Dan Breznitz

Dan Breznitz


  • Program Co-Director, Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity


  • University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


  • Canada




Dan Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies.

He is the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab in Toronto, a centre for cutting-edge thinking, teaching and advising society about innovation broadly defined. In an earlier life he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company.


The Susan Strange Best Book in International Studies Award, The British International Studies Association, 2012

GTRC 75th Anniversary Innovation Award for Public Service, Leadership, and Policy, 2011

Georgia Tech Professor of Excellence – an Institute Wide Award for exemplary sustained educational and research achievements, 2011

Don K. Price for the best book in Science and Technology Politics, The American Political Science Association, 2008

Industry Study Fellow of the Sloan Foundation (one of five young North American scholars to be so selected), 2008

Relevant Publications

Breznitz, D. and A. Zehavi “The Neoliberal Targeted Social Investment State: The Case of Ethnic Minorities.” Journal of Social Policy. Forthcoming (2018).

Breznitz, D., C. Forman and W. Wen. “The Role of Venture Capitalists in the Formation of New Technological Trajectories: Evidence from the Cloud." MIS Quarterly. Vol 42 (4) (2018): 1143-1169.

Breznitz, D. and A. Zehavi. “Distribution Sensitive Innovation Policies: Conceptualization and Empirical Examples.” Research Policy, Vol 46 (1) (2017): 327–336.

Breznitz, D. and Darius Ornston. “The politics of partial success: Fostering innovation in innovation policy in an era of heightened public scrutin.” Socio-Economic Review, Forthcoming (2017).

Breznitz, D. and M. Murphree. The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China. New Haven: Yale University Press (2011).

Breznitz, D. Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland. New Haven: Yale University Press (2007).