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Robert Putnam

Robert Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association. A 2006 recipient of the Skytte Prize, he has served as an adviser to presidents and national leaders around the world. He has written more than a dozen books, including Bowling Alone (2000) and Making Democracy Work (1993), both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. Putnam’s recent book, American Grace, with David Campbell of Notre Dame, focuses on the role of religion in American public life. He is currently finishing a book on the growth of inequality among American youth.


  • Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University