International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member
& Senior Fellow

Donald L. Horowitz

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at Duke University

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University and Senior Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.  He is the author of seven books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), which won the Ralph Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association; The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001); and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia, published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press and issued in a Bahasa Indonesia translation in 2014

Professor Horowitz has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at the Central European University and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, at the Law Faculty of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, at Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia, in the Academic Icon program at the University of Malaya, and in the Distinguished Visitor program at the National University of Singapore. In 2001, he was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and in 2001-02, he was a Carnegie Scholar. In 2009, he was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association.

Professor Horowitz is currently writing a book about constitutional process and design, particularly for divided societies, a subject on which he has advised in a number of countries. In 2010-11, he was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, working on this project. In 2011-12, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and in 2013, he was a Siemens Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993, he served as President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, Professor Horowitz was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Flemish-speaking Free University of Brussels.


Forum Events

“Ethnic Power-Sharing and Democracy: Three Big Problems,” Tenth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, Embassy of Canada (Nov. 7, 2013)

“Reconsidering Democratic Transitions: Revisiting the Transition Paradigm”, International Forum for Democratic Studies (Sept. 19, 2013)

“An Inside Job: Indonesia’s Path to a Constitutional Democracy,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Nov. 29, 2012)

“Constitution-Making, Electoral Design, and the Arab Spring,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Mar. 29, 2012)

Forum Publications

“Ethnic Power Sharing: Three Big Problems,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2014)

“The Cracked Foundations of the Right to Secede,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2003)