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PIPPA NORRIS is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for a quarter century. She is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University,  Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project. She has also served as Director of the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Program in New York.

Honors include the  2016 Brown Medal for Democracy awarded by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, the 2016 Academic Leadership in Political Science Award by the Australian Political Studies Association, the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize awarded by the International Political Science Association to recognize a prominent scholar engaged in the cross-disciplinary research, the 2011 Johan Skytte prize in political science, with Ronald Inglehart, the 2011 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship, a ‘special recognition’ award by the UK Political Science Association, book prizes in 2005 and 2006, an outstanding professional achievement award by the MPSA,  a Doctor honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh and an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of Warwick.

Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide. Her current research focuses on The Electoral Integrity Project, based at Harvard and the University of Sydney, established in 2012.

A well-known public speaker and prolific author, she has published around fifty books. This includes a series for Cambridge University Press: A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies (2000, winner of the 2006 Doris A. Graber award for the best book in political communications), Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide (2001), Democratic Phoenix: Political Activism Worldwide (2002) and Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the Globe (with Ronald Inglehart, 2003), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004, winner of the Virginia Hodgkinson prize from the Independent Sector, 2nd edition 2010), Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market (2005), Driving Democracy: Do power-sharing institutions work? (2008) and Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalizing World (2009, with Ronald Inglehart), Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited (2011), and Making Democratic Governance Work: The Impact of Regimes on Prosperity, Welfare and Peace (Cambridge University Press Fall 2012). Recent books are the trilogy, Why Electoral Integrity Matters (CUP 2014), Why Elections Fail (CUP 2015) and Strengthening Electoral integrity (forthcoming CUP 2017). 

Other authored or coauthored books include On Message (1999), Electoral Change Since 1945 (1997), Political Recruitment (1995), British By-elections (1990), Politics and Sexual Equality (1986). 

Edited books include Election Watchdogs (OUP 2017, coedited with Alesandro Nai), Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective (OUP 2016, co-edited with Andrea Abel van Es), Contentious Elections (co-edited with Richard Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma, 2015, Routledge), Advancing Electoral Integrity (co-edited with Richard Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma, OUP 2014)Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Agenda (World Bank 2010), Britain Votes 2005 (co-edited with Christopher Wlezien, 2005), Framing Terrorism (2003), Britain Votes 2001 (2001), Critical Citizens (1999), Critical Elections (1999), The Politics of News (1998, 2nd edition 2007), Elections and Voting Behaviour (1998), Britain Votes 1997 (1997), Women, Media and Politics (1997), Politics and the Press (1997), Passages to Power (1997), Comparing Democracies (1996, 2nd ed. 2002, 3rd edition 2009, 4th ed 2014), Women in Politics (1996), Different Voices, Different Lives (1994), Gender and Party Politics (1993), British Elections & Parties Yearbook (1991, 1992, 1993).  

Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages (French, German, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Pashtu, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, and Japanese). 

She has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, NDI, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the OSCE, the World Bank, UNWomen, UNDP, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the UK Electoral Commission. 

Articles and edited special issues have been published in numerous journals, including the British Journal for Political Science, Political Studies, Political Communication, the European Journal of Political Research, the International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies and Legislative Studies, and she co-founded The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics

For professional service, she has served on executive bodies for the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Political Science Association of the UK (PSA), the European Consortium of Political Research, the World Values Survey Association, and the British Politics Group of APSA. She is President of APSA's EPOVB section and has served as President of the Political Communications section of APSA, and the Women and Politics Research Group of APSA, and she was Co-Founding Chair of the Elections, Parties, and Public Opinion Group (EPOP) of the PSA. 

She has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of East Anglia, the University of Oslo, the University of Cape Town, Otago University, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University. Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, she taught at Edinburgh University. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from Warwick University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Her teaching at Harvard's Kennedy School includes several classes such as DPI-403: Democratic Governance, DPI-413 Challenges of Democratization,   DPI-415 Comparative Politics & Policy, DPI-6161Public Opinion, DPI-415 Comparative Politics in Global Perspective and DPI-416 Electoral Integrity, and also Gov-20 Comparative Politics and Gov-1109 Comparative Institutional Design in Harvard’s Government Department. 

Full details and publications can be found at: and she can be contacted at

Pippa Norris,
Aug 3, 2017, 10:24 AM