Samuel P. Huntington is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, where he is also Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies in the Center for International Affairs. His latest book, "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order" (Simon and Schuster) was published in the fall of 1996 and is being translated into 22 other languages.
Born on April 18, 1927, in New York City, he received his B.A. from Yale University in 1946, his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1948, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1951. He taught at Harvard from 1950 through 1958, and then was Associate Director of the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University from 1959 to 1962, when he returned to Harvard. He served as Chairman of the Harvard Department of Government from 1967 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971. He became Associate Director of the Center for International Affairs in 1973 and was Director from 1978 to 1989. He became Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies in 1989, and Chairman of the Harvard Academy in 1996.
During 1977 and 1978 he served at the White House as Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. In 1970 he was founder of the quarterly journal, Foreign Policy, and its co-editor until 1977.
He has been a Research Associate of the Brookings Institution, a Faculty Fellow of the Social Science Research Council, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and Senior Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. He was a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association (1969-1971), the Vice President (1984-1985), and the President (1986-1987) of the Association, a member of the Presidential Task Force on International Development (1969-1970), a member of the Commission on United States-Latin American Relations (1974-1976), chairman of the Defense and Arms Control Study Group of the Democratic Advisory Council (1974-1976), and a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy (1986-1988), and member of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy (1995-1997).
Dr. Huntington is the author or editor of over a dozen books and ninety scholarly articles. He has studied, taught, and written widely in three principal areas: