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Pippa Norris
Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 110

Pippa Norris, the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, has taught at Harvard for a quarter century. She is also ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. A comparative political scientist she focuses on democracy and democratization, public opinion and elections, political communications, and gender politics. She directs The Electoral Integrity Project, which she established in 2012 with a team based at Sydney and Harvard. She is ranked 4th worldwide in political science citations by Google Scholar, with an H index of .84. She is ranked in the top 10% of scholars across all disciplines in papers downloaded from the SSRN.

Major honors include the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize, awarded by IPSA 'to honor a prominent scholar engaged in cross-disciplinary research.' Her contribution was recognized by award of the 2011 Johan Skytte prize (with Ronald Inglehart), known informally as the 'Nobel' prize in political science. Previous Harvard winners include Sidney Verba, Theda Skocpol and Robert Putnam. She has alsobeen  awarded the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate, the Sir Isiah Berlin Prize and a 'special recognition' award by the PSA UK, and honorary doctorates by Edinburgh and by Warwick universities.

A prolific author and international public speaker, she has published almost fifty books (many subsequently translated into dozens of languages). Those for Cambridge University Press include Strengthening Electoral Integrity (CUP 2017), the third of a trilogy on this subject,  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), and A Virtuous Circle (2000) (winner of the 2006 Doris A. Graber prize for the best book in political communications). Forthcoming books include Cultural Backlash: The Rise of Populist-Aiuthoritarianism (CUP 2018, with Inglehart). 

Edited books include 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 has 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, IPSA, and the PSA, as a consultant to the UN, OSCE, IDEA, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, NED, 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 with the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Center for International Development, the Ash Center, and the Shorenstein Center. Class offerings include DPI-616 Public Opinion and DPI-413 Democratization. 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 AsiaPacific: Six Actions to Expand Womens Empowerment. http://www.snap-undp.org/elibrary/Publication.aspx?id=695

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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