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Robert D. Putnam


Robert D. Putnam

The Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, principal investigator of The Saguaro Seminar, and seminar participant

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy. He has served as chairman of Harvard’s Department of Government, Director of the Center for International Affairs, and Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2013-2014 at Aarhus University in Denmark.

He is author or co-author of more than a dozen books and more than thirty scholarly articles published in ten languages, including Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy (1993); Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics (1993); Hanging Together: The Seven-Power Summits (1984); Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies (1981); Comparative Study of Political Elites (1976); and Beliefs of Politicians (1973). Professor Putnam was educated at Swarthmore College, Balliol College, Oxford; and Yale University, and has received honorary degrees from Swarthmore and Stockholm University. He has taught at the University of Michigan and served on the staff of the National Security Council. In 2001-2002 he served as President of the American Political Science Association. He has written numerous books including the best-selling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000), and more recently a collective volume Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society (2002). In 2003, he completed Better Together describing a dozen promising new examples of social capital-building in communities across America. He is currently undertaking research on the challenges of building community in an increasingly diverse society.