Striving to pursue both academics and activism, Louis H. Masotti, PhD has been an integral leader in both areas for more than 50 years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University before serving in the United States Navy Reserve for three years. When he was discharged from the Navy as a lieutenant, he went on to receive a Master of Arts from Northwestern University in 1961. Eager to complete his education, Dr. Massoti continued studying at Northwestern and was able to complete a PhD course in political science in two and half years, when the average student takes six or seven years to finish. He began his career as a teacher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he remained from 1963 to 1969. After a yearlong fellowship at the School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy, Dr. Masotti was recruited back to Northwestern in 1970. He is now Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, a title he has held for nearly 20 years.
While teaching in Cleveland, Dr. Masotti worked as the campaign co-director for Carl Stokes, the first Black mayor of a major city, elected in 1965. The campaign was significant to Dr. Masotti because he was able to be a part of history. Later, in 1979, Dr. Masotti was offered a position on Jane Byrne’s mayoral campaign, but he declined. When she was later elected as the first and only female mayor of Chicago, Dr. Masotti served as the executive director of her transition committee, where he was able to help her organize the city under her administration. In addition to these historic campaigns, he also served as an advisor to various other congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral campaigns throughout California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Ohio. He has also regularly contributed his expertise to the field of political science as an author and editor of several books and industry text throughout his career.
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