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Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2019


Daniel Ziblatt is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and resident faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where he co-chairs (with Steve Levitsky) a new research cluster entitled “Challenges to Democracy.” Ziblatt completed his BA at Pomona College and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting fellow in the US and Europe, including at the European University Institute (Florence), Sciences Po (Paris), and Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität (Munich). Ziblatt’s research focuses on democratization, democratic breakdown, political parties, state-building, and historical political economy, with an emphasis on Europe from the nineteenth century to today. His books include the New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky, and Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge, 2017), which won the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations and the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Barrington Moore Book Prize.

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