PS: Political Science & Politics


Rules for Public Intellectuals

Lorenzo Morrisa1

a1 Howard University

Like many political scientists, I willingly align myself with the intellectual side of the public intellectual title, but I make no claim to having a public identity. Still, I am moved to join in the shared confessions of public intellectuals (PI) by responding to Amitai Etzioni's article, because the ten-point distillation of his trials and tribulations so strongly resonates with my own experiences. However marginal they may be, frequent media commentaries and interviews have given me enough exposure to the treacherous pathways between scholarship and the media to sufficiently understand the PI's dilemma.

Lorenzo Morris is a professor in and prior chair of the department of political science at Howard University and, more recently, the Tocqueville Chair at the French Institute of Geopolitics in the University of Paris. He has authored numerous books and articles focusing on electoral politics, black politics, higher education policy, and related comparative topics. He provides frequent commentary on political issues in major journals, televised news programs, and radio in American and international news media. He can be reached at