Michael Ignatieff

Carnegie-Uehiro Centennial Chair; Central European University

Michael Ignatieff

Specialization: Human Rights

Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian writer, teacher, and former politician. He is president and rector of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Previously, Ignatieff was Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also served in the Parliament of Canada and was leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

His books include The Needs of Strangers (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Blood and Belonging, (1993), The Warrior's Honour (1997), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013).

He was the Carnegie-Uehiro Centennial Chair for Carnegie Council's 2014 Centennial. For more on the Council's Centennial projects, click here.

Last Updated: May 15, 2018