Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris

Paul. F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics

Pippa Norris, the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, and she has taught at Harvard for two decades. She is also ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is a political scientist focusing on democracy and development, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics. She directs The Electoral Integrity Project, a multimillion dollar six year research project with a team based at Sydney and Harvard.

Honors include the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize, awarded by IPSA 'to honor a prominent scholar engaged in cross-disciplinary research.' Previous recipients include Gabriel Almond, Juan Linz and Giovanni Sartori, amongst others. Her contribution towards the humanities and social sciences was recognized by award of the 2011 Johan Skytte prize (with Ronald Inglehart), known informally as the 'Nobel' prize in political science. Previous Harvard winners include Sidney Verba, Theda Skocpol and Robert Putnam. In 2011 she was also awarded the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate, a 'special recognition' award by the PSA UK, and an honorary doctorate by Edinburgh University.

A prolific author and international public speaker, she has published more than forty-five books (many subsequently translated into dozens of languages). Those for Cambridge University Press include Why Elections Fail (2015), Why Electoral Integrity Matters (2014), Making Democratic Governance Work: The Impact of Regimes on Prosperity, Welfare and Peace (2012), Democratic Deficits: Critical Citizens Revisited (2011), Cosmopolitan Communications (with Inglehart, 2009), Driving Democracy (2008), Radical Right (2005), Sacred and Secular (with Inglehart, 2004, 2010, winner of the 2005 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize), Electoral Engineering (2004), Rising Tide (with Inglehart, 2003), Democratic Phoenix (2002), Digital Divide (2001), and A Virtuous Circle(2000) (winner of the 2006 Doris A. Graber prize for the best book in political communications).

Edited books include Contentious Elections (Edited, Routledge), Advancing Electoral Integrity (Edited with Frank and Martinez, OUP 2014), Comparing Democracies 4 (edited with Leduc and Niemi, Sage 2014), Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Reform Agenda (edited, World Bank,2009), Framing Terrorism; Comparing Democracies 2; Britain Votes 2001; Critical Citizens; On Message; Critical Elections; The Politics of News (2nd edition in press); Elections and Voting Behaviour; Britain Votes 1997; Electoral Change Since 1945; Women, Media and Politics; Comparing Democracies; Women in Politics; Political Recruitment; Different Voices, Different Lives; Gender and Party Politics; British Elections and Parties Yearbook; British By-elections; Politics and Sexual Equality.

Forthcoming books include Strengthening Electoral Integrity (CUP 2017), the third of a trilogy on this subject,  Checkbook Elections (OUP 2016) and Watchdog Elections (2016).

She has served (on sabbatical leave) as the Director of Democratic Governance at the United Nations Development Program in New York and she has also served on the executive of APSA, IPSA, and the PSA, as a consultant to the UN, OSCE, IDEA, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, NED, and UNDP. She has held visiting appointments at many universities, including Otago, Oslo, Essex, Columbia, California-Berkeley, Cape Town, Sydney, and the Australian National University. Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages. She holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from Warwick University, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in politics from the London School of Economics. She also teaches in Harvard's Government Department and she is affiliated at Harvard with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Center for International Development, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance, and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Current offerings include DPI-416 Electoral Integrity and DPI-413 Challenges of Democratization. Full details are available at her website: www.pippanorris.com.


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