Professor of political science, emeritus
areas of expertise: global warming politics, science policy, science and decision-making, and science and international affairs
Eugene Skolnikoff has focused his research and teaching interests in the field of science and public policy, especially the interaction of science and technology with international affairs. This interest has covered a wide range of international subjects, including recent studies in global climate change and proliferation.
He studied electrical engineering at MIT, followed by politics and economics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and political science at MIT once again. He has held a variety of posts, including serving on the White House staff in the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, and he played an active role as senior consultant to the White House Science Office under President Carter.
Skolnikoff served as head of the Department from 1970-1974, and was director of the Center for International Studies from 1972-1987. 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 new book titled The Elusive Transformation: Science, Technology, and the Evolution of International Politics.
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