Michael A. Krasner

Michael A. Krasner

Michael A. Krasner, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1977, has taught political science since 1970 at Queens College where he is co-director of the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change in addition to co-directing the Taft Institute for Government. Professor Krasner’s scholarly interest in the possibilities and problems of grass roots participation has led him to conduct research on the politics of the anti-nuclear peace movement in the United States and Europe as well as the politics of parental and community participation in New York City’s public schools. His articles on these subjects have appeared in the Journal of Peace Research,
New German Critique, Social Policy, New York Affairs, and Urban Education. His research has been supported by the Danish Commission on Disarmament and Security Affairs, the Danish Social Science Research Council, and the PSC-CUNY grant program.

Since 1996 Professor Krasner has worked with the teachers of Townsend Harris High School and others to develop and refine a uniquely rigorous, ambitious, and engaging election simulation model, which has been successively adapted to presidential elections, New York City mayoral elections, New York State gubernatorial, senatorial, and legislative elections, and presidential primaries. This program has been supported by generous grants from Newsday and the Tribune Foundation. Working with Professor Francois Pierre Louis, Professor Krasner has developed a program of community leadership and citizenship training that has since 2002 trained activists from new immigrant, minority, and low income communities in New York City. The Hazen Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation and New York Community Trust have supported this program with generous grants.

The recipient of a Fulbright Exchange Professorship to the University of Aarhus in Denmark in 1983-84, Professor Krasner also taught there as an visiting professor and researcher in 1985-86. In 1994 he was a visiting professor at the University of Paris
(St. Denis).

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