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Irving Louis Horowitz




Brief Biography

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt distinguished university professor emeritus of sociology and political science at Rutgers University. He served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers.


A prolific writer, Dr. Horowitz is the author of more than 50 books, many of which appeared in translation and multiple editions, as well as hundreds of articles and essays. He published books on a range of topics from political theory, education and academic affairs, public policy, to the business of publishing. He was widely regarded as the authoritative voice on Cuban Communism. Dr. Horowitz received many awards for his contributions to public life.

In 2010, Penn State University announced the "Irving Louis Horowitz–Transaction Publishers Archives, 1939-2009" open for public research at Penn State's Historical Collections and Labor Archives (HCLA) of The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Libraries. The archive documents the expansion of social science research over the past half century.

A Final Article: Academic Questions, "The Wealth of Nations and the Poverty of Analysts"



Transaction Publishers

Founded in 1962 by a distinguished trio of social scientists, Alvin W. Gouldner, Lee Rainwater, and Irving Louis Horowitz, Transaction Publishers evolved from a foundation supported university activity into a privately-funded, university-based publishing house. Within a few years both Gouldner and Rainwater moved on to distinguished teaching positions elsewhere, while Horowitz became the organization’s first president and, later, editorial director until his death in 2012. 
Transaction built an enduring reputation for excellence as an independent publisher and distributor of social science books and journals, including a wide selection of series and serial publications. Publishing renowned and emerging authors in the core disciplines of economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, and psychology, Transaction’s scope grew over the years to include urban studies, policy analysis, philosophy, organizational behavior, criminology, and more.


Transaction Publishers became a part of Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group in 2017.

Irving Louis Horowitz, 1968

Horowitz Foundation
for Social Policy

Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary E. Curtis established the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy as an expression of their commitment to the social science community.


Established in 1997 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. The foundation issues small grants to aspiring PhD candidates at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their project. 

The idea for the Foundation emerged from Irving Louis Horowitz’s experience working with doctoral students. He found that many faced financial barriers to completing their research. To date, the foundation has administered grants to 250 scholars from universities around the world.  

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Each year, the foundation awards its Signature Award, the     Irving Louis Horowitz Award. This grant, in the amount of $5,000 (in addition to the initial grant of $7,500) is issued to the overall most outstanding project submitted to the foundation's grant program each year. 
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American Sociological Association (ASA), Footnotes, Obituary, Jonathan B. Imber

The New York Times, Irving Louis Horowitz, Sociologist and Ideological Critic, Dies at 82, Douglas Martin

The New Jersey Star-Ledger, Obituaries, Irving Louis Horowitz

Minding the Campus, A Social Scientist Who Made a Difference, Lionel Tiger

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brainstorm, Irving Louis HorowitzDavid Barash

Can These Bones Live (blog), Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012), Carl Bankston

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Final Edit: Irving Louis Horowitz, 1929-2012, Peter Wood

The American Spectator, Irving Louis Horowitz, RIP, Roger Kaplan

For inquiries about the publications of Irving Louis Horowitz, contact Mary Curtis Horowitz at

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