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Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics

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. She compares democracy, public opinion, elections, political communications, & gender politics worldwide. Google Scholar ranks her 2nd worldwide in political science citations, the SSRN ranks her 2nd in political science, Research.com ranks her 7th worldwide and 5th nationally in political science, & 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), Karl Deutsch prize, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian LaureateSir Isaiah Berlin Lifetime Achievement Award, fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Warren E. Miller Award, Sakip Sabanci Award, Murray Edelman Lifetime Achievement award, Samuel Eldersfeld Lifetime Career Achievement Award, Charles E. Merriam Award, George Hallet AwardBrown Medal for Democracy, Doris Graber award, and honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Bergen, Leuphena, & Warwick.

She has published around fifty books (many subsequently translated into dozens of languages). These include In Praise of Skepticism (2022), Cultural Backlash (2019, with Inglehart), 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 By-elections; Politics and Sexual Equality.

She established the Electoral Integrity Project in 2012 & served as  Director of Democratic Governance at the United Nations Development Program in NY, VP of APSA and the WVS, Executive member of 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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