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Robert D. Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He was the 2006 recipient of the Skytte Prize and has served as an adviser to presidents and national leaders around the world. He has written more than a dozen books, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. The London Sunday Times has called him "the most influential academic in the world today." Putnam's most recent book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, co-authored with David Campbell of Notre Dame, focuses on the role of religion in American public life. Based on data from two of the most comprehensive national surveys on religion and civic engagement ever conducted, American Grace is the winner of the American Political Science Association's 2011 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.
He is currently working on four projects: (1) religion in contemporary Britain and America, (2) immigration, ethnic diversity, and social cohesion, (3) the effects of workplace practices on families and communities, and (4) growing class disparities among American youth.
He is now writing a book on declining equality of opportunity in America.