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The University of Edinburgh (U.K.) has awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Pippa Norris, Paul. F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics. The Laureation address cited the “scholarly excellence” of Norris' work as “one of the world’s most influential political scientists " alongside “her commitment to take it beyond the academy and into politics itself to help make democratic governance work better in practice.”
Norris delivered the inaugural annual Chrystal MacMillan lecture at the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh on the topic of “Gender Equality in Elected Office: Beyond Quotas.”
Norris is a political scientist focusing on democracy and development, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics. She joined the Harvard faculty in 1992. She is currently on leave as a visiting professor of government at the University of Sydney (Australia).