Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Theda Skocpol is SSN’s Director. She is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, where she has also served as Dean of the Graduate School and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies. Skocpol is an internationally recognized scholar and has been elected to membership in all three of America’s scholarly honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; and the National Academy of Sciences.
Skocpol’s work covers a broad spectrum of topics and her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards. Over the last two decades, her research has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy. Among the many books she has authored or co-authored are Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life; Health Care Reform and American Politics; and The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Skocpol speaks regularly to community groups and writes for blogs and public-interest magazines.