Kathleen Thelen is Ford Professor of Political Science at MIT and president-elect of the American Political Science Association. At CES, she co-chairs the Seminar on State and Capitalism since 1800. Her most recent books are Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity (2014) and Advances in Comparative Historical Analysis (co-editor with J. Mahoney, 2015). Recent awards include the Barrington Moore Book Prize (2015) and the “best book” award of APSA’s European Politics section (2015). A previous book, How Institutions Evolve, received the Mattei Dogan Prize and the Woodrow Wilson Prize. Thelen was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in 2009.