Danny Breznitz is an Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Management, and is an Associate Professor by courtesy at the School of Public Policy. He finished his Ph.D. degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in conducting comparative in-depth research of Rapid-Innovation-Based Industries and their globalization.
Danny’s first book, “Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland” (Yale University Press), won the 2008 Don K. Price Award for best book on Science and Technology given by the American Political Science Association, and was a finalist for the 2007 best book of the year award in political science by ForeWord Magazine. His second book (co-authored with Michael Murphree), “The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China.” is forthcoming from Yale in spring 2011. In addition, his work has been published in various journals and edited volumes.
He is one of five young North American scholars to be selected as a 2008 Industry Study Fellow of the Sloan Foundation. Danny has also been an adviser on Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for multinational corporations, international organizations such as the World Bank, and local and national governments in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
During 2006 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Project on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and during 2007 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Bruegel Institute for International Economics in Brussels. His work is sponsored by the Sloan Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies, the Bi-National Science Foundation (U.S. and Israel), the NSF, Georgia Research Alliance, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, and the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P).
He is the co-director with John Zysman of the University of California, Berkeley, of a collaborative study titled “Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy?” A founder and former CEO of a small software company, he is also a research affiliate of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. In addition, he is a senior researcher of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Program (STIP), the Academic Director of the Technology Cluster Initiative — http://techclusters.ei2.org — and the director of the Globalization, Innovation, and Development program at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy (CISTP) in the Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech.