About the Author
The Institute is fortunate to have its first position paper written by so distinguished
a scholar as Dr. Ralph Braibanti, James B. Duke Professor of Political Science Emeritus at
Duke University. Before joining the Duke faculty in 1953, Professor Braibanti taught at
Kenyon College and served as assistant director of the American Political Science Association
in Washington, D.C. During World War II he was a military government officer in the occupation
From 1960 to 1962 he was advisor to the Civil Service Academy of Pakistan. His studies of the
judicial and administrative systems of Pakistan have been widely acclaimed. The government
of Pakistan in 1987 published a collection of his writings under the title Evolution of
Pakistan's Administrative System The Collected Papers of Ralph Braibanti. He is the author
of more than a hundred major scholarly articles and several books including Research on the
Bureaucracy of Pakistan; and is editor and co-author of Administration and Economic
Development in India; Asian Bureaucratic Systems Emergent from the British Imperial Tradition;
Pakistan: the Long View; Tradition, Values and Socio-Economic Development, and Political
and Administrative Development. Subsequently he served as Ford Foundation consultant in
Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, U.N. consultant in Malaysia, UNESCO consultant in Morocco, World Bank
consultant on Bangladesh and visiting professor at the University of Kuwait.
In 1989 he was appointed King Faisal Distinguished International Lecturer in Islamic Affairs by
the Arab-American Affairs Council (now the Middle East Policy Council).
At Duke University he established the program in Islamic and Arabian Development Studies and
was its director until his retirement in 1990. He was awarded the Alumni Distinguishing Teaching
Award and the Student Body's Designation as Distinguished Teacher. He received the Ph.D. degree
from Syracuse University, and holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Western
Connecticut State University where he was an undergraduate.