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Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Emerita

Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Emerita, is the author of the award-winning books Beyond Adversary Democracy, an empirical and normative study of face-to-face democracy, and Why We Lost the ERA, a study of anti-deliberative dynamics in social movements based on organizing for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Beyond Self-Interest, Feminism, Oppositional Consciousness, Deliberative Systems, and Negotiating Agreement in Politics. She was President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2012-13. She is also the recipient of the international Johan Skytte Prize (2018), the foremost prize in the field of political science, as well as the APSA’s Lippincott, Madison, Schuck, and Kammerer awards and the International Political Science Association’s Deutsch Award. Her current work includes studies of representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems. 

*Interview with Jane Mansbridge (2018 Johan Skytte Prize Winner)*

Click here for a video containing information about her DPI 216 class.

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In 2016, Mansbridge was chosen by the Harvard teaching center Instructional Moves as one of only seven teachers at Harvard University whose classes were used to illustrate certain techniques of good teaching.  See Mansbridge, clips from the classes, and student comments here:



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