Dan Breznitz

Chief, Political Economy

Dan Breznitz, is a Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, in the Munk School of Global Affairs with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto. In addition, he is the Director of Academic Research of the Munk School and the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab. Professor Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation- based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies. He has been a member of several boards, as well as serving an advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations. His work in the policy world led, in 2011, to him being awarded the GTRC 75th Anniversary Innovation Award for Public Service, Leadership, and Policy. In 2008 Breznitz was selected as a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow.

Before joining the Munk School, Breznitz spent eight years in Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as a professor in the Scheller College of Business, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy. In an earlier life he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company. In addition to publishing numerous academic articles in multiple disciplines, he has been the author or co-author of three books. His first book, Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland, won the 2008 Don K. Price for best book on science and technology.

His second book (co-authored with Michael Murphree) The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China, was chosen as the 2012 Susan Strange Best Book in International Studies by the BSIA, and was featured in multiple media outlets including The
Economist, the New York Times and Forbes. Breznitz’s third book, Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich? (co-edited with John Zysman), looks at the challenges and opportunities faced by Western economies in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the rapid changes in the global production system.