Biographies Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, where she has also served as dean of the Graduate School and as director of the Center for American Political Studies. Skocpol is an internationally recognized scholar and has been elected to membership in all three of America’s scholarly honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; and the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to her teaching and research, Skocpol serves as the Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, an organization with dozens of regional chapters that encourages nonpartisan public engagement by university-based scholars, building ties between academics and policymakers, civic groups, and journalists. Skocpol’s work covers a broad spectrum of topics, and her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards. Over the last two decades, her research has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy. Among the many books she has authored or co-authored are “Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003), “Health Care Reform and American Politics” (with Lawrence Jacobs, Oxford University Press, 2012), and “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism” (with Vanessa Williamson, Oxford University Press, 2012). Skocpol speaks regularly to community groups and writes for blogs and public-interest magazines. She received her bachelor’s from Michigan State University and both her master’s and doctorate from Harvard University.

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