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Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Assistant: Tamara Tiska

Pippa Norris, the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at HKS, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Government, has taught at Harvard for three decades. A comparative political scientist, her work focuses on democracy, public opinion and elections, political communications, & gender politics worldwide. Google Scholar ranks her 4th worldwide in political science citations, with an H index of 108, the SSRN ranks her 2nd in political science, and Ioannidis et al (2019) rank her as the most cited political scientist in the world.

Major honors include the Johan Skytte prize (known informally as the 'Nobel' prize in political science), the Karl Deutsch prize,  the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate, the Sir Isaiah Berlin Lifetime Achievement Award, fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,the Murray Edelman Lifetime Achievement award,  the Samuel Eldersfeld Lifetime Career Achievement Award, the Charles E. Merriam Award, the George Hallet Award, the Brown Medal for Democracy, the Doris Graber award, and honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Bergen, Leuphena, and Warwick universities, amongst others.

She has published around fifty books (many subsequently translated into dozens of languages). These include Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and Populist Authoritarianism (2019, with Inglehart, book of the year by the Global Policy Institute), Strengthening Electoral Integrity (2017),  Why Elections Fail (2015), Why Electoral Integrity Matters (2014), Making Democratic Governance Work: The Impact of Regimes on Prosperity, Welfare and Peace (2012), Democratic Deficits: Critical Citizens Revisited (2011), Cosmopolitan Communications (with Inglehart, 2009), Driving Democracy (2008), Radical Right (2005), Sacred and Secular (with Inglehart, 2004, 2010, winner of the 2005 Virginia Hodgkinson Prize), Electoral Engineering (2004), Rising Tide (with Inglehart, 2003), Democratic Phoenix (2002), Digital Divide (2001),  A Virtuous Circle (2000) (winner of the 2006 Doris A. Graber prize), & Political Recruitment (winner of the George Hallet prize). 

Edited books include Electoral Integrity in America (OUP 2018), Checkbook Elections (OUP 2016), Watchdog Elections (2016), Contentious Elections (Edited, Routledge), Advancing Electoral Integrity (Edited with Frank and Martinez, OUP 2014), Comparing Democracies 4 (edited with Leduc and Niemi, Sage 2014), Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Reform Agenda (edited, World Bank,2009), Framing Terrorism; Comparing Democracies 2; Britain Votes 2001; Critical Citizens; On Message; Critical Elections; The Politics of News (2nd edition in press); Elections and Voting Behaviour; Britain Votes 1997; Electoral Change Since 1945; Women, Media and Politics; Comparing Democracies; Women in Politics; Political Recruitment; Different Voices, Different Lives; Gender and Party Politics; British Elections and Parties Yearbook; British By-elections; Politics and Sexual Equality.

She established the Electoral Integrity Project in 2012 & served (on sabbatical leave) as the Director of Democratic Governance at the United Nations Development Program in New York & on the executive of APSA (also Vice President), IPSA, and the PSA, as a consultant to the UN, OSCE, IDEA, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, NED, UN Women, and UNDP. Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages. She holds a BA in Politics & Philosophy from Warwick University, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in politics from the London School of Economics. She is affiliated with Harvard's Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Center for International Development, the Ash Center, & the Shorenstein Center.  Full details: www.pippanorris.com. Twitter: #PippaN15

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Assistant: Tamara Tiska


Human Rights
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Democracy & Governance
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