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Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Assistant: Jahaida Jesurum

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 more than a quarter century. A comparative political scientist, her work focuses on democracy, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics aroound the world. Google Scholar ranks her 5th worldwide in political science citations, with an H index of 104, the SSRN ranks her in the top 5% of scholars across all disciplines, and Ioannidis et al (2019) rank her as the most cited political scientist in the world.

Major honors recognizing her work 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 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 other awards.

She has published around fifty books (many subsequently translated into dozens of languages). These include Strengthening Electoral Integrity (CUP 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 Research 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 for the best book in political communications), and Political Recruitment (winner of the George Hallet prize). The latest is Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and Populist Authoritarianism (CUP 2019, with Inglehart). 

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 and served (on sabbatical leave) as the Director of Democratic Governance at the United Nations Development Program in New York and  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 and Philosophy from Warwick University, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in politics from the London School of Economics. She is affiliated at Harvard with the Government Department, Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Center for International Development, the Ash Center, and the Shorenstein Center.  Full details: www.pippanorris.com. Twitter: #PippaN15

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Outside Professional Activities For Pippa Norris

2013.OSCE/ODIHR lead editor (with Mona Lena Krook)Handbook on Measures Promoting Womens Political Participation.

2013. UNWomen- Beijing. Workshop facilitator on Women's Participation in Elected Office, Asia-Pacific. January 2013.

2012. UNDP Asia-Pacific. Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women's Empowerment. 

2012. International Foundation on Electoral Systems (IFES). Electoral fraud paneltalk on electoral integrity, Washington DC 30 May 2012

2012 UNDP Asia-Pacific Facilitatorand presenter, workshop on gender equality, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 1-5th April.

2011. OSCE consultant for a report Gender equality in elected office: A Six-Step Action Plan. (with Mona Lena Krook). Baseline study forthe OSCE/ODIHR. http://www.osce.org/odihr/78432





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