Katz’ professorship is a joint appointment to both the Department of Public Affairs, part of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management; and the Department of Political Science, part of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2013.
An attorney, Katz graduated from UMKC in 1969 with a degree in History, and received his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. In 2012, UMKC presented Katz with an honorary degree, Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa, recognizing him as an outstanding alumnus.
During Fall Semester 2013, Katz will teach the timely course “Money and Power: Incivility and Gridlock in Washington, 1960-present” in the Political Science Department at UMKC. The course will trace the evolution of presidential campaigns and partisanship from 1960 through President Barack Obama’s precedent-setting operations in ’08 and ’12. An examination of the role and possible reformation of money in politics will be a central theme of the course.
In 2009, Katz was nominated by President Obama to serve the United States as Ambassador to Portugal and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, accepted Ambassador Katz’s credentials in April 2010.