74, and was Director of the Center for International Studies from 1972 to 1987. He has been a consultant to government departments and international organizations, has held a variety of posts in professional societies, and was instrumental in the development of the science and public policy fields at universities in the U.S. and abroad. His research publications include Science, Technology and American Foreign Policy; International Imperatives of Technology; and a major book entitled: The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics. He continues to follow a variety of interactions between science and public policy, particularly those issues associated with climate change, genetics and national security.

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