Munk Chair of Innovation Studies
Co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab, and Director of Academic Research
University of Toronto
Professor Dan (Danny) Breznitz (PhD MIT) has extensive experience in conducting comparative in-depth research of Rapid-Innovation-Based Industries and their globalization. Dr. Breznitz’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 for best book on Science and Technology given by APSA 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 with Yale University Press in 2010. In addition, his work was published in various journals, as well as chapters in edited volumes. Breznitz is one of five young North American scholars to be selected as a 2008 Industry Study Fellow of the Sloan Foundation. Breznitz has also been an advisor on Science Technology and Innovation Policies for multinational corporations, international organizations such as the World Bank and WIPO, and local and national governments in the US, Asia, and Europe. During 2006 Breznitz 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, Brussels. His work is sponsored by the Sloan Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advance Studies, the Bi-National Science Foundation (US Israel), the NSF, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Enterprise Innovation Institute. In addition, Breznitz is the co-director with John Zysman of UC Berkeley of a collaborative study titled “Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy?” A former founder and CEO of a small software company, Breznitz is also a research affiliate of MIT’s Industrial Performance Center. Breznitz spent eight years in Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as a professor in the Scheller College of Business, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy before moving to Toronto in 2013.