Theda Skocpol

Harvard Kennedy School
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Theda Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology. At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005-2007) and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies, (2000-2006).  Her teaching and research focus on U.S. politics in historical and comparative perspective in order to trace patterns of civic engagement in American democracy.  She has served as President of the Social Science History Association and of the American Political Science Association.  Her major works include States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China; Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States; Boomerang: Clinton’s Health Reform and the Turn Against Government; and DiminishedDemocracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life.  Her current research looks at inequality in American society, women and public policy, and the development of voluntary associations in U.S. history to elucidate recent transformations within the American polity.  http//

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