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Robert D. Putnam
Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Aarhus University in Denmark

Over the last half century, Robert D. Putnam has conducted path-breaking research on international affairs, European politics, political development, and contemporary American society and politics. Putnam teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard University and served as dean of HKS from 1989 to 1991. He co-founded the Saguaro Seminar, bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal, and consults widely with national leaders, including the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, and the last French president. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world's highest accolade for a political scientist, and in 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. VIEW FULL BIO