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Margaret Levi

Margaret Levi

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CSBS)
PhD, Government, Harvard University, 1974
AB, Political Science (cum laude), Bryn Mawr College, 1968

About

Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, professor of political science, and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. She is also Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the department of political science at the University of Washington. She is the winner of the 2019 Johan Skytte Prize. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015, the Robert Dahl Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2017, and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2018. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science, in 2017 gave the Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture, and in 2018 received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
 
She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington. She has been a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She held the chair in politics, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, 2009-13 and is currently an affiliate professor there. At the University of Washington she was director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and formerly the Harry Bridges Chair and Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.
 
Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and seven books, including Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Cooperation Without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), co-authored with John Ahlquist, explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest. She was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science.