Established in 1999, the annual Eckstein Lecture recognizes Harry Eckstein for his scholarly contributions to the study of democracy and his role in cofounding the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy. Eckstein was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1970-99), fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1958-59), Guggenheim fellow (1974), American Political Science Association vice president (1981-82), editor (1960-63) and member of the editorial board of World Politics (1960-80), a founding member of the editorial board of Comparative Political Studies (1966-99), IBM Professor of International Studies at Princeton University (1969-80), UC Irvine's first Distinguished Professor (1980-93) and then Distinguished Research Professor (1993-99) of political science at UC Irvine. Eckstein came to the United States as a young child as part of an exodus from the Third Reich that became known as the One Thousand Children.


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