Michael Ignatieff is the recently elected rector and president of Central European University in Budapest. A university professor, writer, and former politician, Ignatieff has served for the past three years as the Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Politics and the Press at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was the director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy from 2000 to 2005.
Ignatieff earned his doctorate in history at Harvard University, and has taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; Kings College, Cambridge; the London School of Economics and Political Science; and the University of British Columbia. Active in Canadianpolitics from 2006 to 2011, Ignatieff was a member of parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. An author and journalist, he is widely published, including his most recent book Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013). Ignatieff currently holds the Centennial Chair of the Project on Global Ethics at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.