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Sidney Verba

Sidney Verba

Research Professor

Professor Verba is The Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Government as Harvard University, where he taught for thirty-five years.  At Harvard, he was also chair of the Department of Government, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Undergraduate Education, and Associate Provost, among several other senior administrative posts.  In addition, he  served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Press and has been the author of University-wide reports on many complex subjects.  Professor Verba received his B.A from Harvard and his PhD from Princeton.  He taught at Princeton, Stanford, the University of Chicago, before joining the Harvard faculty.

Professor Verba is the author of over twenty books and numerous articles on American and comparative government.  Much of his writing is on the role of citizen engagement and activism in a democracy, with an emphasis on issues of equality in political, social, and economic life.  His books include The Civic Culture, Participation in America, Participation and Political Equality, The Changing American Voter, Voice and Equality,, and Designing Social Inquiry.  

He has been President of the American Political Science Association.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (where he has chaired the Social and Political Science Section and currently chairs the Committee on Human Rights), the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Among his awards are the James Madison Prize of the American Political Science Association, the Association's highest award, given every three years for a career contribution to political science, the Skytte Award from Upsalla University in Sweden, the major international award for significant contributions to political science world wide, the Dinerstein Prize from the World Association of Public Opinion Research for contributions to the methodology and study of public opinion, and the Warren Miller Prize for contributions to the study of elections and public opinion.   Awards for his writing include the American Political Science Associations Kammerer Award for the best book on American politics and its Woodrow Wilson award for the best book in political science.

In retirement, Professor Verba is continuing his research on political equality with a large-scale study of the role of interest organizations in American politics.

Professor Verba served as Director of the Harvard University Library for 24 years. 


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