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Robert Putnam        

Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Author of "Our Kids"

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.

In addition to teaching, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association.

He has received numerous scholarly honors, including the Skytte Prize, the most prestigious global award in political science, and the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities.

Putnam has written fourteen books, translated into more than twenty languages, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half-century.

His 2010 book, co-authored with David E. Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson award as the best book in political science.

He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries.

His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, on the growing class gap among American young people, was published in March 2015.


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A Harvard professor whose book "Bowling Alone'' examined the role of community in the United States will receive the 2012 National Humanities Medal from ...

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