Putnam Honored with Woodrow Wilson Award for 'American Grace'

September 12, 2011
by Doug Gavel

Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy and faculty director of the Kennedy School's Saguaro Seminar, is a co-winner of the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "American Grace," co-authored by David E. Campbell.  The book analyzes the role of religion in American public life. 

"We think this impressive book is exemplary in its combining the highest standards of social scientific rigor, with a clarity and accessibility that is too rare in the social sciences," wrote the award committee.  "The authors have produced a major work of political science that illuminates some of the most important questions of our time, and in a form that is fully accessible to the attentive lay reader."

The Woodrow Wilson Award is given annually for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs. The award is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton University. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000.

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy at Harvard, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.  Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has written a dozen books, translated into seventeen languages, including the best-selling "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," and more recently "Better Together: Restoring the American Community," a study of promising new forms of social connectedness.

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Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy and faculty director of the Kennedy School's Saguaro Seminar

"We think this impressive book is exemplary in its combining the highest standards of social scientific rigor, with a clarity and accessibility that is too rare in the social sciences," wrote the award committee.  "The authors have produced a major work of political science that illuminates some of the most important questions of our time, and in a form that is fully accessible to the attentive lay reader."

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