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Torben Iversen

Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair


Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen is Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Government Department at Harvard University. His research and teaching interests include comparative political economy, electoral politics, and applied formal theory. He is the author or co-author of Big Data and the Welfare State: How the Information Revolution Threatens Social Solidarity (Cambridge University Press, 2022) (with Philipp Rehm), Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century (Princeton University Press, 2019) (with David Soskice), Women, Work, and Politics: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (Yale University Press, 2010) (with Frances Rosenbluth), Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Contested Economic Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Iversen is also the author or co-author of more than four dozen articles on comparative politics and political economy. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a Radcliffe Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, and a BP Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.

At CES, Iversen is a faculty associate and co-chairs the "Seminar on the State and Capitalism Since 1800."


  • Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University