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Stanford Report, May 2, 2001
Ken Jowitt named first Hotchkis Senior Fellow at Hoover

Ken Jowitt, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley, has been appointed the first Pres and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow at Hoover.

Hoover Institution Director John Raisian, in announcing the appointment, cited Jowitt as "a superb thinker and communicator of ideas defining a free society."

Pres and Maurine Hotchkis are residents of Santa Barbara. Hotchkis is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Bixby Ranch Company real estate development firm in Seal Beach; trustee of the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation; member of the advisory board of UC-Berkeley's Haas School of Business; and former trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation. Hotchkis holds undergraduate and law degrees from UC-Berkeley, where he was honored in 1997 with a Distinguished Service Award. The couple endowed the Hotchkis Professorship in History at UC-Berkeley. Through their involvement there, they have followed Jowitt's career for a number of years and said they were pleased to be able to support his work at Hoover.

Jowitt received his bachelor's degree from Columbia College in 1962 and his master's and doctorate from UC-Berkeley in 1963 and 1970, respectively. His doctoral thesis, "Revolutionary Breakthroughs and National Development: The Case of Romania," was published by the University of California Press in 1971. Jowitt, who has taught at Berkeley since 1968, won the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983 and was Dean of Freshman and Sophomore Studies from 1983 to 1986. In 1995, he was named the Robson Professor of Political Science and received the first Distinguished Teaching Award from the Division of Social Sciences. Jowitt has spoken at the Commonwealth Club, the World Presidents Organization and the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he appears occasionally on the CNBC program "Hardball."